Duplicate Playlists

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by legaleye3000, Feb 15, 2017.

  1. legaleye3000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2007
    I am finding that my iOS devices are creating duplicate playlists where the duplicate is called "(Name) 1" while the original playlist name is just "(Name)". I did see it in iTunes on my computer for some reason and I deleted the playlist; however, its back. Any help appreciated.
  2. DaPizzaMan macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2016
    This has been happening to me for a while now too.
  3. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    There is a case which you see duplicates while actually it is not.
    If you modify the playlist on your device rather than through iTunes, iTunes will create a "duplicate" containing iTunes version when syncing. They are not the same.
    To resolve, you simply edit playlist in iTunes, then delete the old one, sync, duplicate should go away.

    However, idk if this is your case. Only for reference.
  4. DaPizzaMan macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2016
    Why does it not just sync the updates/changes you made instead of creating a new playlist? That seems pretty counter-intuitive to me...
  5. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Same to me, but this is what iTunes does. Happens from iOS 9 era. Didn't remember iOS 8.4 though.
  6. DaPizzaMan macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2016
    Or it could just be a bug that has gone unnoticed/unfixed? I sure hope it's not a feature...
  7. Spazzy macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2017
    Make sure the device you are syncing to does NOT have iCloud sharing turned on. Otherwise, it gets confused as to whether to sync from cord attached to computer or iCloud. Thus, the extra list.
  8. LostEchoes macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2014
    This is an ongoing issue for years now and no one has found a real solution yet (and I don't mean renaming playlists, deleting, etc). Maybe we should start reporting it to Apple.

    Here are some references:





    p.s. My iPhone does NOT have iCloud sharing turned on, so that does not fix the issue.
  9. 212rikanmofo macrumors 68000

    Jan 31, 2003
    I've been experiencing this problem for awhile not too, and it's so annoying. Is there a fix for this yet?
  10. inteliboy macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2014
    Is there a fix to this yet? Been going on for years - and with new laptops, phones etc...
  11. LostEchoes macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2014
  12. lwmccarthy macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2018
    Usual c!ap of Apple thinking they know best and then clearly demonstrating how little they know about handling data. In their obsessive compulsion to keep control of OUR data they loose sight of the fact that we might actually want to use it (that which is ours) in a way that does not conform to their world view.....

    Pretty poor show that the standard response is to say there isn't a problem and then to say that the problem is you or the way you want to operate.

    I am very close to throwing all my Apple hardware and replacing with a vendor that actually wants to give the customer the option of doing things the way they want....

    Apple are great at suppressing dissent. There are literally millions of users all over the world who are super p!ss!d with Apple but when you look at their forums it seems like they have a couple of minor issues which nobody really cares about....
  13. DaPizzaMan macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2016
    Fortunately I moved on to Spotify. No issues there.
  14. renwolverine macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2018
    Pretty sure Apple knows this is an issue by now but just won't do anything about it--or don't know how.

    I have had a program called CopyTrans for years now, and I just use the CopyTrans Manager program when I have issues like this. I delete the duplicate playlists off iTunes, then connect my iPhone to the computer, open CopyTrans Manager and delete the duplicates off the phone that way, "update" in CopyTrans Manager and then it's done.

    BTW, when I just had this issue this weekend, I directly modified the playlists in iTunes on the computer, not on my iPhone, and I still ended up with duplicates. I'm seriously considering just 100% using CopyTrans to manager my iPhone.
  15. arielreyes001 macrumors newbie

    Jan 17, 2018
    I know it's late but... Try force closing the music app on the device before syncing. That's worked for me.
  16. jgoldbaum macrumors newbie

    May 26, 2018
    Hi all. This problem has been hounding me for a year. Last night I called apple and spoke to a great manager. To solve this problem its very simple. Click the box manually manage your music in iTunes. This will allow you to make changes on your iPhone and iTunes without making that duplicate playlist 1,2,3.

    So if you make playlist in iTunes "driving music" and delete a song one day listing to music.
    ON your iPhone. Connect your phone to iTunes. and hit sycn button.

    that's it. problem solved.....

  17. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Then you will lose the convenience of syncing music and some hidden features only syncing can give you. Not sure what they are but there are some.
  18. jagooch macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2009
    Denver, co
    Can you screenshot the checkbox that you are talking about? I cannot find it in iTunes 12.9.5
  19. mikzn macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    Yeah I agree that would wreck a lot of playlists for me

    I don't have any connection to my music files with icloud - ane always use itunes as the master to sync from - but I still get this duplication :( to my playlists

    I think you are right maybe it has something to do with changing things on the phone / iPad ??
  20. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    Yes. Sometimes changing playlist on iPhone creates duplicates. Sometimes changing playlist on iTunes creates duplicates. Not 100% sure why it happens. Since I have two iOS devices now, yesterday, after I finish syncing both devices, I ended up having two duplicates in iTunes. Pretty amazing, right? /s

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