If you’re anything like me, you have an iTunes library you’ve amassed
over the course of many years, one that includes everything from ripped
CDs to Amazon MP3 purchases to song downloads from any number of
In other words, it’s a messy collection, with duplicates, missing
album art and tags, and so on. There are plenty of utilities out there
promising to clean things up, but most of them will cost you.
True to its name, Tunes Cleaner aims to clean up your
library. It can locate and delete duplicate songs, restore missing song
tags and album art, and even work with folders outside iTunes. It
normally sells for $29.95.
So, what’s the catch? After you click one of the Download buttons (red for Windows, blue for
and then actually download and install the program (which will be the
trial version), you have to return to Leawo’s giveaway page, click that
Download button again, then leave a review for the program. Along with
that, you’ll supply your e-mail address, which the company will use to
send you an activation code to unlock the full version.
This explains the multitude of very short reviews you’ll already find
for the product; it’s a good bet some folks are just doing the minimum
required work to get the activation code. But if you want some more
objective endorsements, check out CNET’s recent review of Tunes Cleaner
(3.5 stars), along with the half-dozen or so user ratings (4.5 stars on average).
For what it’s worth, my registration code (which can be entered
directly into the program — you don’t need to redownload and reinstall
it as suggested in the e-mail) arrived almost instantly after I left my
review. Which was positive, given that in my quick tests, it worked
exactly as advertised — which is to say it found a bunch of songs
missing artwork, artist, and/or album information, then found and added
all that information for most of them.
This giveaway is good through tomorrow, June 20. If your iTunes
and/or MP3 library seems messy, I’d say let Tunes Cleaner take a whack
at cleaning it up — free of charge.