How to View the Number of Songs You Have on Your iPhone

What’s the deal with Apple and the number of songs on your iPhone? Why’s it so difficult to see how many you’ve got stored? Why do we have to cover the topic, why is there a Wiki on it, why has BusinessInsider written an article about it?

There are two schools of thought as to why it’s difficult to see how many songs are on your iPhone. Discover them both here, and find out how to see how many songs you’ve got stored.

Conspiracy Theory 1 – Apple Don’t Want to Be Called Liars

Back in the days of iPods and Zunes, device manufacturers would brag about how many songs and videos you could store on your device. Perhaps Apple didn’t want to be called a liar by dullards who can’t understand why they can only fit 1,250 songs on their device rather than the advertised 1,260 songs.

As you know, the number of songs your device can hold depends on your amount of memory. If you’ve downloaded dozens of NightWish songs, known for lasting over 10 minutes, then you’re going to fit fewer of their songs on your device than your Peppa Pig songs that only last two minutes.

Conspiracy Theory 2 – It Harms Sales of Songs

Over the years, many song deals have stung users. For instance, where you pay a cent per song for a short period, and then they jack up the price. If you were able to see how many songs were on your device, then you wouldn’t download as many so quickly.

Other than these two theories, there’s no real reason why Apple shouldn’t allow you to see how many songs you have. It’s easy enough on Android devices, and even easier on Microsoft and Apple laptops.

How to See How Many Songs You Have on Your iPhone

You start by taking out your iPhone and finding the Settings function on your home page. It looks like a box with two cogs inside.

Settings Button

Within the settings menu, you’ll see the “General” option. You may have to scroll down a little to find it. It sits beside a small cog set within a box. Tap on that icon to bring up the general settings.

With the “General” option setting, you’ll see an option that says “About”. You need to tap that option. When you do, it will bring up a series of statistical options, such as how many applications you have, how many videos, and so forth. In this menu, you’ll see a tab named “Songs”, where you can see how many songs are on your device.

Running Low on Space

If you’re running low on space on your iPhone, start by uninstalling some of the free apps you no longer use. Then try transferring your photos and movies onto hard drives for safe keeping. If you decide you have too many songs, then go into the Music app and long-press on a song. A menu will appear, allowing you to delete it.

You may also conserve a little space on your phone by disabling automatic downloads music for offline listening, especially if you’re only experimenting with a few songs that you’ll probably never use again. You can disable downloads by going back to your settings and tapping “Music”” and then sliding the “Automatic Downloads” function to the off position.

How Much Storage Do My Songs Take Up on My iPhone?

Return to your settings app, and go back into the “General” option by tapping it. Now, tap a function called “iPhone Storage.” On the subsequent page, you’ll find a graph illustrating how much space each type of file is taking up. This will give you a good idea of how much space each type of file is using. You’re then able to scroll down and see how much space your music is taking up as a whole.

Music taking up space

If you’re looking to clear some space, then maybe save your songs on another device or hard drive before you delete them. That said, there is an argument that you may always re-download the songs, but why take the risk that you may lose your account? In fact, there’s no downside to storing your music on different devices rather than outright deleting it from your iPhone.

Viewing Your Downloads

If you’ve downloaded music and you’re wondering where it is, you need to start by opening your iPhone Music app. It’s usually a box with a musical note inside. Once it opens up, you’ll see a series of menu options. One of which is called “Downloaded Music”.

Tap on the “Downloaded Music” function to generate a list. The list features things like playlists, artists, albums, songs, etc. To see the songs you’ve downloaded, you need to tap on one of these functions. Once the app page loads, you may scroll down and see any music that has been downloaded onto your phone.

Also, if you’re having trouble with your phone, a message saying that you have very limited memory or storage, and yet you’ve deleted lots of apps and media, then there may be another reason. For example, when you take a photo and it says “Limited storage,” it may be because your photos are being saved to your memory card rather than your phone memory. Or, they may be being saved to your Cloud storage rather than your phone. Therefore, your phone isn’t to blame for having low storage.

Final Thoughts

If you’re running out of space on your iPhone, then try deleting unwanted apps first, or maybe transferring some of your personal files over to safer hard drives and computers. Music files don’t take up a lot of space unless you have literally thousands of them on your phone. Even if you do, it’s often easier, better, and more convenient to delete other types of media. This is especially true if you have set your music up into groups and playlists.

Have you ever experienced problems finding out how many songs you have on your iPhone? Let us know in the comments section below.

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