Full Guide: How to Delete Music from iTunes on Mac/PC/iPhone

Need to delete music from iTunes but don’t know how? It is easy to to delete songs from your iTunes list. Here we will show you how to delete music from iTunes on Mac, PC, and iPhone.

Demi by Demi Updated April 18, 2024
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Want to delete music from iTunes?

iTunes is a great application for listening to and managing music on your computer. It's compatible with both Windows and Mac computers and allows you to conveniently store and organize your music files according to your preferences.

As you continue to add more songs to your library, it can become quite extensive. If there are tracks you no longer listen to, it's a good idea to remove them. Doing so helps free up storage space that these songs were using and also tidies up your iTunes interface.

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Here in this guide, we will guide you through how to delete music from iTunes on Mac, PC, and iPhone.

⚠️While before any operations, please be noted that removing songs from your iTunes library removes them from synced devices during the next sync. When deleted directly on your iOS device, songs are permanently removed. Purchased songs may appear hidden but can be unhidden using iTunes.

Part 1. How to delete music from iTunes on Mac/PC

Removing unwanted music from iTunes on your Mac or PC is a straightforward process. Whether you are using a PC or Mac, the steps are slightly the same. Here are the simple steps you can follow to delete music from iTunes on Mac or PC.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your Mac/PC > From the middle left options, click Songs.

Step 2. Locate and select the song you want to delete from the library.
If you wonder how to delete all music from iTunes library, use Ctrl +A or use the Shift or Ctrl key to select all songs.

Step 3. After selecting music, right-click and click on Delete from Library from the available options.

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Step 4. A confirmation message will pop up on the screen showing the notification asking, "Are you sure you want to delete the selected songs from your iTunes library." Click Delete Song, and your selected music will be deleted from iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Part 2. How to delete music from iTunes on iPhone

If you're considering replacing your old song collection with a new one and need to delete songs from iTunes, this section is just what you need. To delete a song directly from iTunes on iPhone, you can follow these simple and efficient steps outlined below.

Step 1. Go to your iPhone Music app > Press and hold the song you’d like to delete > Tap Remove from the prompt menu.

Step 2. From the next window, you will be given options to delete the song. Tap Delete from Library > Tap Delete Song to confirm your operation.

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Repeat these steps, you can delete all unwanted music from iTunes on your iPhone.

What’s the difference❓
Remove Download and Delete from Library
• Remove Download will delete the music from your device, but leave it in your library. The synced music will disappear until you sync again.
• Delete from Library will delete the music from your device and your libraries. If the music was purchased, the purchase will be hidden on all of your devices.

One more step to delete local music files
If you're trying to clear out a lot of space on your iOS device, you can delete all of your stored music at once.

Step 1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone > General > iPhone Storage.

Step 2. Scroll down to choose Music > Tap Edit > Delete all or unwanted song by tapping the red minus sign > Tap Done to confirm.

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Bonus: How to manage music on iPhone without iTunes

Now that you've learned how to delete songs from iTunes, traditionally, iTunes has been the go-to software for music management for iOS devices, but there are alternative method. for those who prefer not to use it. For efficient management of your iPhone music, we suggest trying out FoneTool, an iPhone backup & transfer software.

As an iOS data management tool, it enables you to:

• Transfer selective files between an iPhone/iPad/iPad and PC

• Full & selective backup iPhone/iPad/iPod files to PC

• Erase certain types of files from iPhone/iPad/iPod, including erase music from iPhone


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You can click the download button to get FoneTool, and we will show you how to delete all music from iPhone but not iTunes, as well as how to transfer music from iPhone to PC as a backup.

Erase music from iPhone but not iTunes

The powerful data eraser function in FoneTool helps you erase all music from iPhone in one-click. Here are the simple steps you can follow.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC > Launch FoneTool, and choose Toolbox > Choose Data Eraser > Go to Erase private data.

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Step 2. Select Music option > Enable Deep Erase Technology if you want to permanently delete music. Finally, click Start Erase to confirm.

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Transfer music from iPhone to PC and vice versa

FoneTool also can help you transfer music and other files between iPhone and computer. With FoneTool, you can always put your songs in the right place.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and USB stick to computer > Run FoneTool and click Phone Transfer from the left bar > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

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Step 2. Click the plus icon to browse music on your iPhone > Select the songs you want to transfer to USB > Click OK to confirm.

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Step 3. From Transfer Settings, you can choose the storage path as per you prefer > Click Start Transfer to begin the process.

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As you can see, you can also transfer files, including music from any source from PC to iPhone using FoneTool, enabling you to have more music to enjoy on your iPhone. More info: How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone.


That’s all for how to delete music from iTunes. As you can see, it’s not a challenging task to make it, this guide has provided you with the steps to do so effectively. By following these instructions, you can ensure that your music collection remains organized, accessible, and tailored to your preferences across all your Apple devices.

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