Sometimes when you play your favorite album or artist on the iTunes, it gets grayed out and you are not able to play them. iTunes songs get grayed out due to the sync issue. The other reasons could be:
- The specific file missing on your computer.
- The song file not sync in iTunes.
- The song file or folder corrupt or unreadable.
- Some of your songs are in unsupported format or DRM protected.
Fix Grayed Out Songs in the iPhone
Sometimes, you may delete songs on your computer and not update on iTunes.But that deleted songs still lists on your iTunes. When the deleted songs sync with your iPhone, it displays as grayed out songs. If you play that song, it cannot play because it may be corrupt or deleted or modified. Here are the methods to fix grayed out songs on the iPhone:
Re-sync your music
The songs grayed out occur due to syncing issues. If you remove some songs from your computer other than iTunes and when you sync iTunes music with your iPhone, these removed songs display as missing. These songs are grayed out. Follow the given below steps to re-sync your music:
- Firstly you need to delete the grayed out songs from iTunes before connecting your iPhone.
- Then refresh your iTunes library and playlists.
- You also make sure that all the songs are available.
- Then re-sync again with your lightning cable. You ensure that not to re-sync with WiFi.
Re-Download the songs
If you purchase the songs that grayed out in iTunes, you can delete all these grayed out songs. Then, you can download them again from the purchased section. Follow the given below steps to re-download the songs:
- Firstly you need to delete all the songs that grayed out.
- Then click on Account on the top right and click on Purchased from the panel.
- Then you can re-download the songs again.
Check your iTunes Settings
iTunes redirect the setting Check Selection On that causes your songs grayed out. Follow the given below steps to check your iTunes Settings:
- You need to right-click on the particular songs that you have a problem with iTunes.
- Then find a setting that says Check Selection or uncheck selection at the bottom of the menu.
- Then there are options as Tick or Untick Selection or either both tick and check function the same way.
- You need to click on this Check Selection or Tick Selection option.
- Then you can play the song and add it to your playlists.
Check out the Audio Format:
You ensure that the songs are not in unsupported formats or DRM protected. Follow the given below steps to check out the audio format:
- You need to go to iTunes and choose the track which is grayed out.
- Then, you need to right-click and select Get Info.
- Then check out Kind under the File tab.
- If you see Protected next to Kind then the song is DRM protected or unsupported.
To remove this problem, there are a couple of solutions as follows:
- You can upgrade to iTunes Match: The upgrade to iTunes Match enables you to store DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected music in iCloud including the songs you purchase from iTunes or imported from CDs.
- You can subscribe to Apple Music: With subscribe to Apple Music, you can access to the massive catalog of music. You can enjoy playing your songs or artists without any restriction as all the music of Apple Music is DRM protected.
Both the services use the iCloud music library but there is one main distinction. The iTunes is DRM-free and you can play all of your downloaded music even after your subscription ends. But you can play your DRM protected songs only as you subscribe to Apple Music.
Re-authorize Your Computer
You can re-authorize your computer to see if it works to solve the problem. Sometimes, iTunes forget that your music is authorized. So you need to follow the given below steps to re-authorize your computer:
- You need to go to iTunes and then click on Store.
- Then click on De-authorize this Computer and sign out of iTunes.
- You need to restart your computer or Mac.
- Then sign in to your iTunes account and re-authorize this computer.
Update iTunes to the Latest Version
The old version of iTunes may cause the problem of grayed out songs on the iPhone. You need to update it to the latest version. Follow the given below steps to update iTunes to the latest version:
- You need to go to iTunes on your Mac.
- Then click on the iTunes menu and check for the updates
- Then you need to follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version of iTunes on your device.
For Windows PC:
- You need to open iTunes on your Windows PC.
- Then click on the Help menu and Check for Updates
- Then follow the on-screen instructions to install the latest version.
Update Your iOS Device
Follow the given below steps:
- You need to go to the Settings app then General and then Software Update to see if there is any update available.
- If there is any update available then download and install the latest version of iOS on your device.
Re-add iTunes Library
The songs get grayed out because of the issues with the song files on your computer. If you delete or move a song file or folder before sync, that effect in iTunes and it causes grayed out songs. Follow the given below steps to re-add iTunes library:
- You need to recheck your iTunes library.
- Then refresh your iTunes libraries and playlists.
- You ensure that all songs are available especially the songs that grayed out on your iPhone.
- When you rechecked your iTunes library, re-sync it again.
You can easily fix grayed out songs on the iPhone issue from the above-mentioned methods. You need to follow each step carefully.