Apple Music Users Experiencing Bug With 'Add Playlist Songs' Setting

In recent weeks, many Apple Music subscribers have reported that the "Add Playlist Songs" setting is broken on the iPhone, iPad, and sometimes the Mac. After a user toggles off the setting, the bug can cause it to turn back on, resulting in any songs that a user adds to a playlist being added to their music library in an unwanted manner.

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Users have complained about this issue on the Apple Support Community, Reddit, MacRumors Forums, and X. While the complaints have increased since iOS 17.1.2 was released last week, the bug appears to affect many other software versions, leading some users to speculate that there might be a server-side problem for Apple to fix.

The issue has frustrated users, as removing an unwanted song from the library also removes the song from all playlists, and there is no way to change this behavior. The bug can repeat itself over and over again, and there is no lasting solution right now.

The underlying cause of the issue is unclear. We've reached out to Apple for comment, and we will update this article if we receive a response.

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Top Rated Comments

ct2k7 Avatar
8 months ago
The Music app on iOS and Mac is just buggy: this is yet another feature which doesn't properly work.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
missingar Avatar
8 months ago

Use Spotify. The don’t have to release a new OS version to patch. They had this feature many years ago. Really, I don’t see the value of Apple Music vs Spotify.
As a musician myself, the value is lossless audio, cloud library (so I can have songs that aren't available to stream in my library) and the fact that Apple pays artists 3x what Spotify does. If Spotify offered the ability to upload, say, my own recordings, to the cloud, and started paying artists, I would be willing to pay them my money.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
brijazz Avatar
8 months ago
An Apple Music bug?? Why, I've never heard of such a thing!

*hammers 'play' button repeatedly when music refuses to start playing*
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Fuzzball84 Avatar
8 months ago
iOS is becoming so buggy, they should name releases after insects. After all, there would be plentiful number of names for the millions and millions of updates required.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jim Lahey Avatar
8 months ago
Similar stuff has been going on all across iOS and iPad OS for years. Try toggling off iCloud storage for an app and then check again in a few hours, days, weeks or months. 50/50 it’s magically enabled itself again without any user input. Or disabling private IP on an older Apple Watch. Worse, try letting your Apple Music subscription lapse…and pray that your purchased iTunes music doesn’t get nuked.

This is just new Apple. It’s entirely normal now. There’s so many bugs and bad design choices that never get fixed, they may as well just be chalked up as features.

EDIT: Just checked, and yes, this bug is also present on both my iPhone and iPad running 16.7.2. No surprise.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
eicca Avatar
8 months ago
But It Just Works…
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)