I would like to delete every possible file read, created or cached by iTunes on a Mac and reinstall the whole thing from scratch.

What do I need to delete? Obviously everything in /Applications/iTunes.app, what else? Here are some:

  • ~/Library/iTunes
  • ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.iTunes

Also files that iTunes uses, like (I am assuming) the various sync folders and services. What other folders/files am I missing?

  • are you using a mac?
    – soulshined
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 5:10
  • yep- updated question to make that clear. Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 5:32
  • The reason I ask is because iTunes is hard coded in the operating system, much like how windows used to hard code IE into the OS. You will have to do a reinstall of the OS
    – soulshined
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 5:33
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    soulshined: This is not correct, I was able to remove the application and reinstall it from apple.com a few weeks ago. I wasn't thorough in deleting all files however. Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 6:12
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    Then you are using 'hard coded' wrong. It's not hard-coded if the OS can function without it. Which it can (although I would not recommend forcing OSX apps out of the system, it can cause miscellaneous problems). I suppose you also want to remove the ~/Music/iTunes folder with the track database and all that.
    – oarfish
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 9:05

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The ones I know of are:



~/Library/Application Support/MobileSync

~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.iTunes.plist + more similar .plist files

However there are probably a LOT more hidden throughout the OS. As soulshined pointed out there are parts of the OS that depend on having iTunes, and removing it would break them. I am curious as to why you need to?


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