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How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

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Apr 11, 2019, 10:24 am EST | 2 min read

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

If you do a lot of downloading outside the iTunes store, songs in your library can get jumbled up, leaving you with duplicate albums. If you’d like to know whether you’ve downloaded something twice, it’s easy to tell in iTunes.

Show Duplicate Items in iTunes

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Open up iTunes from the Dock or your applications folder. From the File menu in the top menu bar, hover over “Library” and select “Show Duplicate Items” from the dropdown.

This will display a list of items that share the same name and artist, so two songs with the same name by different people won’t show up here.

The album, length, and content can be different, which may lead to some confusion. Not everything in this list is an offender, so you shouldn’t just go deleting everything.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

For example, compilation and “best of” albums that curate songs from that artist will show up here if you also have the original copy. If an artist puts out an updated version of a song on a later album, that shows up here as well, assuming it has the same name. “Premium” editions of albums that feature additional songs will show up here too if you have both versions. In each case, you might want to keep some of the songs iTunes claims are duplicates, so double check before deleting anything.

However, you never want to select everything and delete, because this list shows both copies of the song. You’ll have to hold down Command to select multiple items and manually click on each song you want to get rid of.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

This is annoying, but there’s no faster way that takes into account all the possible reasons why you’ll have duplicates. Once you’ve selected everything, you can right-click and select “Delete from Library” to remove the items you chose.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

At the top of the screen, you can change the view mode to “Same Album,” which narrows it down much more and solves most of the issues with separate albums.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Items in this list are likely import issues, and you can usually remove most of the duplicates without any worries.

Bulk Editing

If you’d like to keep the duplicate songs, but change the album they are contained in, you can do that with bulk editing. Select multiple songs you want to edit with Command+click, then right-click the selected items and click “Get Info” on the context menu.

This will bring up a prompt informing you that you are trying to edit multiple items. You can press “Do not ask me again” to hide this in the future.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Click “Edit Items” to proceed to the info screen. From here, you can make changes to any of these boxes, and they will be applied to every song you have selected. If you change the album, the songs will sort into a new album, though you may have to add the album art back under “Artwork.”

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Be careful when changing information here because it’s hard to sort everything back into place should you mess something up. One annoying thing is the track numbers, which you can’t edit in bulk. If your track numbers are out of place, you’ll have to edit them one-by-one manually, which can take some time.

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3 Free Ways to Remove Duplicate Songs from iTunes

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Those who like to use the old iPods to listen to music, myself among them, probably have collected many music tracks in iTunes music library. With a large music library, you may have many duplicate tracks. In this article, I will show you 3 free methods to remove duplicate songs from iTunes.

I know there is some paid software out there that are dedicated to doing such a thing, but I have not tried them. I don’t think it necessary to pay for it since there are free methods out there. Let me break it down for you.

Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes

iTunes actually has an option to show all the duplicate songs, so you can quickly remove all the duplicate songs altogether. Let me show you how to do that step by step.

Step 1. You can first select a playlist, a few songs, or the entire library that you want to remove duplicates from.

Step 2. Click File > Library > Show Duplicate Items.How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 3. Right click on the blank space to the right of the last column, and select “Date Modified” or “Date Added” to show Date Modified or Date Added column in iTunes, so you can better sort out the duplicate tracks.How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 4. Select the recently added duplicated songs and hit the delete to remove all the duplicated songs from iTunes. You can use Ctrl + click or Shift + click to select multiple results to delete on Windows or Command + click or Shift + click on Mac.

Notes: If you only want to remove exact duplicate tracks, press and hold the Shift key while you click the File button.

If you only want to delete downloaded items, you need first click View and select Only Downloaded Music before showing duplicate items.

The option Show Duplicate Items only available to remove duplicated tracks imported to iTunes on this PC. You will see the option greyed out when you want to apply this to your iOS music library. If you login to your Apple Music accounts on iTunes, the songs you deleted from iTunes will also affect your iCloud Music Library on your iPhone.

Use a Script to Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes

If you have a very larger music collection like thousands of tracks, you may still find it hard to do that manually. Luckily, someone has written a script to help you remove duplicates on iTunes automatically. You refer to the steps below to see how it works.

Step 1. Download the script DeDuper from here to run. If it does not start to download, just copy all the codes and paste it on a new TXT file and then change the file extension to “.vbs”.

Step 2. Like the previous method, select the playlists or the entire library that you want to remove duplicates from. If you do not specify the music source, this script will check all the downloaded music for duplicatesHow to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 3. Double click to run this script and then can select to preview & confirm each action or let it process tracks automatically. My recommendation is to back up your library (make a copy of the iTunes Library.itl file) and let the script to remove duplicates automatically.

You can select the Music source in your library to run this script. If you do not select a music source, this script will check all the downloaded music for duplicates.

As you can see this method can only remove duplicate songs from iTunes library that are physically stored on your computer. If you want to remove duplicates from Apple Music, you can check the next method.

Delete Duplicate Songs with Siri Shortcuts

If you want to remove duplicates songs on your iOS music library, there is one pre-made shortcut that can help you do that without a PC. Since iOS 12, Shortcuts app is more like a system based feature that allows you to automate many tasks. You can check this guide to learn to create your own Siri shortcuts.

This shortcut can help you isolate duplicates whether the songs are imported from other location or tracks from Apple Music. Sound cool? You can follow the steps below to get started.

Step 1. Install the Shortcuts app if you haven’t. Then open this link in Safari to download the Apple Music Check Duplicates shortcut.

Step 2. Tap to run this shortcut and it will start to check for duplicates.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 3. When the process is complete, open the Music app and you will find a new playlist called Redundant Songs.

Step 4. Tracks in this playlists are all the duplicates in your music library. Now you can delete all songs in this playlist from Library.

After that, you will find your music library has no duplicate songs.

Bonus: TidyMyMusic

TidyMyMusic is a third-party program for removing duplicate songs in iTunes music library. You can delete all duplicates automatically by one click. You can now download the free trial version of the program to see how it works.

Step 1. Click Import iTunes Library to let the program scan your iTunes library and collect all the songs to TidyMyMusic all by itself. You can also import your local music to TidyMyMusic.How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 2. Click the Delete Duplicates button at the bottom left and then the program will show you all the duplicates. You can also specify the file info to compare if needed. How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Step 3. The program will automatically select the best version of the song to keep, so you just need to click the Delete Duplicates button to delete all the duplicated songs in iTunes Library

More than removing duplicated songs in iTunes, the program can automatically fix mislabeled songs with song name, artist info, and so forth. If you like this program, you can get it now for Windows or get TidyMyMusic for Mac

Conclusion

That’s all the 3 methods to remove duplicates from iTunes music library. Now it is your turn. Which of these methods are you going to try first? If you have found a better way to do it, share it in the comments.

Here are a few tips and techniques on how to get rid of duplicate songs in your iTunes Library as well as some precautions you should take before deleting duplicate tracks.

As your iTunes Library grows, you will probably lose track of exactly what media you have already imported. Eventually you will end up with duplicate songs and videos. Yes, dreaded iTunes duplicates. For example, you might accidentally import a CD twice or add files from Limewire or BitTorrent. Or maybe a friend with a big Terabyte hard drive loaded you up with a lot of music recently.

Here are a few tips and techniques on how to get rid of duplicate songs in your iTunes Library as well as some precautions you should take before deleting duplicate tracks.

Requirements:

  • Any computer with iTunes 4.7 or higher installed (Mac or PC)
  • iTunes duplicates of songs, books or videos in your iTunes Library

How To Remove Duplicate Songs From iTunes

Whether you’ve downloaded music, ripped DVDs or imported songs from CDs, you may have a few duplicate files causing clutter in your iTunes collection. Here’s how to find and get rid of any duplicate content in your iTunes Library:

Open iTunes

Open iTunes. You can find the iTunes application inside your applications folder.

Display iTunes Duplicates

Select “Display Duplicates” or “Show Duplicates” from either from the File menu (File > Show Duplicates)
or the Edit (Edit > Show Duplicates) or View menu (View > Show Duplicates). This will vary depending on what version of iTunes you have installed.

Scan For iTunes Duplicates

Analyze the metadata of your duplicates. You will now see all the media that you have doubles for in your iTunes Library. For example, take a look at the image below. We have two copies of the Alice Cooper song “School’s Out.” Should we delete one of them? Not so fast. Take a closer look at the Album column.

These two tracks may be the same song, but they are from two different albums. One is from the Dazed And Confused movie soundtrack and the other is from a compilation called Mullets Rock. They are the same songs, but from different albums.

If you were in this situation, should you delete one of them? This entirely depends on you. If you are short on hard drive space, then you might want to delete one of the tracks. At the office, we have a 2 TB Lacie drive with plenty of hard drive space for our music and will keep both songs. But if you have duplicate songs from the same album, then you should probably delete one of them.

Closely Analyze Your iTunes Duplicates Before You Delete Them

Before deleting a duplicate file, there are several things you should take into consideration.

  • Play each file to make sure they imported properly and sound good. You don’t want to delete a good version of a song and keep a bad one.
  • View the metadata of your duplicate tracks before deleting them. You can right-click on any song in iTunes or select “Get Info” from the File menu (File > Get Info). You might have two versions of the same file, but are they really the same? Were they imported at the same bit rate? Are they the same file size? Do they both have artwork?

Here’s a good example of why you should check all duplicate tracks before deleting them. Let’s say your friend gave you a bunch of songs and you imported all of them into your iTunes Library. You already had a few of the songs they gave you and you ended up with some duplicates which you quickly deleted. Then later, you realize that many of the songs your friend gave you were purchased using their iTunes Music Store account and you can’t play them without their iTunes password. But now it’s too late. You already deleted your songs and now you have to reimport your CDs and even repurchase some songs from the iTunes Music Store.

Consider making a backup of your duplicate iTunes files before deleting them for good (see example above). You can make a new Playlist in iTunes and drag these duplicate songs and videos into this playlist. Then burn them to CD/DVD-ROM in case you need them in the future.

When Evaluating iTunes Duplicate Songs, Don’t Delete Live And Alternate Versions!

You can now manually delete these songs, but be careful! These duplicates might be from Live albums, soundtracks or even from a “Greatest Hits” CD. Take a look at the image below. I have three copies of the Alice In Chains song “A Little Bitter.” Two of them look like they are from the same album. The third track is a remix version of “A Little Bitter” from the Alice In Chains box set.

Show All Songs: Double-Check You Work

To “Show All Songs” again, you can select “Show All Songs” from the File, Edit or View menu (depends on what version iTunes you are using) or click on the button that says “Show All Songs” at the bottom of your iTunes window (File > Show All Songs).

NERD NOTE: iTunes 4.7 was the first version of the program that allowed users to easily display duplicate tracks in their Libraries. iTunes 4.7 was released on October 27, 2004. (Source: Wikipedia)

Deleting iTunes Duplicates – Using VBScript (PC Only)

This next method uses VBScript and will only work for Windows users. If you are unfamiliar with VBScript, it’s a coding language that allows you to make your own custom program for your PC. To run the duplicate song killer VBScript below, just follow these steps:

  • Copy and paste the VBscript code listed below into a new Notepad document (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Notepad).
  • Edit line #2 and replace “DaCeige” with your username. DaCeige is the MethodShop reader who wrote the script for us.
    • C:\Users\DaCeige\Music\iTunes\iTunes Music
  • Save the Notepad file using a file name like “DupKiller.vbs” Notepad will automatically try to add “.txt” to your text files. You MUST add the file extension “.vbs” to your file.
  • Double-click on the file called “DupKiller.vbs” on your desktop. This will make a shortcut to the script.
  • That’s it. Just double-click on the shortcut for now on to run the script.
  • You may see a warning window from Norton AntiVirus when trying to run this script. Just select the option that allows this script to run. But be cautious before running a VBScript. Never run a VBScript without inspecting it first. Many times people will try to hide viruses in VBScripts.

Here’s the VB script below if you want to inspect or copy it.

Alternate Ways To Manage Duplicate iTunes Songs

Several third party software companies and programmers have developed ways to help manage duplicate songs in iTunes. Here is a short list you might find useful:

  • Corral All Dupes (Doug’s AppleScripts)
  • iTunes Dupes Barrier (Hyperbolic Software)
  • iTunes VBScript Dupe Killer (Josh G.)

Final Thoughts: How To Delete Duplicates In iTunes

iTunes duplicates can be a pain in the ass, but this issue can be taken care of with a little patience and know-how. Whether you use iTunes to manage your duplicates or an alternate option, you should always exercise caution before deleting your music.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Tune Sweeper also works with the new Apple Music app.

Summary

Do you have loads of duplicate songs polluting your iTunes library? We hear you. This article guides you through the 2 best ways to delete duplicate songs from your iTunes library: A method for automatically removing duplicates using Tune Sweeper is described, as well as details of iTunes’ own built-in duplicate search function.

For larger libraries, we recommend using Tune Sweeper, as the tool can find all iTunes duplicates, automatically select the best to keep, and get rid of them for you.

For smaller libraries with only a few duplicates, you may find that iTunes duplicate search function is enough for you.

How to remove duplicates in iTunes automatically using Tune Sweeper

If you have a lot of duplicate songs in iTunes, it could take hours of analyzing and listening to each track to decide with track to keep and which to delete. This is where Tune Sweeper could save your valuable time (and sanity).

🡇 Watch this video to see Tune Sweeper duplicate remover in action. 🡇

Tune Sweeper provides the ability to automatically select all duplicates to get rid of, and which to keep, in just a click of your mouse. You can choose to keep the tracks of Highest Quality, Longest Duration, Latest Added, Oldest Added or Latest Played.

Another advantage is that you can specify search criteria for Tune Sweeper to return strict duplicates (an exact file copy), or all tracks with a matching title. You can return a detailed search for duplicates by:

  • Artist
  • Album
  • Track #
  • Track Count
  • Time Difference
  • Media Type

To delete duplicates from iTunes using Tune Sweeper, follow these steps.

  1. Download and install Tune Sweeper
  2. Launch Tune Sweeper and click “Search for Duplicates”
  3. Your current iTunes library will be scanned and Tune Sweeper will return a list of duplicates
  4. Manually choose which files to get rid of, or allow Tune Sweeper to do it automatically by selecting a Keep Selection Preference
  5. Once you’re happy with the selections, click Remove Duplicates

Easy! You’ve just automatically found all iTunes duplicates, selected the best versions to keep, and delete duplicates in iTunes all at once!

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Removing Duplicates is not the only thing Tune Sweeper can do though. The program will also allow you to fix missing or incorrect track information, download and fix your album artwork, and clean up your iTunes listings by removing songs with exclamation marks, or adding music from your hard drive which is not yet in iTunes.

How to find and delete duplicate songs using iTunes

iTunes also provides a basic way to find and get rid of duplicate music. However, unlike Tune Sweeper, you’re unable to configure your duplicate search or remove your duplicates automatically based on your preferences. Removing duplicates with iTunes itself can be very time consuming if you have a large library, or if you have multiple duplicates from different sources e.g. original, live version, extended version, radio edit etc. To use iTunes’ own duplicate search function, launch iTunes and display your music library by songs by clicking the Songs header in the menu bar on the left of iTunes.

How to show duplicates in iTunes – Now, you’ll be able to find your duplicate songs. In the menu bar at the top of iTunes, go to File -> Library -> Show Duplicate Items. This option will display only duplicate tracks from your current iTunes library. If the duplicate pairs are not grouped together, you can click the Name column header to group them.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

How to show duplicates in iTunes

How to delete duplicates in iTunes – From here, you can simply click a track, or hold down the ctrl key while clicking multiple tracks to select them. Once you have made your selection, go to Song -> Delete to delete your selected music.

Deleting large amounts of duplicates in iPhone Music app is quite tedious and complex. Why not make it simple and automatic? Read this tutorial to know how to delete duplicate songs on iPhone automatically.

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Pesky duplicate songs in iPhone Music app should be removed. They make bad experience while listening to music. Moreover, these useless duplicates will take up the limited storage of your iPhone.

If you have only a few duplicate songs, it’s easy for you to find and remove them with iTunes help. However, it could be complex and tedious if the duplicates become extremely many. For this reason, this post offers the following method to automatically delete them.

Tools We’ll Use to Remove Duplicate Songs

  1. One computer with iTunes.
  2. One USB cable for your iPhone.
  3. One content manager for iPhone/iPad/iPod – AnyTrans.

How to Delete Duplicate Songs from iPhone

Step 1. Prevent iPhone from syncing automatically.

Open iTunes, click iTunes > Preferences > Devices, select “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically” > Click OK.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

How to Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. Clean up your iTunes Music Library.

Select all songs in iTunes > delete them. It is suggested that you back up your iTunes before deleting.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

How to Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. Rebuild your iTunes library and delete duplicate songs automatically.

Download AnyTrans to computer > Install and run it > connect iPhone to computer with USB cable > click “Content to iTunes” > select “Music” and “Playlists” > click “Strart Transfer”. All songs on iPhone will be transferred to iTunes, except duplicate songs. (AnyTrans will automatically clean the duplicate items when transferring songs to iTunes.)

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

How to Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone – Step 3

Step 4. Songs on iTunes library are well organized after rebuilding. Now you can transfer them from iTunes to iPhone with iTunes or AnyTrans.

The Bottom Line

We admit that the steps above are a little complex. But when comparing to manually deleting massive amounts of duplicate songs on iPhone, this method is so easy and worthwhile. Why not download AnyTrans and have a try.

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May 26, 2017 (Updated: August 18, 2020)

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Duplicate songs on iPhone are mostly seen when you have a big iPhone music library. In such as case, you will definitely have a lot of same song duplicates. These duplicates are also very hard to find manually on iPhone, most especially when you download multiple versions of songs from different sources. However, iTunes have a built-in feature that can aid you in fetching out these song duplicates manually and exterminate them once and for all.

Nevertheless, we shall learn different methods on how to find and delete duplicate songs on iPhone.

  • Method 1: Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone using iTunes
  • Method 2: Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone using Third-Party Tool

Method 1: Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone using iTunes

Duplicated songs on iOS device can only be deleted on iTunes through manual process. However, iTunes offers users the privilege of viewing such files before deleting one of the copies.

Here are steps on how to delete duplicate songs on iPhone using iTunes.

Step 1: Open iTunes.
Step 2: Click on View Menu on Mac, Windows PC users may need to click (Ctrl + B) keys to reveal the menu first.
Step 3: Click on File > Library > Show Duplicate Items.
Step 4: Tap Show Duplicate Items.
Step 5: iTunes will show a list of duplicate songs. You can also request to see this list grouped by albums by tapping on Same Album.
Step 6: Sort and find the songs you want to delete.
Step 7: Delete them individually till you are done.
How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Method 2: Delete Duplicate Songs on iPhone using Third-Party Tool

Nothing removes duplicate on iPhone like iMyFone TunesMate. It is now the most applauded iTunes alternative for relieving bad experiences gotten from annoying duplicate songs. The fact is that iTunes is good in finding and removing duplicates, but the truth is that iTunes can only be useful when removing a few duplicate songs manually.

It is ridiculous and tedious to use iTunes in removing extremely multiple duplicate songs from iPhone. TunesMate can achieve this fit in just 1-click.

How to use TunesMate in Deleting Duplicate Songs on iPhone?

To enjoy TunesMate, you will need to connect your iPhone/iPod/iPad to computer via USB cable. Once you have established a connection, the process becomes simple and easy through these steps.

Step 1: Run TunesMate on your computer.
Step 2: Click on Home interface, and choose “Transfer iTunes media to iDevice” from one of the three 1-click options.
Step 3: Then, TunesMate will detect the duplicate songs automatically and give you the options: Keep both or delete the duplicate songs.
How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Once these steps have been completed, you can now disconnect your iPhone from your PC, and enjoy your songs with no irritations from duplicate songs.

iMyFone TunesMate has many advantages over iTunes and other iTunes alternatives in removing duplicate files. Here are some of the advantages of TunesMate.

  • Selectively transfer iTunes files to iPhone instead of syncing all data.
  • Transfer iTunes files to iPhone without deleting original iPhone data.
  • Both free and paid files can be transferred between iPhone and iTunes/PC.
  • Rebuild iTunes library by transferring data to iTunes from different iDevices.
  • Add local PC files directly to iPhone.

iMyFone is highly spoken of by hundreds of users and well-known media.

“How do I delete duplicate songs in iTunes? No, I don’t want to see hundreds of pairs of songs side by side that must be selected and removed one at a time. It seems like this should be a basic functionality but all I can find is Dupe Away for $14. I’d really rather not go through the bother of finding new media software, how can I delete iTunes duplicates for free?”

Duplicates in iTunes can be really annoying. Let’s take music as an example, sometimes iTunes get multiple copies of the same song, or even two copies of the whole album. when you are listening to music and hit the next, the same song is playing again and again. Even worse, these duplicate files eats lots of storage space on your device. Now, follow our foolproof guide below to find and remove duplicates in iTunes.

1.Backup Media Files before Deleting Duplicates in iTunes

Something unexpected may happen any time. Before you get down to deleting duplicate songs in iTunes, it’s recommended to make a copy of your iTunes library to an external drive. So that if you lose your iTunes songs by accident, you can restore them from the backup.

However, the media files included in your iTunes library may not be in the same folder. It is complicated to back up multiple folders one by one. With that in mind you can consolidate all your media files into one folder before backup.

  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, select File >Library >Organize Library.
  • Check “Consolidate files” and click the OK button. Then copies of any files are added to the iTunes Media folder.
    How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Now it’s time to back up your iTunes library.

  • Find your iTunes folder. Visit User >Music >iTunes >iTunes Media.
  • Select the iTunes folder, then hit Ctrl – C or Command – C.
  • Head over to the external hard drive and press Ctrl + V or Command + V.
    How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Notes: On a Mac with macOS Catalina, your previous iTunes media library is now separated into Apple Music app, Apple TV app, Apple Podcasts app, and Apple Books app. But don’t be upset, you can back up your Mac and all your media library is included in that backup.

2.Find and Remove Duplicates in iTunes

To find your song duplicates in iTunes, you can launch iTunes and choose File > Library > Show Duplicate Items. After that, iTunes will show you all the instances of a song by the same artists.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

But sometimes the results may include a remix or version from a different album. To avoid this, you need to search for exact duplicates, in which the song, artist, album, and version are all the same. Hold down the Option key on Mac or the Shift key on PC and select Files > Library. Then you will find the “Show Duplicate Items” option has been changed to “Show Exact Duplicate Items”.

After you find duplicate items, you can start to delete duplicates in iTunes.

  • Step 1: Just select the items you want to delete with cursor and press the Delete key on the keyboard.
  • Step 2: Click the Delete button to confirm that in the popup.
  • Step 3: Then click the “Keep File” or “Move to Recycle Bin (Trash)” button.
    How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

If you choose “Keep File”, the duplicate is only removed from your library. If you choose “Move to Recycle Bin (Trash)”, the copy is deleted from your computer.

3.Prevent Duplicates in iTunes When Importing

The chances are that duplicate tracks in your iTunes library increase as you continue to add items. Although you can delete duplicate songs in iTunes, it would be easier to prevent duplicates from adding in the first place by organizing your iTunes library so that all files are kept in one location.

  • Open iTunes, then go to Edit >Preferences….
  • Click on “Advanced”.
  • Clear the checkbox that reads “Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library.
    How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Extra Tip: How to Restore iTunes library from Backup

If necessary, you can restore your iTunes library from the backup in the external drive of your computer. You can even restore an iTunes library from a different computer.

  • Step 1: Navigate to your external drive where your backup store.
  • Step 2: Copy your iTunes folder.
  • Step 3: Turn to the location where you want your iTunes library and paste the iTunes folder.
  • Step 4: Hold down the Shift key while opening iTunes, then a small window will pop up.
  • Step 5: Click the “Choose Library…” button.
  • Step 6: Open your iTunes folder and choose the iTunes Library.itl file.
    How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

The steps above don’t apply to all kinds of computers. As mentioned before, in macOS Catalina, your iTunes library is included in your Time Machine backup. In this case, you can refer to how to restore specific files from Time Machine backup.

Final Words

If you want to remove duplicates in iTunes, you can follow the guide above step by step. For the copies you may don’t think it’s a big deal when your library is of small size, but things will be different once it gets hefty. Deleting duplicates and other unwanted items in iTunes is a good way to keep your library organized. If you have any queries or suggestions, welcome to leave them in the comment section below.

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Unless you have a perfect memory or keep a well-organized list of all your songs, you’ll end up with at least one duplicate file in your library. This is one of the problems with maintaining a music collection, especially a large one where clones invariably worm their way in!

Trying to find duplicate files by listening to your entire music library is impractical; you’re likely to give up even before you’ve got halfway. A more logical approach is to use a software tool to automatically do the hard work for you.

Duplicate file finders are great to use in this situation for cleaning up your music collection and reclaiming lost hard disk space.

If all your music is stored on iTunes, you can use iTunes to find and delete the duplicate files instead of installing another program.

AllDup

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Scan multiple folders at once.

Compare using multiple factors.

Scan inside ZIP and RAR files.

Can be hard getting started.

AllDup includes an impressive set of features for a free duplicate file finder. It seems to have options only seen in the premium versions of similar tools.

Some of the better features include being able to search through multiple folders or hard drives at once and compare files from all sources or just within the same folder. This level of precision already sets this one apart from most other duplicate file finders.

On top of that, AllDup can compare files byte by byte as well as by file attributes and all the other normal criteria (name, extension, size, etc.). What’s more is the ability to scan inside RAR and ZIP files, explicitly include/exclude file types and folders and preview the music without exiting the software.

There’s both a normal and portable version of this duplicate file finder.

Duplicate Cleaner Free

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Scan multiple file times.

Tune your file search.

Control what you want to remove.

Just a trial of a paid edition.

This free duplicate file scanner for Windows has the facility to deep scan various music formats such as MP3, M4A, M4P, WMA, FLAC, OGG, APE, and others.

Its interface is easy to use and has a truly impressive range of options to fine-tune your search. The selection assistant is particularly useful for quickly marking files for deletion based on your criteria.

Criteria can include matching audio tags like the artist, title, and album, as well as the genre, length, year, any comments, and others. Otherwise, you can have the search only look for duplicate audio data and ignore any tags.

You can also use search filters that take into account the file’s creation and modified date, size, and file extension, plus search through Zipping archives.

Once Duplicate Cleaner gives a list of results, you can use the selection assistant to mark what you want to be deleted. Some of those options include keeping the file that’s the longest, smallest, has the shortest name or even deleting every duplicate but one.

This program is just a trial of the professional edition. However, even though it isn’t the full software, it still functions as an easy way to find and remove duplicate files so long as the group is limited to 100 files or less.

iTunes is a very cool media player and it can be easily compared with the Windows Media Player in just about every aspect. iTunes has been developed by Apple inc solely for their operating system known as OS X.

Even though iTunes can be used on Windows platform as well, but doing so means the user is missing out on some very key features of iTunes as this is how Apple has designed the Windows version for iTunes. Although the Windows version has surely has all the basic features required in a popular media player, it doesn’t have any function that helps to identify and remove duplicate files.

Duplicate Files is becoming a headache of late, and it must be dealt with in a speedy manner so as to prevent the system from being overburdened and also allow the user to make optimum usage of his system’s resources. This article talks about identifying and removing dupes, as well as cleaning all the items from the iTunes media library.

Symptoms

  1. iTunes library is full of Duplicate Files
  2. Hard Drive runs out of space very quickly

Solutions

Problem : iTunes Library is full of Duplicate Files

Solution 1 : Using A Third-Party Tool

As we mentioned in the introduction, many handy features aren’t available for a user when they use iTunes on Windows. Therefore, iTunes won’t be able to identify and remove dupes on it’s own in such a scenario and the user will have to find a way to do so. Using a reputed third-party tool is the easiest and most effective solution, as this will perform deep scan of the system and weed out all the trash. “Clone Files Checker” is one such piece of software that is fully up to the task and swiftly identifies any dupes (including audio, video file types). It then provides an option to the user to create a backup before the the dupes’ deletion commences.

  1. Download Clone Files Checker (CFC) iTunes Duplicate Finder
  2. Install it by executing the setup file
  3. Once installation is complete, run Clone Files Checker in Administrator mode (Right Click -> Run as Administrator)
  4. Add all the Locations where duplicate media files are to be searched for. By default, Audio/ Video media files are located in both the Music as well as Videos folders inside “This PC”.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

However, you can easily add up to as many folders from other locations as you want.

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Select both “Music” and “Videos” and then click on “Start Search” to initiate the scan

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes
If any duplicates are found during the scan, they will be displayed in the following results screen. Clicking on “Quick Fix” will commence the deletion process

You can choose to either keep new files or old ones. It’s however, strongly recommended to go through all files before deleting them

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes
You can choose whether to delete all the duplicate files permanently or you can move them to a custom folder, just in case you may want to take a look

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes
Once the process is successfully concluded, the following message will appear on the screen confirming it

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

Solution 2 : Remove All the items from the iTunes Library

  1. Open iTunes
  2. When it opens for the first time, it will ask the user to run a scan on the whole computer to search for media files. Allow that scan to take place. Once done, it will show all the media files (Audio / Video) in the library
  3. Click on the Songs selection from the drop down box located on the left side of iTunes

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes
Select all the items by pressing Ctrl + A simultaneously

How to remove duplicate songs from itunes

  • Press the “Delete” button of the keyboard or right click on the selections -> Delete to remove all the selected items from the library