7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2010 12:00 PM by Dad_With_Lots_of_Kids
evasgirl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
There has got to be a way to delete all duplicates on iTunes all at once. Can anyone help?

Windows 7
  • 1. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Sir Wetzel Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    I would like an answer myself, but this thread should be in the iTunes forums. You would probably get more results and replies there as well.

    Sir Wetzel
  • 2. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
    Open iTunes, go to "view", and click "show duplicates".

    Then highlight the duplicates then select "edit/delete".

    Or right click on highlighted files and select "delete".

    There is a script for Windows that will do this.

    Teridon's iTunes scripts for Windows.




    You might want to be careful when you do this because iTunes just looks for duplicate titles and doesn't check album or artist info.

    If you're not careful, you may end up deleting a song that has the same title as another but is not in fact a duplicate. It may be a different artist or on another album entirely.

    For example one song on a studio CD and another with the same title on a "live" or "greatest hits" CD.
  • 3. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Sir Wetzel Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    You just explained that he/she has to right click on every duplicate and delete them one by one. For larger libraries, this is where a different method may come in handy. He/she wanted a different way of deleting them other than deleting them one by one.

    Still searching for an answer.

    Sir Wetzel
  • 4. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
    You just explained that he/she has to right click on every duplicate and delete them one by one.


    File/show duplicates, edit/select all, then edit/delete. Gone in seconds.

    And I also included a link to a script that will do it.

    For your Mac, look through Doug's iTunes scripts.

    http://dougscripts.com/itunes/
  • 5. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    antony09 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Look at Clone Remover software. I use it for such problem/
    http://www.moleskinsoft.com
  • 6. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Jeff Bryan Level 9 Level 9 (61,785 points)
    $40 when you can do it for free?!
  • 7. Re: Deleting Duplicates on iTunes
    Dad_With_Lots_of_Kids Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    In my opinion - this is a design flaw by ITune/Apple - that needs to be resolved by ITune/Apple. They should NOT be creating one "flawed" program - which requires the End User to purchase another Program to resolve the flaws in the first program (ETHICS).

    While you can VIEW the "duplicates" - if you select "duplicates" and hit the delete button - you remove ALL instances (not merely reduce the number of instances to 1).

    YES - one can use the "date added" feature to sort the list of files based (as outlined as APPLEs HELP FILES) .... However, if Song A was added in January, and a duplicated song is Added in February and Song B was added in March, with it's duplicated added in April - when one sorts on Date Added - the user will still not obtain a grouping based on "which of duplication was added last"..... The ONLY way this feature would work adequately is if this "routine" was performed every time that the LIBRARY was updated.

    While anyone with basic Database management skills may be able to come up with multiple solutions (and one would like to believe that the developers of ITUNES/Apple have SOME basic database management skills) - the "controls" on importing into Library should be SIMILAR to the feature provided with Playlist (with a checkbox available to prevent a popup after each duplicated song), AND/OR a utility available to automatically reduce down Duplicated Files down to a single instance (IN MICROSOFT, I BELIEVE THEY USE THE TERM UNIQUE - no I am not affiliated with Microsoft - merely someone considering moving back to that platform -rather than dealing with have baked solution)

    The gauntlet has been thrown.... PROVE that Apple is indeed the PEOPLE's solution.