How to Free Up Hard Drive Space Filled by Apple Music

If you use Apple Music on your Mac or your Windows computer and have noticed that your hard drive is filling up rapidly, you may need to follow this simple solution shared by Kirkville. Turns out even if you don’t save music for offline listening, iTunes stores what you listen to in a cache. So if you listen to a lot of different music and don’t have a lot of disk space, then you may find that your free space is shrinking quite fast. Therefore, you need to clear this cache, though you can’t do it from within iTunes.

Simply carry out these three steps to clear your Apple Music cache:

Step 1:

First quit iTunes. Then find it’s cache folder.

  • On OS X, it’s ~/Library/Caches/, where ~ is a shortcut for your home folder. (If your user name is Alice, then the path would be /Users/alice/Library/Caches/
  • On Windows, Windows, it’s (replace USERNAME with you user name): C:\Users\USERNAME\AppData\Local\Apple Computer\iTunes\

Step 2:

When you’re there, you’ll see the size of your cache. In the screenshot below, you can see that it’s nearly 900 MB.


Step 3:

Select all these files and delete them, or delete the folder containing them.

Now when you launch iTunes, it will recreate the necessary files and as you play music, it will get stored here later. So if you notice that your hard drive space is shrinking, come back and delete it again.

That’s it, enjoy!

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  • xxxJDxxx

    I have no library folder inside of my user folder…??

  • The Library folder is hidden by default (because it could mess things up for your computer if you didn’t know what it was and deleted it or deleted the wrong files out of it).

    The easiest way to get to get to it is select “Go” from the menu bar in the Finder, and then hold down the option key to see the Library folder show up in the list. Click on that and it will open up the hidden folder for you.

  • sukisszoze

    Go to View on tool bar menu, select ‘show library folder’. Library should now show up.