I am cleaning up my iTunes folders. I realized that there are more than 3k of files which are actually not in iTunes. I identified them and I have all of them inside a text file called "untitled.txt" in the format below.

/Volumes/Multimedia/Music/ITunes Media/Kiko/Come On Up/Come On Up.mp3
/Volumes/Multimedia/Music/ITunes Media/Kiko/Traxxxx/Traxxxx.mp3

The files are sitting on my NAS so my question would be what would the script look like and will it read the NAS file format (I think it is ext4).

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    Did you try iTunes' 'consolidate' function? [I've never tested it on a NAS] ..or do you mean they're not listed at all in iTunes, but are simply 'spare files'? – Tetsujin Jul 20 at 9:20
  • Not at all in iTunes, just in the iTunes folder... some sort of legacy which I am cleaning up at the moment. I would need the script and then hope it will delete the files. – plusacht Jul 20 at 9:32
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As an alternative to using AppleScript, it is so much easier just to do it in Terminal using bash, e.g.:

while IFS= read -r line; do echo rm "$line"; done < /path/to/untitled.txt

Run it as is with the echo command to have a look1 at its output, and if it look okay, then run the command again without echo in it.

Note that when run without the echo command, the path file names will be quoted, so while with echo command will show as e.g.:

rm /Volumes/Multimedia/Music/ITunes Media/Kiko/Come On Up/Come On Up.mp3

However, without the echo command, the rm command with the path file names will execute as e.g.:

rm "/Volumes/Multimedia/Music/ITunes Media/Kiko/Come On Up/Come On Up.mp3"

Thus handling path file names that contains spaces.

1Hint: Enlarge the window in Terminal so you see the full line without it wrapping on the screen as this will make it easier to see any anomalies, if any.


However, if you do prefer to use an AppleScript solution, this following AppleScript code should do the trick.

This AppleScript code works for me using the latest version of macOS Mojave.

set filePathsTextFile to "/path/to/untitled.txt"

set posixFiles to readFile(filePathsTextFile)

tell application "Finder"
    repeat with i in posixFiles
            set thisItem to i as POSIX file as alias
            delete thisItem
        on error errMsg number errNum
            display alert "Cannot Locate File To Be Deleted" message ¬
                errMsg & "  Error Code. " & errNum & linefeed & linefeed ¬
                & "Please Make Sure The Volume Containing File To Be Deleted Is Mounted Or File Exists" as ¬
                critical buttons {"OK"} giving up after 10
        end try
    end repeat
end tell

on readFile(filePathsTextFile)
    set theFile to filePathsTextFile
    set theParagraphs to read theFile as text using delimiter linefeed
end readFile

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