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Clean up iTunes using a Smart PlaylistLearn how to create a playlist of iTunes media you never use and delete them from your computer in one step.
If you're looking for some extra room on your hard drive one of the easiest places to trim fat if your iTunes library. The -- music that you never listen to not to mention all podcasts. TV shows and movies and audio books. These how to show you how -- take out the garbage just a few quick steps. How do you carve out all the rotten stuff while feeding the media that you can't live without here -- where Smart playlist comes in handy. Go to the file menu and select new Smart playlist. If you're nudity is a Smart playlist automatically create a playlist based on -- set -- rules. You can use them to -- all the songs from a particular artist or all of your albums from the eighties or in this case all the music that you never listen to. We're gonna make a Smart playlist with three rules rule number one the media in this in this have been played less than two times. Rule number two any media -- -- skipped over more than five times and rule number three songs you've rated one or two stars. Because they're probably won't be a lot of things -- that satisfy all of those requirements. Go to the top of the window and change match all match and. Then hit okay. Now I have a playlist of the all be bad ignored or frequently get media in your iTunes library. If you don't see much you can right click on the playlist and select edit and adjust the numbers to -- -- more media. Another trick is to right click the column headers -- -- a column for size that you can sort by file size and delete the big stuff first. The problem is if you've ever tried to delete the song from iTunes playlist you probably noticed that it just delete the song from a playlist and not from your computer. And Smart playlist the delete key is basically useless. And he had no manual control over the list and lots of course you know this trick. This keyboard shortcut comes to us from our friends over at Lifehacker. It turns out that you can't -- iTunes media from your computer directly from a playlist by holding down the option key on a Mac while pressing delete. -- -- the -- on windows. Now I wouldn't nuke all the media on this playlist about looking through it first there could be some important -- sentimental media in -- worth holding on to. Really the playlist is just there to help you get a handle on the dusty corners of your iTunes library. If you've enjoyed this video you can find more over how to dot cnet.com. We can -- me how to suggestions on Twitter. Or if Facebook's more your thing can guide me there -- more -- like these. For cnet.com I'm Donald.