6 Replies Latest reply: May 26, 2010 7:29 PM by whiskey sour
whiskey sour Level 2 (485 points)
I am in the process of cleaning up my eMac to sell it. How do I delete the songs, etc from my iTunes library and yet leave the iTunes program intact for anyone that
buys it? Thanks.

iMac 27 i5, 1TB., Mac OS X (10.6.3), 4 GB RAM, Lacie 500GB d2 Quadra, WD Passport 160,Linksys WRT160N
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 (6,000 points)
    Well, since the new owner could easily download and install the iTunes program for free, I'd be more inclined to erase the hard drive (to eliminate all of your personal data) and then reinstall the OS. Before doing so, you might want to go ahead and deauthorize your iTunes account on the machine, otherwise it will be taking up one of your five allowed authorizations.
  • whiskey sour Level 2 (485 points)
    Thanks Diane--is it possible to just erase the iTunes program itself?
  • Mordreneth Level 1 (5 points)
    There's several ways....

    Select Library->Music, the cmd+A to select all songs, then delete...
    But, this is slow, because you'll have to do this for everything (Movies, podcasts,etc, then manually delete playlists....

    Deleting your account will also delete your iTunes library...

    But Diana is right is saying that the best idea is to secure wipe and reinstall OS... a little time spent to secure your personal data is always a good thing
  • whiskey sour Level 2 (485 points)
    Thanks Mordreneth, appreciate your time and info, and will seriously consider the
    secure wife and reinstall.
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 (6,000 points)
    whiskey sour wrote:
    Thanks Diane--is it possible to just erase the iTunes program itself?


    Yes...it is, but erasing the application will not delete the library. The program itself is located in the applications folder. The library files with your actual music are located in your user files under Music and then iTunes. (I can't give you the exact path from memory and I'm not on my Mac right now.)

    Hope that helps...
  • whiskey sour Level 2 (485 points)
    Thanks Diane, I have a pretty good handle on it now, appreciate your help.
    Regards.