How to Clean up iTunes Media Folder Easily

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So, your music collection is a mess. It’s grown from a toddling collection of your best songs to a mammoth network of playlists filled with songs that you don’t even remember. If this is you, I feel your pain. I really do.

Organizing your iTunes media folder can be quite a hassle. It takes a lot of time and is especially vexing if you have to deal with deleting duplicates and songs that you don’t really like. And we’ve not even got into dealing with your installer cache, cookies, logs, junk files, old backups and other useless files.

Knowing what you’re going through, in this article, we show you how to quickly clean up your iTunes media folder with the least amount of stress.

Locate Your iTunes Media Folder on PC/Mac

Your iTunes library is organized into two library files and a media folder. Here’s how you can locate the media folder.

Ordinarily, your iTunes media folder is in your iTunes folder. This is the default location. The folder will be titled as follows:

  • Mac: Finder > username > music
  • Windows 7 or later: \Users\username\music\
  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My music\

If the folder is not in the default location, you can find it by using the following steps:

Step 1: Open iTunes.

Step 2: On Mac: From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, click on iTunes > Preferences.
On Windows: From the menu bar at the top of your iTunes window, click on Edit > Preferences.

Step 3: Click the Advanced tab.

Step 4: There will be a box under “iTunes Media folder location”. That’s where your iTunes media folder is.

iTunes Media folder location

Now that you’ve found your iTunes media folder, here’s how you can clean it quickly and easily.

How to Clean up iTunes Media Folder - 3 Ways

You don’t have to use any application or internet tool to clean up your iTunes media folder. If you want to, you can do this clean up manually.

1 One-Stop Solution to Clean iTunes Media Folder Automatically new

Instead of looking for media folder on your computer manually and making decisions about which files to delete, you can take advantage of iMyFone TunesFix, an advanced iTunes cleaner. It is the one-stop shop for cleaning iTunes media, used software updates, old backups and other useless files to keep iTunes clean and run at optimum.

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Key Features:

  • Automatically remove media files from iTunes library and iTunes media folder with ease.
  • Release huge iTunes storage space by simply deleting used iTunes/iOS software updates and old backups (including backups made by 3rd-party programs).
  • Tune up iTunes performance by 1 click to clear all useless files, like cache, cookies, logs, and junk files.
  • Let you handle every issue you have with iTunes with minimal stress.

You can quickly and easily clean up your iTunes media folder with iMyFone TunesFix through the following easy steps:

Step 1: Open iMyFone TunesFix. It will automatically detect your iTunes when it starts up. If your iTunes is damaged, it will help you fix the issue. After this, the home interface will appear.

Step 2: On the home interface, click on “Quick Clean” and let it scan your iTunes.
Note: If you want to clean backups created by 3rd-party software, click on “Deep Clean”.

TunesUp Screenshot

Step 3: When it is done scanning, it will show you all your iTunes media files, iOS backups, software update files and other data. Check the files you don’t want and click “Clean” to start getting rid of them.

TunesUp Screenshot

TunesFix will clean the selected files from your iTunes. When it is done, it will show you how much space has been freed.

2 How to Manually Clean iTunes Media Folder

Since you can locate your iTunes media folder, you can manually delete some unwanted files from the folder. However, to clean all your iTunes data at one place, you need to consolidate files first:

  • On iTunes, go to “File > Library > Organize Library” and check “Consolidate files” and hit “OK” to save the settings.
Organize Library

After that, get into the iTunes media folder and you may see different folders there, such as Books, Music, Movies, Podcasts, Homw Videos, Audiobooks, Tones, Podcasts, Downloads, etc. For example, the Books folder stores everything in your iTunes Books library. So do other folders.

iTunes media folder

Get into the specific iTunes media folder and delete the unwanted or duplicate files.

3 Manually Clean iTunes Media Folder from iTunes

Or you can directly clean up iTunes media folder by deleting unwanted files from iTunes library.

Step 1: Open iTunes.

Step 2: Go to the specific library where stores the unwanted files, like music library.

Step 3: Select the unwanted songs there and right click on it. Choose “Delete from library”.

Delete from library

Step 4: Click on “Delete Song” and tap on “Move to Recycle Bin”. It will delete the song from iTunes library and iTunes media folder.
Note: If you choose “Keep File”, it will delete the music from library and keep it in iTunes media folder.

Move to Recycle Bin

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