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How to uninstall iTunes without losing songs

Updated March 23, 2017

iTunes is a digital media player that is primarily used to manage iPods, iPhones and iPads. It allows you to import songs from the Internet, CDs or directly from the media player. There are some instances that call for iTunes to be uninstalled, such as damaged software or system issues. Without losing your saved songs, you can remove iTunes and use the songs again in other applications or a fresh copy of iTunes, if you choose to reinstall it.

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  1. Click the "Start" menu and click the "Control Panel." Double-click "Add or Remove Programs" if you are using Windows XP, or click "Uninstall a Program," or "Programs and Features" if you are using Windows 7 or Vista. This launches the program window.

  2. Scroll down the window, click "iTunes" and click the "Uninstall" button. If prompted, enter your administrator password and confirm your selection. iTunes is removed from your computer. Uninstall the following related software:

  3. QuickTime

  4. Apple Software Update

  5. Apple Mobile Device Support

  6. Bonjour

  7. Apple Application Support (iTunes 9 or later)

  8. Double-click "My Computer" or "Computer" on the desktop. Double-click the C: drive then the "Users" folder. Select the "Username" folder then the "Music" folder. This folder contains your saved iTunes music. If you are using Windows XP, select the "My Documents" folder once you have clicked "My Computer" then the "My Music" folder to locate your saved iTunes songs.

  9. Tip

    iTunes Store purchases or songs imported from CDs are saved in your My Music folder by default and are not deleted by removing iTunes.

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About the Author

Kefa Olang

Kefa Olang has been writing articles online since April 2009. He has been published in the "Celebration of Young Poets" and has an associate degree in communication and media arts from Dutchess Community College, and a bachelor's degree in broadcasting and mass communication from the State University of New York, Oswego.

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