“What? No way, that’s not my Enrique Iglesias track. How’d that get on my iPhone?” Have you ever had your musical tastes harshly criticized by a friend who’s browsing through the music library on your iPhone? Apple’s now enabled users to avoid those awkward moments of friends discovering your guilty pleasures by allowing you to delete songs from your iPhone or iPad.
The process is just like deleting an unwanted email in your inbox. Simply find the track(s) you don’t want on your iOS 5 device anymore, slide your finger over the track listing to the left or the right to reveal a hidden “delete” button, and then select “delete” and the track is gone. Unfortunately there’s no mass delete option, so those Backstreet Boys songs are gonna have to be deleted one at a time.
With iTunes Match coming down the pipeline, the ability to delete unwanted tracks will be a much needed feature for those with large music libraries who need to free up disk space to download new music from iCloud. One of the nice things about the feature is that it treats all tracks equally, whether they were downloaded to your device directly from the iTunes app, or sync’d to your iOS 5 device previous. You can even delete the track that is currently playing.