iOS 8 Music App + Playlist Issues

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by neferr, Sep 16, 2014.

  1. neferr macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2014
    Upgraded to the GM from iOS 7 - never had any betas installed. Everything is (mostly) fine, except a lot of problems with the music app, particularly around creating/editing playlists.

    1. If i try to create a playlist from my phone, after adding several songs, the "Done" button turns into the "Now Playing" arrow and I can't complete/finish/save the playlist. I have to force close the Music app, which discards the playlist.

    2. I have a bunch of playlists stored in playlist folders in iTunes. These all sync fine to my iPhone, but I'm unable to edit any playlists in folders from my iPhone. The "Edit" and "Delete" buttons at the top of the playlists are grayed out for these playlists, when the work just fine for any playlists that are not stored in playlist folders. Swiping to delete a song does not work either.

    3. Minor, but weird - I like how the playlists now show you the # of songs and the total time of the playlist. However, 3 or my 4 playlist folders have a completely arbitrary number of songs & total time that is nowhere near the amount in the playlist folder. The 4th folder shows neither total songs nor time.

    Is anyone else seeing this? I don't want to do a full restore if I don't have to.
  2. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    I see the same issues in the official release, which I'm running. Can't edit any of my playlists, which are all located/organized into folders. Really annoying as I'm constantly adding things to different playlists while on the go to better categorize my music.
  3. CrazyD macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    Playlists in folders

    I've had similar issues with playlists and folders using the general release. I have 10 folders, all created in iTunes over the span of several years, organizing upward of 100 playlists. iOS 8 with iTunes Match has synced all the playlists over, but failed to arranged the majority of the playlists into the appropriate folders, nearly all appear in iOS 8, but are unsorted within folders. Although the folders are present, all but 1 have no nested playlists within. I had a similar issue with iOS 7, though not as severe as this— with <10 playlists arranged incorrectly.

    iTunes Match has worked so well in the past with syncing playlists to multiple devices. My family uses a shared iTunes account to sync all iTunes music and playlist arrangements to 2 Macs, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads, an old iPod Touch still running iOS 6, and an Apple TV. Up until iOS 7, everything was always synced and arranged perfectly. Since last year with iOS 7, the iPhones and iPads have had difficulty getting the playlists arranged correctly, although the old iPod Touch and Apple TV sync perfectly. ??? The two Macs also sync perfectly. No matter where the playlist is updated/added, it propagates to all other devices as well. I'm not sure how the Music app has gone so wrong, but it is quite frustrating to have to struggle to find all this stored up information.

    Of note, within an individual playlist, the sync appears to work perfectly. Also, my most used folder is the only one to have playlists nested both within, and out of, the folder, the ones correctly arranged inside the folder seem to be ones that have been created most recently. I hope I don't have to re-create all these playlists.

    Any one have any thoughts on how to get all devices to sync and arrange properly?

  4. CrazyD macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011

    I readjusted one offending folder using iTunes containing several simple Smart Playlists in the following way:

    Force quit Music app on iOS 8 using iPhone 6
    Turned off 'Show All Music' and 'iTunes Match' in Settings
    Recreated all Smart Playlists in newly created folder in iTunes on Mac (running v11.4 in Mavericks).
    Deleted old Smart Playlists
    Updated iTunes Match
    Re-enabled 'iTunes Match' and 'Show All Music' on the Music app
    Relaunched Music App.

    During this series, after Updating iTunes Match on the Mac, when that completed, some playlists (6/12) successfully synced to the new folder, while iTunes added all the original playlists in the old folder once 'Update' was complete. Presumably because iTunes Match is still running in several other devices, running a combination of OSs. (Seems like too many combinations of Music that may be communicating with Apple's servers). I'll have to try it again when I have control of all the other devices and can turn off iTunes Match on all but one while I run these tests. It just seems like a lot of unnecessary tweaking for a service that should 'just work'.

    When I re-enabled iTunes Match on the iPhone 6 running iOS 8, these newly-created playlists were again [seemingly] randomly spread throughout the Playlists view, some in, some out of folders. Quite frustrating.
  5. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    The 8.0.2 update hasn't seemed to fix the playlist issue. It's hard to tell if this is a bug or a design. I'm assuming its a bug, but it seems like such a trivial and easy thing to fix that I'm surprised it hasn't been done already.
  6. Torsten B. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2014
  7. Saney macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2014
    Problem Solved

    I just discovered that if I create a new playlist, add one song from the Songs listing and click "Done" that I can then edit the playlist, add more songs and the "Done" button stays put. Definitely a bug.
  8. scorpionvenomm macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2014
    I have the same issue and have to reboot the phone thats very annoying i buy a 64GB iphone 6 plus for loads of my music and this issue :( hopefully it gets fixed quick its a bug for sure.
  9. Wulfking macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2014
    With the bug where you cant add or delete songs from a playlist i have found that if you have music playing and the song changes while you are editing the done button turns into now playing which is frustrating as most people edit their playlists while listening to music on their phone

    So if you want to edit a playlist PAUSE your music or it will get rid of our much wanted done button

    Hope this helps anyone
  10. scorpionvenomm macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2014
    Cheers for that nice one let's hope Apple fix this bug :)
  11. bakers135 macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2015
    Potential fix

    This has been driving me nuts, but I think I figured it out.

    I was not able to add any music to playlists that wasn't local. I usually add my music to a playlist, then download it to my iPhone afterward.

    Under Settings - iTunes & App Store I just checked "Use Cellular Data" and that allowed me to create playlists on the go/steam if needed.

    Hope that solves the issue for you. :cool:

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