Temporarily lost playlists after using iTunes Match


macrumors member
Original poster
Jul 12, 2008
Sacramento, CA
Sorry to create a new thread on this, but after a search I couldn't find an answer (or remedy) for this problem.

So activated iTunes match lat night, everything went well. Logged on to my 4S, activated the service on this end, and after hesitantly swiping yes to "this will erase all local music and replace with iCloud music" I accepted.

The music took a second, but then all songs (including ones not previously stored on my device) showed up. Thought success, but then realized that ALL the playlists were gone, and in its place was "Add new Playlist". This of course freaked me out, but then after 5 min or so, the playlists were added back.

Now the reason for the message is that that was last night. This morning, opened the Music app and again the playists were gone. After another 5 (seemed longer this time, but on my work wi-fi which is much slower than my home network) minutes things came back, of course not after chewing through 4-5% on my poor battery life that remains a problem.

Is this going to happen EACH and EVERY time the app is closed and reopened? Could it have something to do with a sync that occured over wi-fi last night while sleeping and phone plugged in? Any solution for this or is Apple even aware?


macrumors 68030
Jun 30, 2010
'Music' pulls your playlists from iCloud so yes, it will probably do that every time until Apple decides to cache your playlists so this doesn't happen.

Of course that's probably why Match is still in beta.


macrumors 65816
Nov 8, 2010
South Carolina
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What happens if you create a playlist on the device? Will that playlist get updated to the cloud? If so, will it act in the same manner by pulling the playlist from the cloud?


macrumors 68030
Jun 30, 2010
I created one earlier on my home Mac via LogMeIn and I'm looking at it right now on my device. I would assume it would be the same if I had created it on my iPhone.
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