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How to Find and Remove Duplicates in Your iTunes Library

2016-07-01 02:41:50 / Posted byRosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

When you've got a ton of music in your iTunes Library, things can get messy. Songs with missed or incorrect artists, duplicates crop up and you have to browse through multiple playlists to find the right one. The larger your iTunes library is, the higher the possibility that you've got tons of iTunes duplicates. And you may feel annoyed at so many duplicates and want to clean up them from iTunes. So you’ve come to the right place. This article shows you two ways to find and remove duplicates from iTunes effectively and effortlessly.

Part 1. Find and Remove duplicates in iTunes library manually

Part 2. Find and Delete duplicates from iTunes using an iTunes duplicate remover

Part 3. Tips to Prevent Duplicate iTunes Items

Find and Remove duplicates in iTunes library manually

There are two basic ways to find and delete duplicates in iTunes. The first is the most tedious and time consuming and I prefer not to count it as a viable method. The detailed instructions are as follows.

  1. Open the Music library in iTunes.
  2. Press the Alt or Option key and click the View menu.
  3. Select “Show Exact Duplicate Items”. This will change your list of songs to all of the duplicate tracks on your computer. These are duplicates that share the same song name, artist, and album.
  4. Select the duplicate songs that you want to remove. From the menu bar at the top of your computer screen, choose Edit > Delete.

1. If you don't hold the Option key, you will get the standard "Display Duplicates" option. This will show duplicates based on song name, but doesn't differentiate between albums. This means that recordings and liver versions often show up as duplicates even though they aren't.

2. Make sure you are using iTunes 11 or higher.

3. Older versions of iTunes may have the "Display Exact Duplicates" option in the File menu instead of the View menu.

Find and Delete duplicates from iTunes using an iTunes duplicate remover

If you're still having issues or have a massive library that requires a more powerful and less time consuming option, you can use a third-party iTunes duplicate remover like Cisdem DuplicateFinder for Mac.

Cisdem DuplicateFinder for Mac is one of the best duplicate file finder which can find duplicate musics, photos, videos, etc inside your internal and external file storage devices. We test-drove iTunes duplicate remover Mac and having tried it, I can say that it’s the software you've been looking for if you’re serious about cleaning up your media collection.

Bonuses from Cisdem DuplicateFinder

  • Locate duplicate images, musics, documents, audio, video, archives, packages and more.
  • Built-in preview of the already categorized duplicates and show file metadata to decide which file to delete.
  • Fully support external hard drives, cameras, iPods, USB flash drives, memory cards, etc.
  • Hide files from scanning again, also support remove files from hidden list.
  • Auto removal of duplicates in one go or manual removal of duplicates after your final check.

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Instructions on how to remove duplicates from iTunes

  1. Add iTunes folders. Download and install Cisdem DuplicateFinder on your Mac. Launch the application and you’ll see the interface below. Just drag and drop iTunes folders to scan for duplicates.If you just want to scan for certain kinds of file in the selected folder or have specific criteria about the scanning, please click the gear like icon on the right corner for advanced settings. This can help you find target duplicate files at ease.
  2. Scan your iTunes folders and show results. Click “Scan” and this iTunes duplicate remover will start to scan your folders for duplicates. And it will show you the real-time scanning results. After scanning, click "Show Results". And you'll see all duplicate files listed on a colorful pie chart which spots the most problematic file type.
  3. Remove duplicate songs from iTunes. Go to Musics category, and preview duplicate musics. At last, select duplicate songs you want to delete or select all duplicate songs by clicking “Select All” and click "Delete" button to remove all duplicate musics from iTunes on Mac.

Tips to Prevent Duplicate iTunes Items

1. When you manually copy a music folder, duplicates are created. One of the easiest ways to copy a music folder to iTunes without duplicates is by adding the folder to your library. And iTunes will add any new files you place in the folder automatically without creating duplicates.

2. You can change the iTunes settings to automatically import your music without causing duplicates. Open iTunes. Select iTunes and click Preferences. Select the Advanced tab. Uncheck the option: Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.

3. The best way to prevent iTunes duplicates is to store all your music in the iTunes media folder by default. If you download music from websites other than iTunes, choose the iTunes folder as your default download folder.

4. Don’t regularly transferring purchased music from your iOS devices to iTunes.

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2 Responses

  • Vita

    Hello, just wanted to tell you, I loved this blog post. It was helpful. Keep on posting!

    8 months ago REPLY
  • Stuart

    Removing duplicate songs from iTunes manually is really annoying, i'd prefer to use a third-party iTunes duplicate remover to delete all iTunes duplicates. Thanks for recommending me Cisdem DuplicateFinder.

    9 months ago REPLY

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