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When listening to a specific playlist and discovering that we want to delete a particular song from our actual library (not just the playlist), we always found it a pain to do so. First, we'd have to switch back to the library and then search for the song that we were just listening to in the playlist ... just to delete it.

It turns out we didn't have to do this -- iTunes has a keyboard shortcut that lets you delete any song from your library, even if you're inside another playlist. Just hold down the Option key while you hit the Delete key (Option-Delete) for any song in any playlist. When you do so, iTunes will delete the song from your entire library.

[robg adds: I thought we had documented this once here already, but I can't find it in a search, so apologies if it's a duplicate...]
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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: billbarstad on Aug 05, '05 10:07:10AM

Thanks! Very useful!



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: leary on Aug 05, '05 11:08:37AM

You can also use command-option-shift-delete which gives you the option of moving the files to the trash...



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Aug 05, '05 06:28:31PM

Um, Opt-Delete gives you the option to move the files to the trash, so why the extra keys?



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: JB Segal on Aug 05, '05 11:11:47AM

Not hiaving it in front of me, I have to ask: Will this work for iPhoto, too, substuting 'Album' for 'Playlist'?



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: Anonymous on Aug 05, '05 11:59:53AM

The shortcut leary suggested also works in iPhoto but you don't need the shift in either (just command-option-delete).



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: leary on Aug 05, '05 12:29:56PM

"you don't need the shift in either (just command-option-delete)."
Thanks, this'll make it a lot easier on my hand!



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: rkm28 on Aug 05, '05 12:46:13PM

Awesome hint! I've been wondering this for a long time...



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: hypert on Aug 05, '05 02:06:49PM

For some reason, I've never used the simple Del key (Fwd-del, usu. under Help), but used Command-Delete (the backwards-delete, usu. at the right end of the numbers row) to delete a track from a playlist. When you want to delete from the entire library, just as this hint says, add the Option key. So, Opt-Del or Cmd-Opt-Delete perform the same function.

The Option key works this way in a large number of Apple/MacOSX apps.



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iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts
Authored by: sjk on Aug 05, '05 06:09:11PM

This and other shortcuts are displayed in Help Viewer by invoking the Help->Keyboard Shortcuts menu in iTunes. Look for that menu item in other iApps, too.



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: elmer-12 on Aug 08, '05 11:59:29AM

This should have a powerful corollary: if you want to do some cleanup you can use a Smart Playlist to create a list of things you want to get rid of, such as things you never listen to, and then delete them from that playlist. Beauty.



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: gadgeTT on Sep 13, '05 10:01:36AM

Doesn't seem to work for Smart Playlists. There is no "clear" option for songs in a Smart Playlist, so the Option-Delete type thing doesn't work in there.

I want to delete all songs from my iPod Nano that are NOT in a playlist. I've successfully created a smart playlist that lists all songs that have not been assigned to a playlist, but cannot use the contents of that smart playlist as the template for deleting tracks from the iPod.

Any ideas?

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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: Wintermute on Sep 16, '05 03:46:38AM

Either copy all the songs to an ordinary playlist, and delete them from there. Or, as I used to do before i learned the option-del, select all the songs and change artist to "X". Go to library and delete all songs by "X".

Neither of this solutions are very practical or nice, but they work.

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Those who think binary, and those who don't.



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Delete non-iTunes-lib-dir files through a playlist
Authored by: krishna on Nov 02, '05 12:30:41PM

Bear in mind that if the tracks you want to delete are not in the iTunes library on disk -- I have my podcasts in ~/Music/iPodder/downloads, not under my iTunes library directory -- I couldn't get any keystroke combination to delete the file associated with the track.

I had to find and download this script:
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=deleteselectedfiles
and put it into ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts -- and then it would allow me to select podcasts (again, associated to a file which was in ~/Music/iPodder/downloads, *not* in my iTunes library directory), pull down the script menu under iTunes, and then it deleted the actual files.



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: sparcleosx on Sep 14, '06 01:14:51PM

This is no longer possible in iTunes 7.0 :-/



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: sparcleosx on Sep 14, '06 01:52:33PM

Well, it was apple-backspace..
is has become apple-delete to remove a song from the non-library playlist.



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Remove songs from iTunes library through a playlist
Authored by: mac900812 on Apr 10, '12 01:32:55PM

When you use this does it only delete the file from your iTunes or does it actually purge it from your computer so its no longer taking up space?



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