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I always thought I knew a fair amount about iPhones/ iTunes etc but this has me stumped!!

I have a 16gb iPhone 5 running the latest version of iTunes on a Windows Laptop. I do not have iTunes Match.

Due to having 100gb of music on the laptop I have already 'checked' the following options in the iPhone 'summary'

  • Sync only ticked songs and videos
  • Manually manage music and videos

I then went into 'music' and unchecked all the artists, albums etc to the point it said 0 songs (in light grey next to where it says sync music)

So looking at that it should mean I have no songs selected, so none on my phone... BUT NO!

It is still telling me I have 5gb of audio! I have gone back and forth applying/ syncing/ checking/ unchecking in the hope I have overlooked something but I am now totally stuck on what to try next.

All I want to do is remove all songs from the phone and then put some fresh music back on.

Going mad, please help!!

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i had the same problem where even though i click yes for it to erase everything so i could resync my iphone none of the music was removed from my phone as it was removed from my itunes. i went to settings - general - usuage - waited for my apps to load - chose music - edit and then deleted....took 2 times for it to work. then i was able to freshly sync my iphone with music from my itunes. i tried every other process and this is the only thing that worked. highly reccomend an external hard drive to back everything up to. makes it so much easier when you get a new computer or new hard drive. thanks for the help!

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In my iPhone 5S Gold I Found at below location

Settings --> General --> Usage -->Manage Storage --> Music

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Go All Music --> Now click on Edit

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Finally click on Music it will show Delete Button --> Click again to Remove.

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It will remove entire music files on your device.

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If it helps, I was struggling with this too - then realised Podcasts are counted under music! Clear out your Podcasts in the same way as above, et voila!

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I was having the same issue. I don't know if you are continuing to have the same problem but I was trying everything I could think of. I tried selecting just a few songs and it would still have others on my phone!

Finally, I stumbled across the issue. Under the Music tab when you're looking at your phone on iTunes, make sure all of the artists and albums sections are unchecked, as well. That is where all my music selections were hiding.

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Assuming you're running the latest iOS (iOS6)

From the Home Screen, go to Settings > General > Usage

Wait while it loads your apps, then select music.

Then tap 'Edit' and delete your music.

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