Skip navigation
This discussion is archived

Deleting ALL but Playlist files....

1932 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Oct 29, 2007 2:01 PM by rockmyplimsoul RSS
ATH Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Oct 29, 2007 10:59 AM
Does anybody know how to (easily) delete songs that are not in one's Playlists? I regularly listen to my Playlist music, but not to the other 70% that eats up my hard disk space. So I have successfully duplicated my iTunes folder on an external HD, but can't quite figure out how to keep only the songs I listen to most. (As we are talking 11 GB of music, manually going through and weeding them out would be the least preferable option).

12" PB G4 (Dec.05), Mac OS X (10.5)
  • macmenno Level 6 Level 6 (10,075 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 29, 2007 11:42 AM (in response to ATH)
    One possible method you could use is this one:

    First, download the script "Not In Any Playlist To Playlist":

    Install and run this script (could take a while).
    All tracks which were not in any playlist, now will be present in the new one.
    I recommend to browse through the tracks to see if it contains songs you still want to keep.
    Simply select those and press the Delete key (the entry in the playlist will be deleted, but not the actual file).

    Next, select all (remaining) tracks in the new playlist (Command-A).
    To delete all selected tracks, press the Option-key and then the Delete key.
    You will be asked if you want to put all those tracks in the Trash.
    Emptying the Trash is the last step to regain HD space.

    Other methods which could be used are sorting on times played in the Library and then deleting the ones you never played or only played once, whatever you prefer.

    Hope this helps,

    17' iMac 800 MHz, 768 MB RAM, 200 GB HD, DL burner | Mac mini Intel 1.83, Mac OS X (10.4.10), iTunes 7.4.2
  • rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Oct 29, 2007 2:01 PM (in response to ATH)
    Alternatively, you could put all your playlists into an iTunes folder, then create a smart playlist (outside of that folder) defined as +Playlist -- Is Not -- (folder name)+. That will show all songs which are not part of any playlist, other than this one.
    HP Pavilion, Windows XP Pro, 60GB Video, 6GB Mini


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.