Music count vs Playlist count


Q: The Music menu on my iPod nano says I have 638 songs, but when I go under ‘playlists’, it says I have around one thousand songs. Why is that?

– Hannah

A: The song count shown at the bottom of the iPod nano when highlighting the “Music” menu is the total number of actual tracks stored on your device. This should match the count shown under the Settings, About menu on your iPod.

On the other hand, the count shown for your playlists represents the total number of entries in your playlists, so tracks that are listed in more than one playlist are counted once for each playlist they’re listed in. As a result, your playlist counts will always differ from the total number of tracks that are actually stored on your iPod.


Jesse Hollington

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