Do you have a huge collection of music on Apple Music? If this is the case, we are aware that when you scroll endlessly from A to Z, it may give the impression that your library contains an infinite number of books. Put out of your mind the idea of counting each song that comes in between.
What steps can you take if you make the decision that you want to find out exactly how large your Apple Music library is, both in terms of the total number of songs that it contains and the amount of space that it takes up on the various Apple devices that we use? The answer to all of these questions and more can be found here!
Under the “About” folder of your “General Settings,” which can be accessed through the “Settings” app on any Apple phone or tablet, you can view the total number of songs in your Apple Music library as well as the amount of space it takes up on your device.
This information is also displayed in the “About” folder. It is also listed within iTunes on personal computers, either for the personal computer itself or for any other device with an Apple Music Library that you have plugged in.
In this article, we will walk you through the straightforward steps that are required to locate information about your Apple Music library. You will learn how to check the total number of songs as well as the overall size of the library in GPs on a variety of devices.
In addition, we provide answers to questions that are frequently asked, such as whether or not Apple Music libraries have storage limits and how large libraries can be managed to reduce the amount of space they take up on a device.
What Is the Total Number of Songs in My Apple Music Library?
When people first begin to wonder how much content they have stored in their Apple Music library, the first question that typically comes to their mind is, “how many songs do I have?”
On a smartphone or tablet, launching the “Settings” app (its icon resembles a set of black gears on a grey background) and selecting the “General” folder from within it is the quickest and easiest way to determine how many songs are stored in your personal Apple Music library. After that, you will click the “About” folder, which will bring up a total of your “Songs.”
That wraps it up! Simple and uncomplicated. There are, however, a few other options available to you, particularly if you have a PC with iTunes or Apple Music on which you maintain your collection and listen to music.
If you want to check how many songs are stored on a device by connecting it to a computer or viewing it directly on the computer, you can do either of those things using the iTunes application.
Open iTunes (if you haven’t already, you can download it from this page if you haven’t done so already), and then make sure you click the “Songs” tab at the top to open the folder that contains all of the songs that are stored on your personal computer.
Connect the other device to your personal computer, select the device when it appears in the left-hand menu column, and then open the “Songs” folder for that device. This will allow you to view the total number of songs stored on the other device.
Once you are inside, it is simple to determine how many songs you have by looking at the banner in the bottom-right corner of the screen. This banner is grey, and it will list the total number of songs you have as the number of items in that folder.
You will also be shown the total amount of time that would be required to play all of these songs as well as the amount of space that they take up in gigabytes.
How much storage does Apple Music require on your device?
Sometimes people want to know how many songs are in the Apple Music library because they’ve noticed that they’re running out of usable space on their device and are curious as to how much of that space is taken up by music alone. Other times, people want to know how many songs are in the Apple Music library because they’re curious as to how much of that space is
You can find out how much space your Apple Music library is taking up on your Apple phone or tablet by going to the “Settings” app on your device and opening the “General” folder, just as you did to find out how many songs are in the library. This is done in the same way as finding out how many songs are in the library.
Instead of clicking “About,” open the folder labeled “iPhone Storage” (depending on the device’s age, this may be labeled “Usage“). This file contains an exhaustive list of all of the applications currently installed on your device, the amount of storage space that each of them requires, as well as the total amount of storage space that is currently being used and available on your device.
When your Apple Music app has finished loading in the “iPhone Storage” folder, you will be able to see exactly how many gigabytes of storage space each song is consuming.
There is an additional method available for determining how much space is taken up by your music collection that you can use if you are a subscriber to Apple Music or if the only way you download music is through iTunes.
To locate this, launch the “Settings” app once more, and then scroll down until you reach the section where the Apple Music icon is displayed alongside the icons for your other applications.
After opening this folder, you will be able to view all of your Apple Music settings, in addition to the total number of gigabytes that your downloaded Apple Music songs use up. You can find this information in the “Downloads” section, right next to “Downloaded Music.”
Remember that if you have songs in your Apple Music library that were downloaded through other means, those songs will not be a part of the GP total listed here, as this is only for songs that were downloaded directly from iTunes. Only songs that were downloaded from iTunes will be counted toward this total.
Are There No Limits to the Apple Music Libraries?
If you have a device with 128 gigabytes of storage or more, you probably aren’t concerned about the amount of space that your Apple Music library is taking up.
However, for some people, having an extensive Apple Music library of more than 3,000 songs may feel like a significant accomplishment. However, is there ever going to be a point where you can’t add any more songs to the library that you have on Apple Music?
Apple Music libraries do have a capacity limit, despite the widespread belief to the contrary. Regardless of the amount of storage available on the user’s device, the Apple Music library cannot contain more than 100,000 songs at one time.
Because most of us are lucky to have 2,000 songs in our Apple Music libraries, this limit of 100,000 songs isn’t something that we need to be concerned about. We don’t even come close to reaching even half of that number.
However, you do not need to have 100,000 songs on your device to struggle with the significant amount of general-purpose storage that Apple Music libraries require. You are in luck because there are ways for you to handle this situation.
What Should You Do If You Already Have an Extensive Collection of Apple Music?
If you have a device with relatively low storage, to begin with (16G-32G), those songs can add up quickly. This is especially true when you consider the amount of storage that other applications on the device require. The consensus is that 100 songs in your Apple Music library will take up approximately 1GB of storage space.
It should not come as a surprise that deleting songs is the most effective way to free up space in your Apple Music library. Even if this isn’t the best strategy, you’d be surprised at how many songs you’ve downloaded but don’t find yourself listening to or enjoying at all.
If you are the type of person who typically downloads entire albums rather than individual songs, you should make an effort to listen to each song, choose the songs that you like, and then delete the songs that you do not like.
Delete songs from your library that you find yourself skipping over all the time as an additional strategy. These may be throwbacks from when you were in middle school or songs that you downloaded at the time because they were popular but that you’ve since realized you don’t like.
Removing these unnecessary songs one at a time will eventually free up storage space on your device or make room for additional music that you know for a fact you will listen to. This process may take some time.
A Few Parting Thoughts
You can quickly determine the amount of space an Apple Music track takes up on your device and how long it is by using either the “Settings” app or the “Songs” tab in iTunes. Either way, this process is fairly straightforward.
Although we don’t anticipate that you’ll reach the Apple Music library limit of 100,000 songs any time soon, it’s important to keep in mind that maintaining your library by deleting songs on occasion can work wonders for your device’s storage capacity and ensure that you can continue to enjoy the very best music that Apple has to offer.