Best Solutions to Clean Up Music Library Easily on Windows/Mac

This guide tells how to clear up iTunes music library by iMusic, and the method to clear up iTunes music library on windows and on mac os.

Jul 19,2019 • Filed to: Manage Music • Proven solutions

One thing that becomes common between music loving computer users is the messy music library. Cleaning up iTunes music library and organizing music library manually can become an exhausting and time-consuming process when you have a massive collection of audio and video files. A few of the troubles faced for the iTunes cleaning up by most of the music loving gadget users are listed as below:

  • The bulky library has tracks with missing metadata information, album covers, and to top it all, clean up duplicate files in iTunes manually becomes an uphill battle.
  • Without the right tool, iTunes cleaning up becomes difficult to find the missing album covers and missing tracks.
  • Cleaning up iTunes library manually has human limitations, filling in the missing metadata information becomes harder.

Thankfully, there are many applications available to your rescue to clean up iTunes music library and organize your huge music collection in a better way. This article discusses how to clean up iTunes music library and organize your music library for iTunes on both Windows and Mac system.

Part 1. How to Clean Up iTunes Music Library – iMusic[Easest]

iMusic is a program that is developed to alleviate the pain of organizing and cleaning your massive iTunes library. The application is available for all Apple devices. The contents of your iOS devices can be managed in a more flexible and efficient way using this application. The best part is that the developers regularly upgrade the software for better functionality and advanced features.

The interface of iMusic is uncluttered, intuitive, streamlined and without a steep learning curve that makes it easy-to-use for beginners. You can effortlessly connect your Apple devices and transfer the data from one to another without having to save the data on the local hard drive of your PC.

In addition to this, iMusic lets you preview the media files before exporting or importing on its advanced built-in music player. In case you do not have an iTunes backup, this is a must-have application to restore media from your iOS device so that you don’t lose important data stored in it.

To start cleaning and orchestrating your iTunes music library, download iMusic on your PC. Both Windows and Mac versions are available, here we make Windows version for example. After installation, follow the given procedure to clean up iTunes music library.

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Steps to Clear up iTunes Library by iMusic

Step 1.Launch iMusic on your PC and click TOOLBOX from the top-middle navigation. You will go to the toolbox interface.

how to clean up iTunes music library-click toolbox interface

Step 2. Then click CLEAN UP ITUNES LIBRARY option on the interface. A scanning library window will pop up.

how to clean up iTunes music library-scan itunes library window

Step 3. Start scanning the tracks by clicking Scan button, after the tracks in your library are scanned, the tracks which need to be fixed will be displayed at the bottom of the panel and the Scan button will turn to be Fix button accordingly.

how to clean up iTunes music library-start the scanning process

Step 4. Click Fix button to clean up iTunes library at a time.

how to clean up iTunes music library-click fix button

Note: But if you only want to fix one of the four items, you can choose to click one of the related options as well, like Missing Tags, Duplicate Tracks etc.

Video Tutorial: How to Clean Up iTunes Library with iMusic

Part 2. Clean Up iTunes Music Library on Windows

TuneUp Media is one of the best plug-in applications when it comes to organizing and cleaning your music collection. The software is available for both Windows and iOS devices. If you are a Windows user, you can download the application from the given link:

TuneUp Media is a powerful and efficient tool to clean up missing or damaged tags and remove duplicate tracks from your music collection. To complement its suite of organizational and cleaning tools, TuneUp Media also comes with a smart feature called ‘Tuniverse’ that alerts you about the local concert events of your favorite artists. The advanced ‘DeDuper’ feature allows you to delete duplicate files in a jiffy.

Steps to Clean Up iTunes Music Library using TuneUp Media:

Step 1. Download and install TuneUp Media on your desktop computer or laptop PC.

Note: Once you complete the installation process, the application automatically integrates with your Windows Media Player and also connects to the online TuneUp server. When you launch TuneUp Media, the opened interface has four options available namely:

  • Clean (for cleaning your music collection)
  • Cover Art (for filling in the missing cover arts)
  • DeDuper
  • Tuniverse.

 Clean Up iTunes Music Library-click launch Tuneup media

Step 2. To clean your iTunes library, open TunesUp Media and iTunes respectively and click "Clean" in the sub-navigation below. And then directly drag songs from the iTunes interface that you would like to clean.

 Clean Up iTunes Music Library-click clean button

Note: If you are using TuneUp with Windows Media Player (WMP), you must select the desired songs in WMP, right-click the selection, select the Send To > Tune Up. This will have the same effect as dragging and dropping in iTunes.

 Clean Up iTunes Music Library-select send to

Step 3. As you do so, the selected track(s)/album(s) is transferred to the TuneUp window where the program searches for the tag information from the online database.

Step 4. Once TuneUp Media completes its process, you can click the Save All or Clear All option from the top-right corner of the window to save the changes or remove the file(s) respectively.

 Clean Up iTunes Music Library-click save all

Part 3. Clean Up iTunes Music Library on Mac OS X

Although Mac OS X has less software applications that can do the legwork of cleaning your music library, that doesn’t mean you have to settle for iTunes. One of the best software available for Mac OS is MusicBrainz Picard.

You can download Piccard from the given link:

The latest version of Picard focuses on album-oriented tagging and cross-platform compatibility. This approach allows you to utilize the MusicBrainz database to the brim. It has replaced the earlier ‘Classic’ tagger that worked on track-oriented approach. With Picard, you can conveniently clean your bulky and unorganized music library with ease.

 Clean Up iTunes Music Library-launch MusicBrainz Picard

Steps to Use MusicBrainz Picard for cleaning your music library:

Step 1.Download the application from the link given above and install it on your PC.

Note: Before proceeding, you need to copy the tracks from your iTunes library to a separate new folder on your computer.

Step 2. Once done, open MusicBrainz Picard.

Step 3.Click the Add Folder button from the top.

Step 4. From the opened Find Directory box, locate the Desktop folder, and drag the files from the new folder on your desktop to the left column on the upper section of the window.

Step 5. As soon as the tracks are copied, and Picard displays them under the Unmatched Files list in the left column of the upper section of the window, select the main Unmatched Files option, and click the Look up button from the standard toolbar at the top.

Note: As you do so, MusicBrainz Picard searches for the files’ information in the MusicBrainz database. Once the information is gathered, the files are then sorted according to their albums, and are displayed in the right column of the upper section of the window.

Note: The displayed tracks start out with a musical note icon. When the tracks become associated with your file, they change to one of the followings:

  • A small red rectangle indicates a bad match from the database whereas a green rectangle indicates a satisfactory match.
  • A red rectangle means that Picard has encountered an error.
  • A green check mark indicates that the track is up-to-date and saved.

Step 6. You can view and compare the tag information by tapping the name of the track, and going through the Original Information and the New Information that appear on the lower section of the window.

Step 7. Once you are satisfied with all the edited metadata, right-click the Album icon (appears as a Compact Disk next to the name of the album), and click the Save option from the context menu.

Step 8. To delete the duplicate files, you can click the file(s) highlighted in red and click the Remove button from the standard toolbar at the top.

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