Review: Clean up your iTunes library with Leawo Tunes Cleaner

Tidy up your iTunes with this shareware library cleaner.

Leawo's Tunes Cleaner searches your iTunes library for duplicates, missing album art and song tags, and other issues, and automatically fixes it all without requiring an iTunes Store account. With a few clicks, it can tidy up the largest iTunes library, but it also works with folders outside of iTunes, though it doesn't work as a general music library cleaner: you must have iTunes 10 or better installed. Leawo Tunes Cleaner does work with Windows 8, though, as well as XP, Vista, and Windows 7; both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. It's not free, but the unregistered version is free to try.

Leawo Tunes Cleaner's plain, dialog-style start screen offers three choices: Start to Clean iTunes, Open Music File, and Load Saved Results. This tool can resume interrupted cleaning jobs, and you can save and resume unfinished jobs, too. But we were starting with a raw and untidy iTunes library of some 700 songs--small by iTunes standards, though large enough to contain plenty of duplicates. Better yet, we'd never signed in to the Apple Store, so our library had no album art or metadata. Leawo Tunes Cleaner's initial scan identified and tallied all our files lacking Album Art, Album, or Artist. We pressed "Start" to Clean iTunes, and immediately the main window started filling with album art, but not from the Apple Store. The menu also opens the Preferences for setting how missing data and duplicates are handled. After Leawo Tunes Cleaner had fixed our metadata, it scored our library and recommended we clean it more thoroughly. The program listed some files we'd dubbed from LP records as Unknown Artist and Album, but it got pretty much everything else. When our library was spiffy enough, Leawo Tunes Cleaner had fixed 679 problems.

Love it or hate it, Apple's iTunes is hard to get away from. If you've given up trying to keep basic order to your iTunes library, it certainly doesn't cost anything to see if Leawo Tunes Cleaner can do it for you!

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Leawo Tunes Cleaner 1.0.

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