I would like to know how to remove the songs with this shape next to their title because they seem to mess up the song play. When they appear the music app stops playing music.


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i just had the same problem. what i did was i downloaded other songs of the same artist and i deleted the whole music section of the artist. (i hope that makes sense) i have an ipad and it happened to some of my taylor swift songs so i redownloaded all my other taylor swift songs and i went to the artist section in the music library on my ipad and i deleted taylor swift and the songs with the grey circle disappeared. i hope this helped!


This question looks like a duplicate of: iOS 5 Music App Grey circle with a square inside it next to the song title - what does it indicate?

The symbol is the download progress indicator - songs showing that symbol haven't finished downloading. If the download isn't progressing (the circle isn't filling up), try restarting the downloads in the iTunes app.

  • Actually it is not! I know what it is but I cannot remove these songs from my iPhone, (they are dublicates of other existing songs) I even tried to resume the download but nothing happened... These duplicates with the circle shape next to the title mess up the song play on my iPhone....
    – Christos
    May 8, 2012 at 18:39
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    @Christos Nix is right - that's what the circles are. Your issue with the inability to remove is separate: you should try killing and restarting the Music app or rebooting the phone.
    – Cajunluke
    Jul 13, 2012 at 22:55
  • As noted in the comment to the question, this is not really a duplicate – that question asks what the symbol means, not how to get rid of it (actually, the “how to get rid of it” was edited out of the question). There is a resolution outlined in the comments, but it is not in the scope of the question, never mind an answer.
    – kopischke
    Oct 29, 2012 at 9:43

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