deleting songs from library

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deleting songs from library

MaryAlex
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There are all these RANDOM songs in my library that I can't get rid of!

Help.

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jvanderb
Roadie

Items should only show up in your library if they are on your computer, or in a playlist.  Chances are they are songs located in your downloads, music folder, or in iTunes.  Try this: Open Spotify, click the Spotify menu at the top of the screen, then select Preferences.  In the preferences screen, look in the section labeled 'Local Files.'  Uncheck one item at a time, then recheck your library for the random songs you are referring to.  If they go away, you will have found the source of the songs in your library that you don't want.

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Peter__
Community Legend

@tomwaitsfan1 wrote:

Somehow I've managed to Sync my iTunes library into my Spotty Library and Local Files. I don't want them there. Anyone know how to remove them/un-sync?

Cheers.


Hey! Welcome to the community 🙂 

 

Head to Edit/Spotify > Preferences and untick all of the Local File source boxes. 

Then go to the "Local Files" tab on the left, select a track, then highlight all (via Ctrl/Cmd+a or Edit > Select All), right click and select "Unlink Track". 

 

No more local files 😉 

 

Peter

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dashp
Casual Listener

Just in case anyone was trying to remove songs they had added to My Library that are not local files, simply (in the Windows app) hold left shift while clicking the first and last entry you want removed.

This will select those two and all between, then you can right click one of the highlighted entries and choose remove from library.

Mundane_92
Newbie

Hey, I have been through this a few times, but I can't seem to get it to work.

 

I added the track from my "local files" to my "library" then I lost all the data on that computer, But now I have 3 songs that I just can not get rid of in my library, I've tried adding the same songs to my library again, but then i just end up with duplicates.

 

Is there something I missed in the explenation of how to fix this?

 

Please help. 🙂

tomwaitsfan1
Casual Listener

Somehow I've managed to Sync my iTunes library into my Spotty Library and Local Files. I don't want them there. Anyone know how to remove them/un-sync?

Cheers.

Solution!

Peter__
Community Legend

@tomwaitsfan1 wrote:

Somehow I've managed to Sync my iTunes library into my Spotty Library and Local Files. I don't want them there. Anyone know how to remove them/un-sync?

Cheers.


Hey! Welcome to the community 🙂 

 

Head to Edit/Spotify > Preferences and untick all of the Local File source boxes. 

Then go to the "Local Files" tab on the left, select a track, then highlight all (via Ctrl/Cmd+a or Edit > Select All), right click and select "Unlink Track". 

 

No more local files 😉 

 

Peter

Peter
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Spotify Last.FM Twitter LinkedIn Meet Peter Rock Star Jam 2014


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Wanderingstar71
Newbie

I can't find preferences?

 

lauraallen_92
Casual Listener

Somehow I've managed to Sync my iTunes library into my Spotty Library and Local Files. I don't want them there. Anyone know how to remove them/un-sync?

Cheers.

 

This also happened to me. I tried following your instructions below but after unticking the Local File source boxes and returning to to the 'Local Files' tab there was nothing in there. However, if I go into my songs all the songs from my itunes library are still there. Please help!

tomwaitsfan1
Casual Listener

Hey Peter,    DUDE!!!!   Fixed in a trice. Many thanks both for your fast response and for your clear concise remedial instruction.  Worked a treat.   Ha! They're messin' with the wrong guy here!!

FYI: I think I now know how this suddenly happened. I had a Spotty problem a couple of weeks back, had to de/re-install. Spotty must tick those library folders as default. Also, the prog was taking an age to open, not surprising when I tell you in excess of 24,000 music files were sucked in from my iTunes library.

Anyway, all's well now. Thank you again

Cheers

den.

jjcalefan
Casual Listener

Hi Peter,

A similar problem occurs on my Windows desktop Spotify (9.9.1.57): can't remove Library items; these items are neither flagged, part of a playlist or existing locally (as I understand that these properties affect 'deletability'). The context menu keeps showing me a greyed out delete option.

Have any solution?

Thanks in advance!

Joe
Community Legend

Hi. Files shown in the library must be either local files or included in a playlist. If the have a note symbol in a rectangle showing, they are local files and you should be able to delete them from the local files view. However, this will only delete them from your library, not physically from your desktop and will be reimported the next time you restart spotify unless you uncheck the imprt options in settings.

 

Another way to identify local files is if right-clicking shows the option to open the containing folder.

jjcalefan
Casual Listener

Thanks Joe,

I did some experiments, and things became clear to me:

A 'title' (record, item) in the library is either a favorite, a local file or part of a playlist (created by yourself); deleting is not possible explicitly, but can be done by deleting a file on the other lists, or if the item is marked as favorite, it can be deleted from the library by 'unstaring' the item. Not directly intuitive, but workable..

cheers,

Igor

Joe
Community Legend

Glad you sorted it out 🙂

Peter__
Community Legend

No worries den, enjoy your music! 🙂 

 

Peter

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TT0431
Newbie

Well If you want to delete some songs you first go to Local Files You click on the one you don't want if it's more than 1 Press command before clicking the other one and when your done clicking all of them press the delete button and when your done you look in your library your song(s) are gone!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

TT0431

Sylaous
Casual Listener

I am trying to remove songs from my library that are NOT on my computer, they came from spotify's database. This is problematic as I now have the songs to transfer to my computer and do not want duplicate track listings. Please help.

davidjmeister
Casual Listener

I have this problem too. These are not local files. They are from Spotify and even though I click remove they never leave. As you will see from the attached photo, these are listed under Songs... not LOCAL files.

 

Anyone know how to get rid of these?

 

 

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SteelShark
Newbie

"I have this problem too. These are not local files. They are from Spotify and even though I click remove they never leave. As you will see from the attached photo, these are listed under Songs... not LOCAL files.

 

Anyone know how to get rid of these?"

 

I have the exact same problem!

 

Did you ever figure it out?

Peter__
Community Legend

@Sylaous wrote:

I am trying to remove songs from my library that are NOT on my computer, they came from spotify's database. This is problematic as I now have the songs to transfer to my computer and do not want duplicate track listings. Please help.


Hey 🙂 

 

Your library will collect all of your local files as well as any tracks you have in any of your playlists. So removing the corresponding tracks from your playlists will remove them from the library.

 

In regards to adding local files, as long as the Spotify client can link those tracks to the tracks in its catalogue (which happens automatically when you import) then it shouldn't show the duplicates in your library since it knows you own the track. 

 

Peter

Peter
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Solution!

jvanderb
Roadie

Items should only show up in your library if they are on your computer, or in a playlist.  Chances are they are songs located in your downloads, music folder, or in iTunes.  Try this: Open Spotify, click the Spotify menu at the top of the screen, then select Preferences.  In the preferences screen, look in the section labeled 'Local Files.'  Uncheck one item at a time, then recheck your library for the random songs you are referring to.  If they go away, you will have found the source of the songs in your library that you don't want.

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user-removed
Not applicable

 A whole bunch of songs that I deleted from a playlist went to "Hidden." How do I delete them completely?

palmercat33
Newbie

I see the local files section, but there is no list of music and nothing to select!?   Using a MacBook.  

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