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I was rebuilding my iTunes library to clean it up, and every time I went to change an album's genre to Rock, I had to look at Religious first. iTunes comes pre-configured with a long list of genres built in that I never use. So I decided to get rid of them. Here's how to do it. (Note that if this blows up your computer or insults your mother, it is not my fault!)
  1. Navigate to /Applications » iTunes.app » Contents » Resources » English.lproj.
  2. Open the Localizable.strings file up in a text editor (in my case BEdit).
  3. Scroll down until you see /* ===== Genres ===== */
  4. Comment out any genres you dont want. I commented all the genres out by placing /* at the beginning, and */ at the end of the list.
  5. I also commented out all genres in the /* ===== Reduced Genres ===== */ and the /* ===== CDText Genres ===== */ categories.
Enjoy! The iTunes genres have now vanished from my iTunes library, and all the items labeled with custom genres have remained. As noted, try this at your own risk, as I really don't know if something might break.
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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: DougAdams on Feb 05, '07 08:27:28AM
De-Genre is a script that re-assigns the Library tracks of selected Genres to another Genre so that the original—and consequentially un-assigned—Genres disappear from iTunes' Genre pop-up list.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/

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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: Roquentin on Feb 05, '07 08:50:09AM

I don't think that script removes the default iTunes genres, according the the information that accompanies the script. The key is to remove the default genres, not the user-added ones.

I've been longing for a way to remove the default "Electronic" from the list so that I don't have to constantly mouse the the end of the word and add an "a." I'll definitely be giving this hint a try.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: Labbrain on Feb 05, '07 11:04:16AM

One other thing I noticed is that if you have songs that use the default categories (in my case classical) and you use my hint, then relaunch itunes, it may look like those songs remembered that they are classical... but really they forgot. What I mean is if you play one of them you might notice their genre goes blank. To fix that, just select all the songs in that genre, change to some other genre, then change to the desired genre by typing it in (as it wont be in the list). Basically you have to add Classical to your custom genre list before iTunes will remeber it again.

Sorry if thats confusing, but you should see what I mean as you twiddle.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: JadeNB on Feb 23, '07 10:11:10AM

Instead of mousing to the end of the word, why not use CMD-right arrow?



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: hypert on Feb 05, '07 09:05:33AM

Rockin' good hint! :-)



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Yer Right!
Authored by: DougAdams on Feb 05, '07 10:06:20AM

True, this script does not remove default Genres. I just mentioned it in case anyone was interested in tidying up their Genre list since it seemed relative to the original hint.

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/



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Yer Right!
Authored by: Labbrain on Feb 05, '07 10:54:28AM

So yeah, I posted this hint after not being able to find anything that got rid of Apples default genres.

I've been trouble free for about a week. I have 6 genres, and I like it this way a lot!



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 05, '07 12:19:39PM

Alas, it ain't so simple. I looked at this file, and a few others in the same folder, but still I don't see any files which store a few of the genres I created over the years, genres I now can't seem to get rid of, like "Baroque - Realized Electronically" or "1059" [I can't recall why I made a genre called that].

Using Spotlight to search the contents [presumably, it's searching contentws] of that folder turns up nothing with "baroque" or "1059" in it, so I must assume those genres are stored elsewhere.



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Spotlight does not search everything
Authored by: hamarkus on Feb 05, '07 02:57:01PM

Spotlight does not search a number of directories (or should I say it only searches a number of directories). In particular, it generaly does not look at system files or directories and almost certainly not within .app packages.

There have been instructions at to how force Spotlight to look at stuff it would normally not look at but even after following them I had the strong impression that Spotlight would not search my system files (maybe it cannot be done, or the instruction were incomplete, or I did not apply them correctly, or subsequent updates broke things again).

What I had used was an app named Spotlightindexer.app, which right now even refuses to start (it predates my Intel machine, which could be the reason).

If you can figure out how to use grep on multiple files (or better whole directories), you should be able to find your genres.



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Spotlight does not search everything
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 07, '07 09:23:42AM

Sure, I could make a research project out of finding out why Spotlight doesn't find the file .... or one of you who already found the file could just tell me where you found it. :)

BTW, I saw the tip about changing the genre "1059" in iTunes. Sure, we can do that .... but if we want to remove more than one or two genres, not reassign them, it gets cumbersome with the iTunes interface. Considered versus editing a text file, I'd rather edit the text file.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: Labbrain on Feb 05, '07 09:49:34PM

Can't you get rid of your own custom genres by selecting all the songs that are set to a particular genre and then changing all their genres to something else?

In other words, if no songs are classified as 1059, then doesn't 1059 go away all by itself automatically?



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: d.j.l. on Mar 21, '07 03:20:44PM

No, changing all the tracks of a genre to a different genre doesn't delete the genre. I (also) made a apple script to tame my genres, put the genre pull down is just as bad as ever. For example , I still have a genre called
"Downtempo Lounge Spy" , (perhaps from a radio channel), and I can prove it by making a smart playlist that matches that genre, which is empty.
I tried the hint, and it didn't help my list at all, in the process of putting the copy of the file I made back, I noticed the file time stamp was back in '05 and thats its root:admin; so any added genres must be in some other file.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: msadesign on Mar 25, '07 08:21:54AM

I tried looking for the 'hidden genres' by first using SpotlightIndexer. But guess what? no luck.

So, I figure that the genres are hidden someplace; the original hint that started this thread, suggesting commenting them out, just does not work.

Michael



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: bluehz on Feb 05, '07 03:26:33PM

That is a HUGE list of genres in localizable.strings and its interesting that many of them never show up in iTunes.. in particular.. they never auto-complete when you start typing them. Wonder what there purpose is if you can't really auto-complete them. Seems like that would be the purpose of such a list of strings in the app.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 14, '07 12:34:38PM

What's interesting to me is that I see genres in iTunes that are not in the file described in this hint. I don't know how to search for other files that might have these mystery genres in them, since Spotlight won't do it and what I need is to search the contents of files....



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: asmeurer on Jul 01, '07 06:43:01PM

to look in the itunes prefs file or the library info file would be my first instinct. to search contents that spotlight won't, use Easyfind.



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HELP!!...please :*-(
Authored by: camowaggie on Jan 22, '10 05:56:28PM

Your directions are very easy to follow. However, I don't know if it's because I don't have hacker skills, my Mac is messed up, or I'm just plain dumb, but I can't figure out how to do it.

I can follow you up to "Applications » iTunes.app" and then I'm lost. When I click on iTunes.app all it does is open iTunes. I also tried to search "Resources", "English.lproj", and "Localizable.strings" but the only files that popped up were in Microsoft Office folders. Is there a program other than Finder I'm supposed to be using?

If you can help me with the "iTunes.app » Contents" portion, I'm sure I can handle the rest. Thanks!



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HELP!!...please :*-(
Authored by: JM_ on Feb 02, '10 12:01:43PM

YES, please address this issue. I don't consider myself completely ignorant, but I cannot navigate past applications/itunes.app

I've used spotlight to search for the "English.Iproj" file, but I cannot find one that is from itunes...

Is something missing from my computer's OS? Did I delete something?

Where am I going wrong here?

Cheers
JM



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HELP!!...please :*-(
Authored by: everkleer80 on Feb 02, '10 02:57:21PM

Right click iTunes and click show package contents - the author should have mentioned that, but, just like in real life, once you learn about something and have been doing it for a long time, it's easy to start taking it for granted.

Just a warning though: Keep in mind that this hint talks about a version of iTunes from three years ago, so I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't work and/or had unexpected results.



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Remove default iTunes genres
Authored by: alimactkd on Nov 02, '11 05:09:46PM

I am not usually very good or comfortable with stuff like this but I found the instructions very straightforward to follow. By going through the exact instructions step by step like this, it worked perfectly. (The only thing I might add is that the 'Genres' section is near the bottom of the 'Localisation string' - it took me a while to scroll through! Lol)
Thanks very much. Finally, no more 'Children's Music' ;)



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Remove default iTunes genres - Problem
Authored by: alanpaterson on Jun 23, '12 04:59:19AM

All very clear. However, when I try to modify something in the file, I get told that I only have read access to the thing. The whole package is set this way.

Is there something I can do so that I can write?



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