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Windows Phone 8 Tip: Use the Music + Video app to delete music

wp ss 20121124 0002 - for some reason we don't have an alt tag hereOn Windows Phone 7, it was possible to delete music from your device by simply tapping and holding on the album or song and selecting delete. But in Windows Phone 8, this is no longer the case. In fact, you might be wondering just how to delete music off of your device without connecting it to a PC. Here’s how it works in Windows Phone 8’s new Music + Video Hub.

To delete music off of your device, select and album and look for the multi-select icon on the app bar. Select it, and a series of checkboxes will appear next to the songs. Then, you can simply choose which songs you want to remove one-by-one – or tap the ellipses and choose “select all” to speed up the process – and hit delete. This works for songs stored locally on your device, as well as content in the Xbox Music Cloud.

Additionally, you can use this technique to download streaming songs to your device or add tracks to now playing.

While this isn’t necessarily the most intuitive way to delete content, it certainly makes the process of doing so faster and more granular. Which method do you prefer?


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William Devereux

William Devereux is the former Microsoft editor at Pocketables, as well as a Microsoft MVP and SkyDrive/ Insider. As his title implies, he wrote about all things from Redmond, including Windows 8 and Windows Phone. He is currently carrying a Windows Phone 8X by HTC and a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT tablet.

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