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HT2905 Display Duplicates missing

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smatoska Calculating status...
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Dec 10, 2012 9:54 AM

I just downloaded the newest version of iTunes, and I can't seem to find the display duplicates key under the File tab.  Am I missing something or was this removed on a newer version.

iTunes, Windows 7
  • diesel vdub Level 7 Level 7 (20,675 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 10:44 AM (in response to smatoska)

    It is not missing, it was removed in iTunes 11.

     

    <rant>  Why is this such and issue?  Duplicates only appear when the user imports the same content multiple times. </rant>

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,860 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 10:51 AM (in response to smatoska)

    The show duplicates/show exact duplicates features have been left out of iTunes 11. Rumor suggests they will be restored in the next build. In the meantime I have written two Windows scripts to make playlists of Duplicates and Exact Duplicates, either from a selection of tracks or the entire library. Note that, as with the iTunes feature, this list makes no distinction between "originals" and "dupes", you have to decide which is which.

     

    There is also my DeDuper script for automatically removing duplicates copies but keeping one remaining copy of each set. This can 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.

     

    I'm not sure why this is such a big issue now. I can only assume the new layout makes dupes more irritating than before for people who've put up with them.

     

    tt2

  • joefromnc Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 12:11 PM (in response to diesel vdub)

    <rant>  Why is this such and issue?  Duplicates only appear when the user imports the same content multiple times. </rant>

     

    For me, it's a very big issue, but not for eliminating duplicate files.  I intentionally have many of these as I collect full albums almost exclusively.  The usefulness of the feature for me was as a very quick and easy means to check for and eliminate duplicate songs in playlists.  As an example, I have several copies of Springsteen's Born to Run in my library, (from the Born to Run album, from the 35th Aniversary Edition of same, from Greatest Hits, from Essentials, etc).  However, I would only want one of those in my  '70s playlist.  The internal Display Duplicates function could be run from within a playlist to make sure that only one copy existed in that playlist.  The dupes would be presented and it was a simple matter of eliminating the undesired one.  I spend a lot of time creating and updating my well over 200 playlists... I was in the habit of checking any I had worked on at the end of every editing session to make sure I had not introduced any new duplicates.  It did this extremely well and did not require running any scripts.  It was PERFECT... and now it is gone.  If you did not use the feature, that's all well and good... but there is no need to <rant> on those of us that did make good use of it.  

  • James Strawn Calculating status...
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    Dec 13, 2012 1:23 PM (in response to diesel vdub)

    <rant>  Why is this such and issue?  Duplicates only appear when the user imports the same content multiple times. </rant>

     

    If you have 8,000 + songs, do you think it's possible that there are duplicates in there? e.g. Beatles songs, buy a release album = copy 1; buy the anthology collection = copy 2; buy some kind of compilation = copy 3; get a live album = cpy 4.. some of those may be true dulicates, others are alternate versions which I want to keep. The display dups feature let me browse a list of ONLY duplicates and then make my decisions from there. <<that's just an example, don't need opinions about Beatles music>>

     

    Granted, sorting all songs by name works, but if you have to try to pick out a few dups among 5,000 files it's easy to miss some. Display Duplicates was a much more effective method.

     

    Besides, the 'Display Duplicates' feature took up all of 1 line in the file menu... why remove it??? ...UI designers: please don't remove our features just to improve your perceived job security... that what innovation is for.

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