Replacing iTunes for Mac, Apple’s Music is now the app to manage the songs in your iTunes library. Duplicate songs have been a common issue with iTunes. The issue persists with the Music app. Duplicate songs in Music can be unnecessary, storage wasting and even annoying. This article shows you how to remove duplicate songs from Apple Music so as to keep your music library tidy.
Like iTunes, the Music app on your Mac provides a built-in solution to automatically find duplicate songs. It offers two features: Show Duplicate Items and Show Exact Duplicate Items.
This feature will find both the exactly matched duplicate songs and the roughly matched ones in Apple Music.
The exact duplicates in Music are songs that are completely the same, from the same artist and album and of the same version and length. Importing a song twice (or more) is a common cause of such duplicates.
In your Music app, if you have two versions of the same song by the same artist, they are called the roughly matched duplicates. One could be from the studio album, and the other could be a live version. They could be different in length and other ways.
This feature will only identify the exact duplicate songs in your Music app.
Now it’s time to get rid of the duplicate songs that have been found. The most important thing is to decide which songs to remove.
The Music app only shows the duplicates it has detected. It doesn’t select tracks for you to delete. You need to do it manually, one by one.
Apple’s Music app shows columns that display the information of the songs in it, such as Name, Size, Artist, Album and Date Added. The information can help you decide which duplicate tracks to delete.
When it comes to the roughly matched duplicate songs, you can use information such as Album, Time and Size to easily differentiate between versions of the same song. It’s easier to handle exact duplicate songs because they are all the same.
If you choose Keep File, the track will only be removed from the Music app but will remain on your Mac.
It’s a good idea to use the first-party solution if there are only a few Apple Music duplicates to handle. But the deletion process will be long and tedious if there are lots of them. Luckily, there is a great third-party duplicate music remover app to help.
Cisdem Duplicate Finder for Mac is a powerful, easy to use app. It is designed to identify and safely delete the exact duplicate tracks in the Music app as well as iTunes. Below are its main features:
Duplicate playlists in Apple Music can be annoying. They often occur with playlists updating and syncing between Mac and iPhone. Below is how to delete an unwanted duplicate playlist in Music on Mac.
However, in many cases, deletion is no enough. Duplicate playlists may reappear. Here are some brief tips to help avoid them.
Thanks to the Show Duplicate Items feature that comes with macOS itself, it’s possible to quickly identify duplicates from Apple Music without seeking outside help. However, if you have tons of tracks in Music including many duplicates scattered among them, then a dedicated duplicate music remover will be far more efficient. Keeping your music library duplicate-free can help bring a better music experience.
Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.