How to Remove Songs from Apple Music Library

Updated by Adam Gorden on Jun 23, 2021 4:10 PM.
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Since its launch in 2015, Apple Music has grown tremendously over the years. This is evident by the tons of songs and millions of users on its platform. Apple Music dwells on hand-picked content, which makes you want to save as many tracks and playlists as possible. This then takes us to the need to delete songs from Apple Music library from time to time. The old songs, of course, fade with time as you add your newly found fresh and trending tracks. If not anything to go by, deleting songs from Apple Music is also a simple way of keeping your storage free. Here's how to remove those songs that you no longer need from your Apple Music library.

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Part 1. Features of Apple Music: Everything You Should Know
Part 2. Delete Apple Music Songs/Playlists in Apple Music App
Part 3. Remove Song from Apple Music Playlist with Settings App
Part 4. Tips of Removing Songs from Apple Music Library

Features of Apple Music: Everything You Should Know

Here are some features of Apple Music you need to know to get most of Apple Music and use it better.

Listen Now

This can be the easiest way to play what you love and discover new music you are interested in. Tap it and you will see Top Picks, Recently Played, and more based on your listening history.

Apple Music 1 (Beats 1)

It is one of the most-listened-to radio stations in the world, sharing in-depth artist interviews, global exclusives, and premieres with its listeners. This feature lets you tune in to the latest breaking news and other programming functionalities.

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Siri

If you have your hands busy doing other things, you can simply ask Siri to play songs by any artist, mood, or genre. For example, you can say "Hey Siri, play something chill."

In-app Notifications

It will enable you to receive notifications which will appear at the top of the Library tab in the Music app, whenever any of your favorite artists releases a hot hit. This is probably the best way to keep track of the trending music genres at all times.

Music Videos

You have the liberty to listen to any kind of music and watch top music videos on Apple Music. You can also check out curated music video playlists.

How to Delete Apple Music Songs/Playlists in Apple Music App

You can delete Apple Music songs at the Apple Music app whether you use iOS devices, Android, Mac, or Windows.

Step 1. Go to the Music app and launch it. From the bottom-right corner of the screen, click on the My Music tab to open your entire music library. The library is located at the bottom-left corner of your screen. These may be categorized into artists, genres, playlists, or songs. At this point, you may choose to delete an entire playlist or a single song. If you find a Download icon next to the track, this means you save it at the iCloud.

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Step 2. On Mac, you need to hover the pointer over the song or playlist and click the More Options button. On your iPhone, iPad, iPod, or Android, press and hold the song or playlist.

Step 3. A pop-up menu will be opened containing several options like Play Next, Add to a Playlist, Remove Download, Add to Up Next, and so on. Choose Remove or Remove Download to delete song from Apple Music playlist. If you use iOS devices, choose Delete from Library to remove this song or playlist from all devices that you use with Apple Music.

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How to Remove Song from Apple Music Playlist with Settings App

You can use the Settings app to remove song from Apple playlist on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Follow these steps.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app on your iOS device.

Step 2. Go to General > iPhone Storage or iPad Storage > Music.

Step 3. Swipe left on an artist, album, or song to delete it. Or you can swipe left on All Songs option to delete all of them.

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Tips of Removing Songs from Apple Music Library

• If you have a second thought as you delete Apple Music songs, you may as well back up Apple Music songs for later use.

As you should know, Apple doesn't allow any user to save the downloaded Apple Music songs on computer or non-Apple devices. In order to make a backup of Apple Music tracks anywhere, you'll need the help of TunesKit Apple Music Converter, a 3rd-party Apple Music converter that can easily convert Apple Music songs to MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, FLAC, WAV at up to 320 Kbps and at a 30 X faster speed with ID3 tags kept. You can download the free version below for a try.

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• Otherwise, if you wish to permanently remove a song from Apple Music library, go to the Remove from My Music option. This step makes your removed song non-retrievable.

Conclusion & Suggestion

Your Apple Music library has the capacity to hold a large volume of data. However, it may at times become overcrowded with music that you no longer need. In such a case, you have the option to delete Apple Music songs. For one, is to save space so that you have room for other important data and the other reason is to do a cleanup of your library. Whatever your reason may be, it is important to back up your data before you carry on with the deletion process. There are many third-party tools that you can use for this purpose. Backing up of songs does not necessarily mean that you have to retrieve them back. You can back up with TunesKit at your computer and later decide to delete them if they are totally not needed. Otherwise, you will lose them completely if you cancel Apple Music subscription.

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