5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 14, 2013 12:10 PM by turingtest2
karen17 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do you delete all duplicates in itunes at once?

  • 1. Re: itunes Duplicates
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,520 points)

    You can try my DeDuper script.

     

    tt2

  • 2. Re: itunes Duplicates
    StalkingCrow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Show duplicates is now under VIEW in iTunes 11.  Just use the drop down menu to select between music, movies, etc.  Then go to view>show duplicates.  Then you can just select all and delete.

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  • 3. Re: itunes Duplicates
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,520 points)

    StalkingCrow wrote:

     

    Show duplicates is now under VIEW in iTunes 11.  Just use the drop down menu to select between music, movies, etc.  Then go to view>show duplicates.  Then you can just select all and delete.

     

    But that is precisely what you should not do. iTunes doesn't distinguish between "originals" and "duplicates"you have to decide which is which..If you delete them all you have nothing left.

     

    My DeDuper script automatically removes duplicate copies but keeping one remaining copy of each set. It can also preserve ratings, play counts, playlist membership, etc. which are lost in a manual clean up. Please take note of the warning to backup your library before deduping. See this thread for background on deduping and the script.

     

    If you want to manually remove duplicate tracks use shift-delete to remove selected tracks from the library as well as the playlist. Keep one of each repeated group of files and don't send the others to the recycle bin unless you are sure that there are multiple files on the disc as opposed to multiple entries to the same file. Same advice to backup applies.

     

    tt2

  • 4. Re: itunes Duplicates
    singinheart Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    "unless you are sure that there are multiple files on the disc as opposed to multiple entries to the same file" 

     

    huh?  disc? 

     

    how to be sure of the diff between entry and file?

  • 5. Re: itunes Duplicates
    turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (46,520 points)

    Under certain circumstances iTunes can have two separate entries in its database that point to the same file path. It can happen, for example, if you start iTunes with an external drive disconnected so iTunes decides that all your tracks are missing, and then connect it and scan the media folder for files. iTunes won't realise that the files are already in the database and adds new entries. Next time you start iTunes both entries will be valid, but deleting the file connected to one will break the other. The background thread contains more details.


    To see for a particular pair of duplicate tracks view the Summary tab of each and compare the file paths. If they are different then you have two files, and it is safe to delete one of them. Depending on how your duplicates got generated it may be that they are all what I call "physical" dupes, or all "logical" dupes so the decision is simple, discard in the first case, keep in the second. In practice a script takes out the guess work.

     

    Make a backup before you start deduping so you can restore it if you discover that your attempts to clean things up have gone too far.

     

    tt2