How To Remove Dead Tracks From iTunes

After re-encoding many songs in iTunes library, it said it was out of memory and could not save the library.  All tracks linked to deleted songs still remain in the library.  We end up having too many dead tracks in iTunes after restarting it.

Thanks to Paul Mayne with the valuable information that allows us to remove broken/dead links from our iTunes.

How this works:

iTunes will not add dead/broken tracks to a new playlist.  So, this instruction will show you how to filter out all alive links from your messy library.

OK, let’s start…

  1. Open your iTunes (Of course!)
  2. Create a static playlist by going to your iTunes’ menu, click Files and then New Playlist or by shortcut keys Ctrl + N in your Windows or Command + N in your Mac; don’t forget to give your static playlist a name “Alive Tracks”
  3. Go to your Music Library, select all your songs (or Ctrl + A or Command + A for select all), drag and drop them into your “Alive Tracks” static playlist.

OK, now you need to create a smart playlist to filter out all your alive tracks from dead/broken tracks.

  1. Create a smart playlist by going to your iTunes’ menu, click Files and then New Smart Playlist or by shortcut keys Ctrl + Alt + N in your Windows
  2. Click on the drop-down box, currently showing Artist,  and choose Playlist
  3. In the next box, choose “is”
  4. In the next box, choose “Music”
  5. Click “+” button
  6. On the new row set, click on the drop-down box, currently showing Artist, again and choose Playlist
  7. In the next box, select “is not”
  8. In the next box, select “Alive Tracks”
  9. Press OK, and give it a name “Broken Tracks”
There you go, all your broken tracks with (!) mark are in Broken Tracks playlist.  All you have to do now is selecting them all, hold Shift and press Delete in Windows or hold Option and press Delete in Mac.

 

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