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How to Delete iTunes Data: iTunes Library, Audio Files, App Backups etc.

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Tata Davis

February 14, 2017 (Updated: November 28, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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If you have been using an iDevice for quite a while now, then you must be familiar with iTunes and all the issues related to it. You may also remember the last time you deleted your iTunes library for any number of reasons.

Deleting iTunes data is quite a common thing. One may do so in order to create new libraries such as by deleting old music files and storing the latest tracks. Also, it may be because iTunes itself has stopped functioning properly.

iTunes may also experience some technical glitches and perhaps the only way to restore it, is to remove everything. Here you will find a few ways in which you can delete different file types from iTunes.

Part 1: How to Delete iTunes Library

Deleting iTunes library is quite an easy process and requires minimal effort. Below are the steps that you can follow to delete your iTunes library data on a MacBook.

Step 1: Close iTunes on you Mac and click the Finder icon - the one with a blue face on the Dock.
Step 2: Once you are in, select “Go” from the menu that appears.
Step 3: Click “Home”. A finder window will appear displaying your MacBook directory.
Step 4: Drag the file named “iTunes Library.itl” to the trash icon.
Step 5: Delete the library files by holding the “Ctrl” key and clicking the trashcan icon.
Step 6: Launch iTunes again so that it creates a new library.
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Part 2: How to Delete Audio Files from iTunes

Just like deleting iTunes library, deleting iTunes Audio files is a pretty straightforward task. Follow the steps outlined below in order to easily delete your audio files.

Step 1: Launch iTunes and select the file category (Music, Books) from the left pane in which you have your audio files stored.
Step 2: Click “Edit” and then “Select All”.
Step 3: Click “Edit” again and then select “Delete”. Confirm that you want to delete your audio files.
Step 4: Click “Remove”. Confirm that you want to move your audio files to trash.
Step 5: Select the “Move to trash” option.
Step 6: While holding the “Ctrl” key, click the trashcan icon so that it can be emptied.

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Part 3: How to Delete App Backups from iTunes

Deleting app backups is always a good idea as it allows you to save up a lot of space in your iTunes library. This becomes quite a problem when you update your device to the latest software version.

So here is how you can save a considerable amount of space by deleting app backups. Simply follow the steps outlined below to enjoy more storage space.

Step 1: Go to “Finder” and press the Option key on your keyboard.
Step 2: Click “Go” and select “Library”
Step 3: In your iTunes folder, look for folders like “iPad software updates”
Step 4: If there is a file within these folders with the name “Restore.ipsw”, press and drag it to Trash.

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Deleting app backups, audio files and library can be quite troublesome if done all at once. Deleting data from iTunes may be a good option when it comes to removing different files individually at a time.

However, if you want to mass delete various items, the process can take a considerable amount of time. Furthermore, it may be prone to errors and glitches that may harm your computer.

So is there any other alternative that is easier and faster? To your relief, there is indeed a software application that allows you to delete everything in no time. It is none other than iMyFone Umate Pro.

Part 4: A Complete Solution for Space Saving and Privacy Protection on iPhone

iMyFone Umate Pro or iMyFone Umate Pro for Mac comes with unique state-of-the-art features making it one of the most efficient data-erasing apps in the market. It has numerous features that allow you to erase different types of files depending upon your needs.

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It has a very intuitive easy-to-use interface with 5 different data erasing modes that you can use accordingly. Essentially, the 5 cleaning functions are; one-click cleanup, erase all data, erase private files, erase deleted files, erase private fragments.

  • You can selectively erase private files (messages, call history, contacts, notes, WhatsApp/WeChat messages & attachments, Safari history etc.) so as to protect your privacy. The software allows you to preview the files before deleting.
  • In addition, iMyFone lets you erase deleted files as well so that they become 100% unrecoverable, as files deleted in normal ways can be recovered easily by data recovery tool.
  • Moreover, you can compress large photos and export them to your PC. This is a good option if you want to keep your photos in your phone or only want to create a back-up.
  • As far as space saving is concerned, you can use the one-click cleanup option instead of using iTunes. The cleanup option can help you do a lot: remove junk & temporary files, export/compress/delete photos & videos, uninstall Apps etc.

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Below are the steps that you can follow in order to increase storage space on your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Step 1: Launch iMyFone Umate Pro and connect your device if it is your phone or iPad.

Step 2: Select the one-click cleanup option.

Step 3: Click “Quick Scan”. iMyFone will start scanning your computer.

Step 4: Once scan is complete, all the files that can be deleted to save up space will be displayed. Click “Clean” on the side of the file type in order to remove.

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