I was looking for a way to get a completely clean slate on the Music.app in macOS Catalina.

I attempted to find and delete all related settings in ~/Library, ~/Library/Cache, ~/Library/Preferences, and removed the Music folder from ~/Music.

However, every time I start up the Music.app after this, the old song list information is still there, but obviously, the music files cannot be found since I deleted them. (I get the fist time welcome popups such though.)

Are there any other files, databases, etc, that need to be cleared out before I'll get a completely clean slate again?

EDIT: I used this script to try and clear files:

I tried this to get rid of the files but it didn't work:

cd ~/Library/
music=$(find . -iname "*com.apple.music*" 2>/dev/null)
itunes=$(find . -iname "*itunes*" 2>/dev/null)
for x in $music; do rm -r "$x"; done
for x in $itunes; do rm -r "$x"; done
  • You didn't say what you deleted so we can't tell if you missed one, that said, what about old iTunes preferences? I would think that if music.app can't find it's own preferences it would use old iTunes preferences thinking it was an upgrade situation. So look for iTunes preferences too. Commented Aug 25, 2020 at 0:15
  • edited the question with the bash script commands that I used to get rid of all the files
    – user279771
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 20:53
  • Not being a unix-y script guy I can't tell if that also deleted folders, it doesn't seem like it and there are folders like ~/Library/iTunes. You may want to scan through the ~/Library folder using the old $EYE and delete anything that doesn't match your pattern as well. Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 21:59

2 Answers 2


I attempted to delete the Music library from ~/Music, but Music seemed to want to rebuild that, and discovered that downloaded music and other things were missing which lead to some issues.

I decided to delete the Library from ~/Music and when launching Music, hold the option key until you are be prompted to open or create a new Library, select to create the Library and you should be good to go!


I managed to successfully reset everything by using AppCleaner and dragging Music.app into it (doesn’t show up in AppCleaner search because it’s a system app)

It found a couple folders, including (but not limited to):

  • ~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Music
  • ~/Library/Preferences/ByHost/com.apple.Music.*
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Music.*
  • ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.apple.Music.*

I also deleted ~/Music/Music

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