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Arggh duplicates are driving me insane

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SteveF48 Calculating status...
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Feb 12, 2013 9:26 AM

iTunes has duplicated most of my music. Some tracks appear 8 times!

I asked itunes to automatically add music from My Music, but it ignored me. I then asked it to scan my music several times, but it deplayed messages saying that it had skipped files already in the library, but it appears that it added them again each time.

I'm obviously doing something wrong, but what.

There isn't a count of duplicates, but there are 108 screens full of them. I tried deleting duplicates manually, but now it says that it can't find the original files.

Can anyone eplain what has happened and how to fix it?



iPad, iOS 6.0.1
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,990 points)
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    Feb 12, 2013 11:05 AM (in response to SteveF48)

    First things first. Restore any media files you can find in your recycle bin.


    Depending on where your files are and the options under Edit > Preferences > Advanced there are ways of using Add Folder to Library in that can create multiple copies of the same file or multiple references to the same file. Depending on which type you duplicate is involved you may or may not need to preserve the file when trying to delete the duplicate entry in the library.


    If you restore the files from the bin, close then reopen iTunes you may find that you have repaired some of the broken links. I have a tool for cleaning duplicates but before you try that you should look at fixing the immediate problem. You should also backup your library in case anything else you try has unexpected consequences.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,990 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 3:24 PM (in response to SteveF48)

    If syncing no music, and then syncing what you want doesn't fix things then you'll probably have to backup & then restore the device.



  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,990 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 9:12 AM (in response to SteveF48)

    I was a trifle busy the other day and forgot to come back with more information. For the future or for anyone else looking to clean up the duplicates in iTunes here is a better process...



    Select the Songs view (or one of the List views) and use Shift > View > Show Exact Duplicates as this is normally a more useful selection. You need to manually select all but one of each duplicate group to remove. You also need to consider whether you have duplicate files or just duplicate entries in the database. In the first case you want to trash the files for the tracks you're deleting, but not in the second.


    You may prefer to use my DeDuper script if that sounds daunting. Please take note of the warning to backup your library before deduping. See this thread for background.


    (If you don't see the menu bar press ALT to show it temporarily or CTRL+B to keep it displayed)




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