2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 20, 2009 3:10 AM by wehutty
wehutty Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
I have somehow gotten two copies of over 5000 songs on iTunes in my laptop and am trying to get rid of these duplicates. I have done the shift.file.show exact duplicates procedute, but where do you go from here? Surely there is an easy way to delete these exact duplicate songs rather than have to delete them one by one.

HP, Windows XP
  • 1. Re: Mass Deleting of Exact Duplicate Songs
    Zevoneer Level 9 Level 9 (52,700 points)
    Did this duplication just happen today or recently on a date that you can pinpoint? Right click at the top of any column in your library and from the list choose Date Added. Click at the top of the column and sort it to bring the latest dates to the top. If you did it today all your duplicates should have today's date. Select all the tracks with today's date and delete them.

    You could also have a look at Teridon's iTunes Scripts, Robert has a script in there for dealing with duplicates which might be of some help: Teridon's iTunes for Windows Scripts

    Just note: The duplicate eliminator in Robert's scripts package only works for these two kinds of duplicates:
    1) Multiple copies of the exact same file (e.g. "Song.mp3" and "Song 1.mp3", where "Song 1.mp3" is simply a copy of Song.mp3
    2) Multiple entries in the iTunes Library for the exact same file.

    The script does nothing for duplicates that are the same song, but different files (e.g. encoded by someone else, has different artwork or other tags, etc.)

    There are also some third party programs out there, like "Dupe Eliminator" that might help in more complicated cases. If you do a quick web search I'm sure you'll find more: Dupe Eliminator
  • 2. Re: Mass Deleting of Exact Duplicate Songs
    wehutty Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    "Did this duplication just happen today or recently on a date that you can pinpoint? Right click at the top of any column in your library and from the list choose Date Added. Click at the top of the column and sort it to bring the latest dates to the top. If you did it today all your duplicates should have today's date. Select all the tracks with today's date and delete them."
    This worked. I had been playing with a program called Media Widget that lets you copy songs to iTones from an iPod and I had ended up creating a duplicate of every song in my library!
    Thanks greatly for the info!