Problem with iTunes playlists in the iCloud

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gradstudent88, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2011
    I've discovered this fantastic new problem with iTunes Match/iCloudwhere, when I go to add songs to my playlist in iTunes (on my Mac), I get this error message:

    "iCloud playlists can only contain songs from your iCloud music library."

    If I click 'Remove playlist and Continue,' it obviously removes it from my iPhone immediately and I don't know how to get it back. How can I enable it so I can seamlessly edit my playlists on my Mac and have it sync up with my phone without this hassle?
  2. macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    Odd! Have you made sure all the songs you're trying to add have been uploaded or matched?
  3. macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    I’m getting that too but mine is still matching. Will try again after it’s done
  4. macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2012
    I have iTunes 10.5.3 (latest as of today) and am having the same problem. I purchased a song on iTunes on my Mac and am unable to drag it into a playlist without getting:

    "iCould playlists can only contain songs from your iCloud music library."

    So the question for me is: Why is a purchased song not considered a part of my iCloud music library?

    I found that I CAN add the song to the same playlist from my iPhone 4, but then the playlists on my iPhone and Mac are out of sync. Performaing a manual sync in iTunes on the Mac doesn't resolve this.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 27, 2005
    its yet another MAJOR iTunes Match bug....its ridiculous how under developed some of Apple's software is thesedays...

    I would love someone from apple to describe to me me in plain english why i cant update a playlist with another song without removing it altogether..

    Totally retarted...

    Is iTunes Match only meant for completed music collections??:confused:
  6. macrumors newbie

    Nov 16, 2011
    Same problem here. The solution is don't drag -- instead right-click on the song(s) and choose "Add to Playlist"
  7. macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2009
    London, UK
    Have Apple locked us into only buying from iTunes

    My problem is slightly different: music bought from iTunes can be added to a playlist, but music bought else where, like Amazon (because it's cheaper) can't be added to the playlist.

    So does this mean that Apple have locked me in to buying music only from them? I've had to stop using iCloud while this remains an issue.
  8. macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2011
    I have music in there from many sources, including Amazon and it works fine.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    REALLY! Still no fix to Playlists !! C'mon

    I really can't believe that Apple still hasn't addressed this problem of:
    1. I purchase a song on my iPhone or iPad
    2. I'm operating under a Match subscription that matched ALL of my music.
    3. The newly purchased song shows up on my iMac under Purchased and Music
    4. I try to move that song to an existing playlist that I've had forever (workout mix)
    5. I get that crazy message: "iCloud playlists can only contain songs from your iCloud music library." "If you continue,"playlist name" will be removed from iCloud and will only be available on this computer."

    What the H does that mean. I'll eventually blow away all songs out of the cloud since I want to move them to a playlist. I don't see any instructions ANYWHERE on how to add a song that is already in the iCloud to an exiting iCloud Playlist. SHOW ME HOW TO DO THAT AND THEN MAYBE I WON'T GET THE MESSAGE. This is discouraging me from making further iTunes purchases. C'MON APPLE, GET THIS FIXED OR GET THOSE MISLEADING ICLOUD COMMERCIALS OFF THE AIR before you get slapped with false advertising.
  10. macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2012
    problem iTunes playlist in the cloud

    I have the same problem and need help,the massage is :"iCloud playlists can only contain songs from your iCloud music library." "If you continue,"playlist name" will be removed from iCloud and will only be available on this computer."
  11. macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2012

    I don't even have iTunes Match ON anymore! But I STILL get this message when adding to any playlists that, I suppose, were on my computer while I was using Match. Worse, I can hit "Remove Playlist and Continue" as many times as I want, and it still asks me, every time I add to it.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2012

    I had this same problem. Here is my workaround

    Let's say my original playlist was


    I made a new playlist


    I put all from the old Playlist into Playlist1 + all the new purchases (the ones that caused iTunes to complain) into Playlist1

    So now Playlist1 has all I want. No iTunes error message.

    Delete Playlist
    Rename Playlist1 to Playlist

    Done. A bit of a hassle, but nothing lost & I get what I want.

    My epistemological theory is that my old playlist format is somehow incompatible with new stuff like iTunes Match
  13. macrumors member

    Mar 29, 2011
    This is sort of an old thread, but i'll post what happened to me for other people with this problem.

    I kept getting this error when i was trying to add a particular song to a playlist, and it turned out to be happening because it was a duplicate. What i mean is, i had two copies of this song (when this happens and you have iTunes Match, then one of the two gets labeled a duplicate and wont be uploaded to iCloud). Well, since i was trying to copy the song off from the "Recently Added" playlist the duplicate icon was not showing. As soon as i tried to copy it into the new playlist the error would pop up. The very simple work around for THIS case, was to drag over the one that was not labeled as a duplicate.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2008
    iTunes Match

    I had the exact same problem as everyone here. When I downloaded tunes from the new iTunes store and tried to add them to my playlists, I'd get the message:"iCloud playlists can only contain songs from your iCloud music library."

    I then looked into it and found that my iTunes Match on my MacBook was not turned on. When I did that and then turned on iTunes Match on my iPhone, iPod and iPad, everything synced up and now I'm able to add any tune to any playlist on the Mac, iPhone ...etc. and all is ok. Looks like iTunes 11 is demanding that you turn on iTunes Match.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2012
    In iTune go to STORE and make sure your computer is still registered for iTunes match—the upgrade seems to have taken computers off of the registration. (What a joke. Wonder if this will cause problems with the number of devices that it recognizes, with regards to limits?)
  16. macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    YES! I feel like an idiot, but iTunes match has to be turned on to add a song to a playlist that used to sync with iCloud. If you don't care about iTunes match anymore, just allow the playlist to be removed from iCloud.

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