Issue with duplicate songs in Music app

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iChillax, Mar 9, 2016.

  1. iChillax macrumors regular

    iChillax

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    #1
    Hey everyone,

    I'm dealing with an issue that's extremely frustrating. My songs are being duplicated on my iPhone 5s and I can't figure out how to make sure there's only 1 copy on it. This is how it's appearing on my iPhone with one hard copy and the other being from the cloud. I'm currently running the most up-to date iOS.

    Does anyone know how to fix this?
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  2. iChillax thread starter macrumors regular

    iChillax

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  3. MacknTosh macrumors member

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    Do you use iTunes Match? I have in the past, and never renewed my subscription. I found that after subscribing to iTunes Match that I was getting multiple copies of the same song on my iPhone - for some albums, I found that I had up to 3 copies of every song!! I don't know how it happened, but I could only solve this problem by switching off iTunes match, deleting all music on my iPhone and then re-synching the music back onto my iPhone via iTunes.

    As it happens, when Apple Music started, I took advantage of the free trial, and within days noticed that I was again getting multiple tracks duplicated on my iPhone. Not surprisingly, I decided not to start paying for a subscription.

    I can't help but think that when Match or Music were used, songs were getting uploaded to the Cloud, and then pushed back onto the phone, even though a copy already existed on the phone (doesn't quite explain how I was frequently getting up to 3 copies, but I don't have particularly high expectations when it comes to having Apple manage my music library via the Cloud...).
     
  4. The Equalizer macrumors newbie

    The Equalizer

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    It's been reported on here a few times - you have to switch on "Only offline music" in Playlists.
    I'm on 9.0, crucially I also have to kill and restart the music app for it to pick up the changes.
     
  5. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    I have seen this too. The only difference is I buy music from iTunes Store, and here I have duplicates of purchased songs. No duplicates for synced ones.
    Now I am in iOS 9.3 b6, and I can see no duplicates. That doesn't mean upgrading to iOS 9.3 could solve this problem though.
     
  6. roccobladr macrumors 6502

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    I had similar issues as I had iTunes Match in the past but did not renew and now have Apple Music. Here's how I fixed it but note that this may not necessarily be your best option...

    Go to the album (or individual song) that is a duplicate.
    Hit the three little dots
    Press delete
    If you are on Apple Music you can just download it again/add to your library.


    I'm not sure of the long term ramifications of this such as what happens when I stop using Apple Music as some of these songs are ones that I have uploaded to the cloud from iTunes Match but for me it's worth the hassle of not having duplicates and I have a backup on my hard drive anyway.
     

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