iTunes 12.x; Really delete a song

I wrote about how to delete songs once before.  That was for iTunes 11.x.  Maybe Apple read it and decided they’d made it too easy to delete a song?  In iTunes 12 it’s different!  “They’re always changing things; and they do it just to confuse you.”

The trick is to find the song in Songs, then delete it.  Delete it from anywhere else, such as a playlist, and it will lurk forever, orphaned in your music collection and uselessly taking up space.  That’s because a playlist is a bunch of pointers to songs, not a bunch of songs.

I just downloaded Simon and Garfunkel’s “Pleasure Machine.”  But I didn’t notice that I’d bought a truncated version of the song until I listened to the whole thing.  So I downloaded the full song.  Now I have to delete the truncated song.

1.  Using the search field in the top right corner, search for the song.  (Even if you’re looking right at it in a playlist, that’s no good.In the search results, find it under Songs.  In this example, there are two versions of “Pleasure Machine” so I’ll have to be careful not to delete the wrong one.

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 3.04.46 PM2.  Click a result under Songs.  Make sure it’s the one you want to delete.  In this example I checked the song’s length.

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 3.05.48 PM3.  Alt-click the song.  A floating menu appears.  Click Delete.  (You might have to scroll down the floating menu to find it.)

If Delete isn’t in the floating menu, then you’re looking at the song in a playlist, not in Songs; and you won’t be able to really delete it.  Go back to Step 1.

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 3.06.26 PM4.  Itunes asks “Are you sure?”  Check “Also hide this song in iCloud.”  Click Delete song.

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 3.07.02 PM5.  ITunes asks “Do you want to move … to the trash?”  Well obviously.  Ignore the Keep File default; instead click Move to Trash.

Screen Shot 2014-12-20 at 3.07.21 PM



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