6960 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2010 12:00 PM by Dad_With_Lots_of_Kids
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.
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.
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.