How to Fix: iTunes Duplicate Playlists

Summary

Find iTunes duplicates playlist when syncing? Read this guide to learn why iTunes creates duplicate playlists and the solutions to fix this issue.

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Nov. 28, 2017

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iTunes is a good way to help us sync songs to our iPhone. However, you just meet an annoying issue: iTunes creates duplicate playlists after you sync your iPhone with iTunes. You find 1 “new” playlist called Name 1 while the original playlist is just Name. What’s more, they Name 1 playlist keeps coming back after you have deleted it in iTunes. How to stop iPhone from duplicating playlists? How to delete the duplicate playlists completely? Keep reading to get some basic tips to fix the iTunes duplicate playlists issue.

How to Fix iTunes Duplicates Playlist When Syncing

Tip 1. Just modify your playlist in iTunes. If you edit the playlist on device, then iTunes will create a duplicate containing iTunes version when syncing. You can go to iTunes to edit the playlist, delete the old one and sync, and then the duplicate should go away.

Tip 2. Choose Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres option under Sync Music > Uncheck the particular playlist and Apply > Unplug your iPhone and check the playlist on your iPhone > Plug in your iPhone again and set that playlist to sync.

Tip 3. Turn off automatic syncing for Music and then sync again.

1 > Uncheck Sync Music > Apply and all the songs will be removed from your device.

2 > Then go to your iPhone to make sure there is no song synced from computer. Go to Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Music to have a check. If you find any song files, just remove them.

3 > Plug in your iPhone > Choose Sync Music like before > There should be no duplicate playlist.

Tip 4. Turn off iCloud sharing. It may get confused as to whether to sync from cord attached to computer or iCloud. Then comes the duplicate playlists.

Tip 5. Use iTunes alternative – AnyTrans.

If you feel tired of iTunes sync or always want an easier way to sync music between iPhone/iPad/iPod and computer, then you cannot miss AnyTrans.

  • Sync songs from iTunes to iDevice.
  • Create new playlist and add songs to it, and then sync the playlist to iDevice.
  • Copy iPhone songs to computer/iTunes, including the purchased and non-purchased ones.
  • No data erasing during or after the transfer.

Here are the steps to sync playlists to iPhone:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans, install and launch it > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Go to category management window > Click Audio > Choose Playlists.

Fix iTunes Duplicate Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Fix iTunes Duplicate Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Step 2. Click Add Playlist > Name the playlist > Click OK to confirm.

Fix iTunes Creates Duplicate Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Fix iTunes Creates Duplicate Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Step 3. Click the new playlist > Click “+” button > Select the songs you want to add to the playlist > Click Open to start transferring.

Fix iTunes Keeps Duplicating Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Fix iTunes Keeps Duplicating Playlists – Sync Data via AnyTrans

Step 4. When transfer completed, you can check the playlist on your iPhone.

Fix iTunes Duplicate Playlists When Syncing – Use AnyTrans

Fix iTunes Duplicate Playlists When Syncing – Use AnyTrans

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to fix iTunes duplicates playlist when syncing. If you still have any question, please leave a comment and we will help you out soon.

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