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When you no longer like a song or album, or need to free up some hard drive space on your computer or iPod, you may decide to delete songs in iTunes.

Deleting songs is a very simple process, but it also has some deceptive elements that could cause you not to actually delete the file and therefore not save any space at all. Luckily, making sure you truly delete a file is a snap.

To begin deleting a song, start by going to your iTunes library and finding the song, songs, or album you want to delete.

  • To delete a single song, click on it once.
  • To delete multiple songs next to each other, hold down the Shift key while you click them.
  • To delete multiple, non-contiguous songs, hold down the Command key (on a Mac) or the Control key (on Windows) while you click the songs.
  • To delete an album, click on the album title.
  • To delete all music by the artist, click on the artist's name.

When you've selected the items to delete, you can do one of three things:

  1. Hit the Delete key on the keyboard
  2. Go to the Edit menu and choose Delete.
  3. Right-click and choose delete (on a Mac) or Send to recycling bin (on Windows).

Note: Deleting songs from iTunes will remove them from your iPod the next time you sync your iPod. If you just want to remove a song from your iPod, but keep it in your iTunes library, you need to sync only selected songs.

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