Simplify Your iTunes Library

You want to spend more time listening to your music, not managing your library. Applying these seven tips will help you keep the iTunes library organized all the time.

1. Delete, Delete, Delete

Delete all the albums you don’t listen for past a year. Delete all the albums that you don’t like. Delete all the albums that is not complete. Or you can move them to somewhere else. I never store music for more than 10 GB.

2. Fill The Missing Information

Indexing the unorganized library is a huge task for iTunes. Start by filling the missing information of each album. The easiest way to locate information is not on Wikipedia. Instead, visiting the artist page can give a more correct information. If you’re stuck. Visit the brain of music for the largest music data collection.

iTunes Song Information

3. Genre and Composer is Secondary

If you feel anxiety because the uncertain genre or composer. Stay calm. For genre, fill whatever you think is right. For composer, there is always an option to fill with “Unknown Composer”. You never browse music by composers anyway.

4. Album Art, Google It

The ideal image size for album cover is around 500px. If you don’t have options. Use the medium size.

iTunes Library

5. Consolidate Your Library

It is a magic button iTunes never tell you. Once you got each of the album information right. Head over to File->Library->Organize Library. Check all the available options. And it automagically arrange your library under the neat folders and sub folders.

Consolidate iTunes

6. Simplify The View

You don’t really need to know how many times you have listened a song. Neither do you need to know when was the last time you listened to it. Try to hide the information you don’t need. Type cmd + j can give you access to all available options. For your insight, the picture below shows you how I display my library.

iTunes List View

7. Keep It Organized

Tell your iTunes to maintain your library. Copying the music to the iTunes folder location is always a nice choice. Afterward, you can delete the source files because your files has been saved into the iTunes folder.

iTunes Settings