Tune Sweeper Review (Pros & Cons), Tutorial and Best Alternatives

2019-09-18 02:40:06 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to Utility Follow @ Rosa

There have been complaints about duplicates in iTunes. Fortunately, the duplicates issue can be fixed by using iTunes duplicates cleaner apps. Tune Sweeper is one of them. Is Tune Sweeper any good? Is it legit? What features does it offer? Find answers in this Tune Sweeper 4 Review.

Tune Sweeper Review

What is Tune Sweeper? It is developed by Wide Angle Software primarily for the purpose of cleaning up duplicates in iTunes library. It also offers other functions such as downloading missing artwork or track detail. The latest version is Tune Sweeper 4.19 as of September 2019.

Supported OS:

  • Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, Vista (32-Bit and 64-Bit)
  • OS 10.8 or higher

Note: This piece of iTunes cleanup software requires iTunes 10, 11 or 12 to be installed on your PC or Mac.

Is Tune Sweeper safe?

Tune Sweeper is safe to download and install. But make sure that you download it from legit sources such as the official site or the Mac App Store. From a use perspective, it’s also safe to operate. For example, when you click Remove Duplicates, a dialog box will pop up asking for confirmation of the action.

Download & Install

  Download Compatibility Size
Mac version

Mac App Store

Official site (free download)

OS 10.8 or later 5.87 MB
PC version Official site (free download) Windows Vista or later 9.12 MB

You can follow the conventional ways to install and uninstall the app. Let’s take the Mac version for an example and show you how to do the uninstallation. In Finder, go to the Application folder. Control-click Tune Sweeper 4 and choose Move to Trash. It’s that easy.

The official site offers the Install Guide and Uninstall Guide for both versions.

Pricing: How much is Tune Sweeper?

A free demo version is available for both PC and Mac, allowing users to experience how this iTunes duplicate remover works. Users can access all features but can’t perform any action to remove or fix data. To unlock restrictions and be able to fully use all features, one need to purchase an activation code.

  Price Supported device
Demo version Free -
Full version for PC $25 2 PCs
Full version for Mac $25 2 Macs

Note: The app is offered as a one-time purchase with no subscription. Its Mac App Store version only costs $15.99.

On a side note, if you buy both Tune Sweeper and Duplicate Sweeper, you can get a $12 off discount on the latter.

Customer support

On the official Customer Support page, you can find a user guide and over a dozen of support articles on how to activate and use Tune Sweeper. The user guide is also available for download as PDF. If these don't help you with your problems, please feel free to contact their customer support staff by emailing at support@wideanglesoftware.com.

Main feature: Find and remove iTunes duplicates

Tune Sweeper is best known of its function to detect and delete dupes in iTunes. With regard to this function, the app works like a typical iTunes duplicate remover or duplicate file finder would do. And the whole process could involve three steps: scanning, selecting and deleting.

Tune Sweeper welcome screen

#1 Scan for duplicates

Every time you launch the app on your computer, it will automatically load iTunes library. There is no need to manually locate and add the library file to scan. It has a decent scanning speed. However, with a large music collection, one still needs to wait for a while. Once it finishes searching for duplicates, you can view the scanning results and take further actions.

Before the scan, it’s possible get more desirable results by customizing. In the Duplicate Search Criteria section, you can find a list of the track data (like artist, album and track) used to identify iTunes duplicates. By default, they are all selected. You can unselect one or more based on your need. Users also customize the maximum time difference and filter by media type. For example, it’s easy to exclude podcasts from scanning. Once the criteria are adjusted according to your need, click Search For Duplicates.

duplicate search criteria

Tip: If your iTunes library is not in the default location, or if you want to scan a secondary iTunes library, you need to do a bit of setting up. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click iTunes Library Location. Read the warning and click Continue. Change the location and click Apply and Reload.

change iTune library location

#2 View and select duplicates

Now you can check out the scanning results. Below the toolbar, there is a message telling you the amount of duplicate groups this best iTunes duplicate remover has found. Each group has an “original” file and one ore more duplicate files. If you select the Ignore Group option in a group, the following actions you take won’t affect this group.

view groups of duplicates in iTunes

With this iTunes duplicates cleaner, you don’t need to select unwanted iTunes duplicates by hand. The Keep Selection Preferences can make things extremely easy. There are seven selection rules. If you select a rule, say, Highest Quality, Tune Sweeper will keep the highest quality track in each group and delete the rest.

To play a song with the app, highlight a song and click the Preview button, which is convenient. There is no need to open a song with the associated app on your computer.

#3 Remove duplicates from iTunes

Click the Remove Duplicates button in the upper right corner, and it will start removing duplicates from iTunes. The progress bar will inform you of the progress of the removal. Now you have a duplicate-free iTunes library.

Other features

Tune Sweeper also provides an array of other features.

  • Download Artwork
  • Remove Missing Songs
  • Add Music to iTunes
  • Fix Metadata
  • Apple Music
  • iTunes Statistics

#1 Get Album Artwork

If you are having trouble with your missing album artwork, this app can also help. You can access the feature from the welcome screen (Get Missing Artwork) or the toolbar (Missing Artwork). It can scan your library and detect the tracks that have no artwork. Once it finishes scanning, all you need to do is to click the Download All Missing Artwork button in the upper right corner. You can also right-click (or control-click) a track and choose Download Artwork for Selected.

the Missing Artwork function

#2 Remove missing tracks

If an exclamation mark appears next to a track in your iTunes, it means that the file for this track is missing. You can use Tune Sweeper to scan for the missing songs and remove them all at once or selectively.

the Missing Tracks funciton

# 3 Add music to iTunes

Here’s a common scenario. On your computer’s hard drive, there are a lot of music files which are currently not in your iTunes library. In such a case, you can use this app to quickly scan for and add these tracks to iTunes with just two clicks. This function also comes with a preview feature.

the Not in iTunes feature

# 4 Detect and fix track info issues

Tune Sweeper’s Fix Track Info tool can effectively find and fix iTunes songs with incorrect or missing metadata. When you click this tool, the app will start looking for tracks with missing or wrong information. You can click Download Information for all Tracks button to fix them all. You can also do it individually. Highlight a track, right-click it and choose Download for Selected Tracks. It will start fetching missing information like album name, time and track number.

the Fix Track Info feature

The Apple Music and iTunes Statistics tools can also be useful especially for heavy iTunes users.

Quick summary

Pros

  1. Does of good job of removing duplicates in iTunes
  2. Also provides other useful functions
  3. Available for both Windows and macOS
  4. Allows users to customize duplicate search criteria
  5. Straightforward interface with all functions displayed
  6. Provides an auto-select feature

Cons

  1. A bit expensive considering that it only works with iTunes
  2. Relatively slow scanning when compared with top similar software
  3. Crashes sometimes

Tutorial: Use Tune Sweeper to eliminate duplicates in iTunes

Note that his how-to only talks about the duplicate removal feature.

Step 1. Launch the app. Wait for the iTunes library to be fully loaded. Click the Search for Duplicates button. Alternatively, choose Duplicates in the toolbar.

Step 2. Adjust the duplicate search criteria based on your need. Click the Search for Duplicates button. Once it finishes searching, click View Results to continue.

search for duplicates in iTunes using Tune Sweeper

Step 3. View and preview the groups of dupes. Use the Keep Selection Preferences options to select the tracks you want to keep.

Step 4. Click Remove Duplicates button at the top-right corner of the interface.

Best alternatives (including freeware)

#1 Cisdem Duplicate Finder

OS: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later

It can be the best Mac alternative to Tune Sweeper’s duplicate removal feature. This duplicate file finder for Mac can detect and clean up duplicate copies in iTunes in an easy, safe and effective manner.

Pros

  1. Efficiently detect and remove duplicate copies in iTunes
  2. Finds and eliminates duplicate images, audios, videos, archives and more
  3. Also find similar photos with adjustable similarity level
  4. Supports various internal and external storage devices
  5. Provides multiple scanning and removal options
  6. Totally seven selection batch options including automatic Smart Select
  7. Allows easy previewing of images, audios, videos, documents, etc.
  8. Can also be used to remove dupes in cloud storage such as Google Drive

Cons

  1. Can’t export and import scanning results

Free Download

pie chart overview of found dupes

It’s easy to use this Tune Sweeper alternative to look for dupes. Download, install and open it on your computer. Drag your iTunes folder into the app. Click the Scan button. As soon as the scan is completed, under the All tab, you can find all the duplicates audios and videos in your iTunes. There are three preview modes: Thumbnail, List and Info. With the second mode (List), you can easily preview and play a track. Choose a selection option that suits your need. You can also select or unselect by hand. Click the Delete button to get rid of the selected unwanted dupes in your iTunes library.

preview, select and remove iTunes duplicates

#2 TuneUp

OS: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later; Windows XP or later

Like Tune Sweeper in a few ways, Tune Up can be used to clean up and manage iTunes on both PC and Mac. It has most of the functions that the former offers. The DeDuper tool can quickly find all the duplicates and allows you to remove unwanted copies all at once, individually or selectively.

Pros

  1. Works for iTunes and Windows Media Player
  2. Declutters unwanted duplicate tracks in your music library
  3. Fixes songs with inaccurate or incomplete information
  4. Also fixes the missing artwork issue
  5. Use acoustic fingerprinting technology which ensures high accuracy

Cons

  1. The Cover Art feature fails sometimes

Tune Up

Also, if you are looking for a Tune Sweeper free alternative, you can check out dupeGuru. It’s free and open-source. Despite being freeware, it’s clean and safe to install and use.

Conclusion

Hopefully this Tune Sweeper review will be helpful. Will you get this one-stop app to clean up and fix metadata in iTunes for PC and Mac? If you need all or most of its features, the app is worth having. For iTunes users with large music collections, it will take a lot of time and energy to manually delimited dupes and fix track information. A tool like this can definitely help a lot.

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