Must Have: TuneUp to fix and cleanup iTunes library

If you have more than a few hundred songs, you’ll find this useful to save some time with TuneUp to fix and cleanup your iTunes library clean with very little efforts and start enjoying your music more!

I had a few days of leave recently and on my ToDo list was to tidy-up the iTunes library hosted on a familial iMac and the hub of all our music and podcasts. With multiple devices, multiple family members all consuming music and creating different playlists and with varying levels of discipline to maintain the titles and grouping, our iTunes library was a bit of a mess!

7 Reasons I chose TuneUp to fix and cleanup iTunes library

After spending a few minutes in iTunes to fix things myself, I quickly realised I couldn’t do it manually without spending my full holidays doing this so I quickly moved to researching how to automate the cleanup process.

I looked at the following apps:

I’m using iMac and Macbook Air and synchronise music to various mobile devices from there so I’ve focused on iTunes app for MacOS only.

Manage, tidy and enjoy your iTunes library again

I settled on TuneUp for 7 reasons:

  1. It’s very simple – no AppleScripts or complex manipulation of iTunes Smart Playlists.
  2. I never have enough time to do what I want or need to do so “delegation” and automation is my goal!  TuneUp fixes all my incorrectly labeled songs, album, artists and other metadata.
  3. Back to my CD collection found memories, it’s the first time all the album cover art is back in my iTunes library so I can enjoy the artwork and not just the music
  4. I use Dropbox to sync my personal content and even with a large hard disk, I still need to save disk space and remove duplicates – created by buying singles, albums and Best Of collections, etc.
  5. It’s integrated with iTunes without interfering into iTunes and has a really useful feature called TUniverse bringing various social features, concert alerts to buy tickets and the related You-Tube videos to that song you are playing (my daughter loves that feature!)
  6. For those who have advanced iTunes library needs or simply want to sing along, you can also pull the lyrics of songs
  7. at $34 (through this link, 15% off), I find it a good investment considering the time saved.

Here is how TuneUp works:

I am sure you can probably do some of those tasks with iTunes manually and a bit of logic or write some scripts but I know I simply wouldn’t take the time to do it so I went for an app to do it well for me. There are plenty of apps available so pick one that meets your needs!

One thing I found TuneUp didn’t help me to clean as easily as I expected is to quickly remove Dead Tracks.  So I also purchased TrakSift an app from Doug Adam’s many cool little AppleScripts and apps to do just that in 3 clicks, for under £2 (follow him on Twitter)

One more thing for my UK friends: Go fully digital by copying all your media into iTunes and try Music Magpie and get paid to get rid of all your CDs and DVDs.

Question: Do you have other tips for managing your iTunes library or other tools you recommend? You can share them below.

 

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Must Have: TuneUp to fix and cleanup iTunes library

7 Reasons I chose TuneUp to fix and cleanup iTunes library If you have more than a few hundred songs, you’ll find this useful to save some time with TuneUp to fix and cleanup your iTunes library clean with very little efforts and start enjoying your music more! I had a few days of leave […]

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