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Deleted duplication's with Windows Explorer

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May 18, 2013 12:11 PM

Over a long period and several computers I collected a vast number of duplications of my music files.  They are all in G:\Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\ etc. folder.  I have been trying to clear them out by finding a duplication going to it in Windows Explorer and deleteing every duplication within that folder.  This, however, does not delete the duplicate listing within iTunes, it just comes up as "...the original file could not be found...."  Is there any way to update my iTunes listing without replacing the entire music library file?


If I must replace the entire music library file, is there any way to retain the information in my playlists?  The play list issue, it seems to me, is that while I still have A copy of a particular song, if I have deleted the original on which the playlist is based, updating it in any way will probably delete that song from the playlist even if I have another identical copy.


Any suggestions?


Rob Monroe

iPod classic (120 GB), Windows 7, Managing iTunes Library
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,910 points)
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    May 18, 2013 2:57 PM (in response to RobMonroe)

    Normally I'd start with this...


    Use Shift > View > Show Exact Duplicate Items as this is normally a more useful selection. You need to manually select all but one of each group to remove. If you have multiple references to the same files then don't send to the recycle bin. Use my DeDuper script if you don't want to do it by hand, or want to preserve ratings, play counts and playlist membership. See this thread for background and please take note of the warning to backup your library before deduping.


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


    ...but the the current implementation won't cope with the missing files that you've removed by hand. I've planned a rewrite that will merge playlists and playcounts when some of a set of duplicates are missing, but at least one can be found, however there always seem to be other uses for my time. What ought to work however would be to fix the broken links first with my FindTracks script, then use the DeDuper script as above.




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