Delete songs and music videos from your iCloud Music Library

If you're a member of Apple Music or subscribe to iTunes Match, you can delete media from your iCloud Music Library.

If you're an Apple Music member or subscribe to iTunes Match, your music and video content is stored in iCloud Music Library. When you delete an item from iCloud Music Library, it also deletes from any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch that uses iCloud Music Library with the same Apple ID. After you delete an item from iCloud Music Library, you can't recover it. If you want to add the item back to your library, download it again.

If you see a download icon   next to content that you purchased from the iTunes Store, the item is stored in iCloud Music Library, not on your device. If you delete content from iCloud Music Library that you purchased from the iTunes Store, the item hides. If you want to add a purchased item back to your library, you can unhide it. Learn more about hidden purchases.

If you bought the content that you want to delete from the iTunes Store and didn't download it as part of your Apple Music membership or iTunes Match subscription, learn how to delete content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Open the Music app and tap Library. Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to delete, then use 3D Touch or long press the item.

Depending on if you have the item downloaded to your device, you'll see one of these options:

  • If you haven't downloaded the item to your device, tap "Delete from Library" to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.
  • If the item is downloaded to your device, tap Remove. Then tap Remove Downloads to remove the item only from your device, or tap "Delete from Library" to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.

If you want to see only content that you downloaded to your device, follow these steps:

  • Tap Library > Downloaded Music. A message that says "Showing only music on this [device]" appears at the top of the screen. Tap Library in the upper-left corner to go back to your full library.

On your Mac or PC

Open iTunes and click Library. Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to delete, then right-click or Control-click the item.

Depending on if you have the item downloaded to your device, you'll see one of these options:

  • If you haven't downloaded the item to your computer, select Delete From Library to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.
  • If the item is downloaded to your computer, select Remove Download to remove the item only from your computer, or select Delete From Library to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.

If you want to see only content that you downloaded to your computer, follow these steps:

  • Click Library. Then, from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose View > Only Downloaded Music. Choose View > All Music to see your full library again.

On your Android phone

Open the Apple Music app. Tap  , then tap Library. Find the song, album, or playlist that you want to delete, then long press the item.

Depending on if you have the item downloaded to your device, you'll see one of these options:

  • If you haven’t downloaded the item to your device, tap "Delete from Library" to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.
  • If the item is downloaded to your device, tap Remove. Then tap Remove Download to remove the item only from your device, or tap Delete From Library to delete the item from iCloud Music Library.

If you want to see only content that you downloaded to your phone, follow these steps:

  • Tap  , then tap Library > Downloaded Music. A message that says "Showing only music on this device" appears at the top of the screen. Tap the arrow  in the upper-left corner to go back to your full library.

If you're not an Apple Music member or iTunes Match subscriber

If you're not a member of Apple Music or don't subscribe to iTunes Match, you don’t have access to iCloud Music Library, but you can delete content from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch or your Mac or PC

You can also hide content. Learn how to hide and unhide purchases in the iTunes Store.

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