6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 19, 2006 11:14 AM by Greg Mroczek
Greg Mroczek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I can't seem to delete music I've purchased from iTunes from my library. I CAN delete songs I've ripped from my CDs. But purchased songs keep popping back into my library even after I've told my Mac to move them to the trash.

Someone please set me straight on how this works, thanks.

Greg

mini, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    Why do you want to delete purchased music?
    Anyway, select it in iTunes and press Delete. It'll ask to delete from the library and delete from the hard disk. Select Yes for both.
  • Greg Mroczek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why do you want to delete purchased music? -- bad choices that I no longer want to clutter my library with.

    select it in iTunes and press Delete. It'll ask to delete from the library and delete from the hard disk. Select Yes for both. -- I sure thought I did that and that the songs I deleted did not want to stay deleted. But I'll try it again and see what happens, thanks.

    GM
  • Greg Mroczek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Chris -- I'm home now and can try what you recommended in your message.

    I select a song and press delete. But then you say it, "It'll ask to delete from the library and delete from the hard disk. Select Yes for both." -- Actually, iTunes doesn't ask either of these questions. It says, 'Do you want to move the selected songs to the trash or keep them in the iTunes music folder?' The following words are also in the pop-up message: 'Only files in the iTunes music folder will be moved to the trash.'

    I hit yes (move to the trash) and think that I've deleted the song. But the songs I delete like this -- only the songs I've purchased from iTunes, not songs I've ripped from CDs and then deleted-- don't stay deleted. They reappear in iTunes.

    So.

    How do I delete songs from iTunes and keep them deleted?

    Thanks

    Greg
  • xinfinityx Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Quite often when using the 'Move to Trash' option when deleting a file, iTunes doesn't actually delete the file (bug?). This would mean that even though the song has been removed from the library the file is still sat inside your music folder, it then gets added back in when you restart iTunes.

    You can manually delete the files using the Finder: After supposedly deleting the files from iTunes, quit iTunes and then navigate to your iTunes library folder in the Finder (usually Home > Music > iTunes > iTunes Music) and find the artist and then album of the song/s you want to delete and simply move the files to the trash (Cmd+Bksp) and empty the trash (CmdShiftBksp).

    Hope that solves your problems.

    iMac G3   Mac OS X (10.3.9)   Slot-loading, 600Mhz, 512Mb RAM, Snow
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (78,005 points)
    Quite often when using the 'Move to Trash' option when deleting a file, iTunes doesn't actually delete the file (bug?).
    You can select for it to not ask when doing this action.

    This would mean that even though the song has been removed from the library the file is still sat inside your music folder, it then gets added back in when you restart iTunes.
    Actually, the "bug" would be it gets added back to iTunes when restarting it as iTunes does not "watch" the music folder to see if anything has been added.
  • Greg Mroczek Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.

    I'll try this at home tonight.

    GM