iCloud Music Library, the aspect of Apple’s new streaming service that allows users to access their own library of cloud-based music and playlists across all their connected iCloud devices. You can stream and download the songs listed in the music library — DRM-free — to up to ten other registered devices in your possession. But, like all cloud services, there’s a small chance something might get borked or messed up along the way. If you’re having problems syncing with iCloud Music Library, here’s how to reset it so you can enjoy your tracks again.
How to set up iCloud Music Library Syncing
Before you can set up an iTunes playlist that syncs automatically, you need to be sure your iCloud Music library is set up on your various devices. It is critical that on your computers and also on your iOS devices that you are using the same iCloud account! Otherwise, you won’t be able to sync iTunes playlists across devices.
- On your iPhone or iPad, go to: Settings > Music and then turn on “iCloud Music Library”.
- On your Mac, within iTunes, go to “Preferences” under the iTunes menu and check the “iCloud Music Library” setting under the General tab.
- Windows: From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, choose “Edit” > “Preferences”.
- Select iCloud Music Library to turn it on, and then click “OK”.
Tips: If you don’t see your content on all of your devices, then do the followings:
On the computer that contains your original music library, make sure that you’re signed in to iTunes with the Apple ID that you use for your Apple Music membership and have iCloud Music Library turned on. Then, from the menu bar at the top of your computer screen or the top of the iTunes window, choose File > Library > Update iCloud Music Library.
How to Reset Your iCloud Music Library
1. Open iTunes.
2. Select Music from the drop-down menu on the left side of the iTunes window, then select the Library tab and Songs under the left column.
3. Select all your music in Songs view (use Command-A on the keyboard).
4. Press the Delete key on your keyboard.
5. Click on the Delete Items option to remove these tracks from iCloud Music Library. (Do not, under any circumstances, click Remove Downloads — this will move all your local music to the trash, rather than delete songs from iCloud.)
Your iCloud Music Library is now empty, waiting for you to fill it. If you’re interested in just resyncing your Mac’s library, all you have to do is go to File > Library > Update iCloud Music Library and wait for the process to finish. If you get a dialog box querying what you’d like to do with songs already on your other devices, choose Replace.
If you have any questions or comments about this process, please feel to leave a comment. I’m sure that I missed something or there might be some little thing that may be different in your setup. Regardless, as I have always said, there is a solution to just about everything. You just need to be patient and look for resources to help you.