Mysterious Glitch Affecting Apple Music Users: Unwanted Playlists and Songs Appearing in Libraries

Russell Kidson
Mar 23, 2023
Updated • Mar 23, 2023

Numerous reports have surfaced regarding a peculiar glitch within Apple Music, whereby users have reported seeing other individuals' playlists and songs appear in their libraries. Sources such as MacRumors and 9to5Mac have confirmed the existence of this issue, which has been flagged by users on Reddit over the course of several weeks. 

The unintended appearance of these extraneous playlists and songs has led to considerable confusion among some users, and in some cases, loss of their own music or playlists. This glitch represents a serious concern for Apple Music users, who rely on the service to store and organize their music collections. It remains unclear what is causing the issue or how widespread it is, but Apple is likely to investigate the problem and work on a solution to prevent further inconvenience and data loss for its users.

Unwanted Playlists and Songs Replacing Original Content

There have been instances where the unexpected appearance of these playlists and songs has resulted in the replacement of existing content in users' libraries. This has left many users unable to access their original music, causing significant frustration and inconvenience. However, some users have reported that the unfamiliar music has been added to their libraries without erasing any pre-existing content. While this may offer some relief to affected users, it remains a cause for concern, as it indicates a significant problem within the service that requires prompt attention and resolution. As Apple continues to investigate this issue, users are advised to monitor their libraries closely and report any discrepancies to the company's customer support team.

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Issue Limited to Apple Music App on iOS

According to a report by 9to5Mac, the issue appears to be confined to the Apple Music app on iOS devices. While the root cause of the problem remains unknown, there are speculations that it could be related to an iCloud syncing issue resulting in data mix-ups between users. However, this theory has not been confirmed by Apple. In the meantime, some users have discovered a temporary solution by toggling off iCloud syncing and then turning it back on. To attempt this fix, users can access the Settings app, tap on their Apple ID, select iCloud, and enable the "Show All" option. It's worth noting that this is only a temporary fix and may not resolve the issue permanently.

Apple's Response and Similar Incidents

Apple has yet to issue a public statement on the matter, and it did not respond to other publications’ requests for comment on the issue. Interestingly, this latest problem bears a strong resemblance to a bug that impacted iCloud for Windows users in 2021, where photos and videos from unrelated users appeared in other people's libraries. It is unclear at this time if the two incidents are related or if they stem from different causes. However, it is clear that this issue has caused significant inconvenience to users, and Apple will need to act swiftly to resolve the problem and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

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User Reactions and Concerns

The issue has understandably caused concern and frustration among Apple Music users, with many worried about the possible privacy implications of having their personal playlists and music selections accidentally shared with others. In addition, the loss of songs and playlists has left many users disappointed, particularly those who have spent considerable time and effort curating their music libraries. Given the sensitive nature of the data involved, it is essential that Apple moves swiftly to address the issue and provide users with a permanent solution. In the meantime, users are encouraged to follow any recommended steps or workarounds to minimize the risk of losing their personal music selections.


The issue is being monitored

As the glitch affecting Apple Music users persists, it is crucial for Apple to address the issue promptly and offer a viable solution. Affected users are seeking an official statement and explanation from the company, as well as reassurance that their personal content and privacy are being safeguarded. Until a permanent fix is implemented, users can attempt the recommended workaround of toggling iCloud syncing on and off. Nonetheless, given the potential risks and inconvenience associated with the issue, it is imperative that Apple acts swiftly and transparently to restore normal service and regain users' trust.


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