How to Stop Apple Music from Deleting Songs

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov 8, 2022 5:00 PM
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how to stop Apple Music from deleting songs

However, strange thing is that sometimes Apple Music deleting songs without users' explicit permissions. Or at most time, the deleted songs almost never to be found for no reasons. While the Apple Music app still works fine, this issue is frustarting.

Don't despair. We'll tell how to stop Apple Music from deleting songs. You should start to follow the checklist to fix this problem.

Part 1. Checklist: How to Stop Apple Music from Deleting Songs
    1.1 Check Apple Music Subscription
    1.2 Check Device Storage
    1.3 Check "Optimize Storage"
    1.4 Check "iCloud Music Library"
    1.5 Check "Show Apple Music"
Part 2. Exclusives: How to Keep All Your Apple Music Songs

Part 1. Checklist: How to Stop Apple Music from Deleting Songs

Here's the checklist to stop Apple Music from deleting songs. Please check these things to fix the issue.

1.1 Check Apple Music Subscription

On iOS:

Use the Settings app > [Your username] > Subscriptions > Apple Music subscription. Scroll down to check whether there's the "Cancel" or "Cancel Subscriptions button". If there're no such buttons, the Apple Music subscription is invalid.

settings cancel Apple Music subscriptions

On Android:

Open the Apple Music app > More (three dots icon) > Account Settings > Manage Membership. Check if the Apple Music subscription is invalid.

On Mac with macOS Catalina 10.15 or later:

On desktop, open the App Store app > sign-in button or [Your username] > Account Setting, and sign in if required. On the new page, scroll to Manage the Subscriptions tab > Manage. Check if the Apple Music subscription is invalid.

manage subscription in iTunes

On Windows or Mac with macOS Majave 10.14 or earlier:

On desktop, use iTunes > Account > View My Account > Settings. Check the Subscriptions tab. If it shows "0", the Apple Music subscription is ended.

1.2 Check Device Storage

"If the device is low on storage, it'll frees up space while installing an app, updating iOS or iPadOS, downloading music, recording videos, and more." - Apple Support

When more storage is needed, the device can remove some of the items, like streamed music and files in iCloud Drive. When it comes to Apple Music, songs can be deleted from Apple Music and require a redownload of them. To stop the device from deleting Apple Music settings, please check the device storage and turn off "Optimize Storage" on the device.

On iOS:

Go to Settings > General > [Device] Storage. Scroll down to the Music app to check it for how much space it uses.

On Android:

Connect the phone device to the computer, then select the device in Finder to check Music for how much storage the contents use.

On Windows or Mac with macOS Majave 10.14 or earlier:

Connect the phone device to the computer, then select the device in iTunes (next to the Apple Music contents menu) to check for the device storage.

1.3 Check "Optimize Storage"

Optimize Storage is the iOS feature to allow Apple to manage the music files store on the device based on the minimum storage chosen between 15GB, 32GB, 64GB, 128GB and None.

On iOS:

Open the Settings app > Music > Optimize Storage > Optimize Storage, then turn it off.

1.4 Check "iCloud Music Library"

Once "iCloud Music Library" is disabled on the iOS device, all Apple Music downloads before will be removed. This setting will be set on after an iOS update, but for those who turn off this setting to fix most Apple Music errors, please check whether it is enabled to avoid a loss.

On iOS:

Use the Apple ID with Apple Music to sign into the iPhone or iPad. After that, open the Settings app > iCloud Music Library, then turn it on.

1.5 Check "Show Apple Music"

Apple Music features the "For You" tab for music recommendations. Once the "Show Apple Music" is disabled, the "For You" tab with the tracks on it won't show. If the "For You" tab disappeared, please enable "Show Apple Music" in Settings.

On iOS:

Go to Settings > Music > Show Apple Music, then turn it on. After that, restart the Music app and the device, then restart the device and Music app to see whether the "For You" tab is back.

So when the shuffle mode is enabled, chance is that the song on select will not be streamed or streamed in a pseudo-random manner for Apple Music subscribers.

Part 2. Exclusives: How to Keep All Your Apple Music Songs

1. Love Songs on Apple Music

For Apple Music users, the "Love" button is used a lot to mark a favorite song on Apple Music. If Apple Music delete it, it's simple to find it is safe will all the loved song.

You can use this method to find loved song:

On Windows or Mac with macOS Majave 10.14 or earlier:

On desktop, open iTunes > File > New > Smart Playlist. Set the first rule to click the first pop-up menu, then change the option to "Love".

how to create Smart Playlist in iTunes

Note: To find and keep the specific missing songs on Apple Music, use the other available menus or fields to complete the rule.

create least recently played smart playlist in iTunes

  • For example: To include some songs of the rules of "Year: Year is 2022, Year is greater than 2022, Year is less than 2022 or Year is in the range from 2000 to 2022".

  • If the deleted songs are loved before, it's simple to find it's included in the created Love list.

    2. Transfer Songs from Apple Music

    While the Apple Music downloads can be removed with some device settings or in the process of an error fix, it's not safe for users to use the Download button to have their Apple Music songs on the device. Therefore, more users tend to transfer and back up their songs from Apple Music to a safer place like Google Drive, One Drive and the most-common USB drive.

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