cleaning iTunes music files on my new PC for Windows 10

Hello, I've been a customer for many years iTunes and that you have now more than 1500 music files in a variety of folders to iTunes on my PC Windows 10. In fact, the number of unique music files is about 750.  I moved all my mp3 and m4a files unique to a single folder.  I also removed the 01, 02, etc. in front of the file names. I would now like to load only the music files in this folder in iTunes.  I intend to do what follows to do this:

  1. Uninstall iTunes on my PC for Windows 10
  2. Delete all iTunes music files
  3. reinstall iTunes
  4. Use 'Add file to library' pointing to the unique music folder

Please let me know if it will work.

Also, I have an IPod Touch and an IPod.  I intend to delete all the music files on each, then resynchronize both after the above and expect that the number of music files on my PC and the IPod Touch will be exactly the same.

Thanks, if you have any advice or I would need other information, it would be greatly appreciated.


You don't need to uninstall/reinstall iTunes.  If you delete the folder structure (default location C:\Users\username\Music\iTunes) iTunes library then start iTunes it will create a new library and invite you to scan your PC for the media.  I suggest you answer "" at this prompt.  Make sure that the folder that contains the media you want to add are not in this folder structure.

Then check the settings in Edit > Preferences > advanced and make sure that they are as follows:

  1. It's the location that iTunes will use when adding new media
  2. This imposes a canonical file and file naming schema, as follows:

    where your media files are systematically named - songname. ( prefix is provided only for the albums of multiple discs.
  3. This ensures that all the media is found in the structure such folders as specified in paragraph 1.

Now use file > add folder to library... to add cleaned to iTunes support.

Given that you have created a new iTunes library, existing media on each of your iDevices will be automatically erased and replaced by which it your new/updated library up to date.

Once everything is done and you have checked the results, create a backup of your iTunes library - see your iTunes backup for Windows with SyncToy library for a method suitable/recommended - and regularly update in.  You can also remove the folders containing media files that you added using iTunes file > add folder to library...

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