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How to Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes 8

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hdomke Calculating status...
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Sep 17, 2008 3:42 AM
Is there an easy way to delete duplicate songs in iTunes 8?

A friend of mine with a large CD collection and I share music. The trouble is that in the process of exchanging music we have created quite a number of duplicates.

Is there a way to automate identifying and removing duplicate songs?
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), Benchmark DAC
  • pg-1000 Calculating status...
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    Sep 17, 2008 4:54 AM (in response to hdomke)
    Hello hdomke,

    Never noticed if this was on 7 or not, but when on your Library, click 'File', and you should get 'Show Duplicates'

    You should be able to select and delete them from there.
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  • limabeans Calculating status...
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    Sep 29, 2008 4:37 AM (in response to pg-1000)
    IS there any way to automate it? I have over a thousand duplicates. Takes a while doing it one by one.
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  • Young&Clueless8 Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2008 12:54 PM (in response to limabeans)
    After it shows all duplicates, Go to "Edit" and then "select all" then just hit "delete" and their all gone!
    Windows XP
  • strickland Calculating status...
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    Oct 9, 2008 7:51 AM (in response to Young&Clueless8)
    When I click File > Show Duplicates it displays files in two's - meaning the one I want to keep AND the duplicate. Doing a Select All would delete ALL of them, duplicates and originals.

    Is there an easy way to select every OTHER file?

    Or am I just completely missing this???
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  • SeaBeast Level 4 Level 4 (2,835 points)
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    Oct 9, 2008 8:02 AM (in response to strickland)
    hi,

    you aren't missing this. Show duplicates is NOT a tool to allow to simply select all and hit deleted. It is showing you the duplicates, one beside the other, to allow you to discriminate two songs having the same name but that may not be duplicate. For exemple, they may be two different version of a same song and that you want to keep them. For this reason, automated process are somehow risky to loose also song that you want to keep.

    however, if you still want to proceed with an automated script, you can find some at http://dougscripts.com/itunes/.

    Personnally, I would still discriminate duplicated songs manually by reviewing the list of "show duplicate" to avoid deletion of song I wish to keep. I also have a quite large library and found many songs having the same name and not being duplicates.
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  • Doug Adams Level 3 Level 3 (850 points)
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    Oct 10, 2008 5:56 AM (in response to Young&Clueless8)
    DO NOT SELECT ALL. "Show Duplicates" displays all instances of duplicates--there is no distinction between "original" and "duplicate". If you Select and Delete all the tracks in the Show Duplicates window you are throwing the babies out with the bath water.
    Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • SeaBeast Level 4 Level 4 (2,835 points)
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    Oct 10, 2008 10:39 AM (in response to Doug Adams)
    who would follow a young and clueless advice anyway... oups.
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