7 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2010 10:28 PM by Katrina S.
empty v Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
One day I open ITunes and see every entry is doubled. I checked the "Info" on a few and it is the same file for each double entry. I had not used ITunes for a while, so I don't recall doing anything to create this. What is the easiest way to straighten this out? I don't sync to anything. I do run a RAID system but I have for years without this issue. I have ver 9.0.2.25.

PC, Windows 7
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    Go into list view and right-click on the column headers. Make sure *Date Added* has a check mark next to it.



    Sort by Date Added. Those duplicate probably all got added on the same date somehow. Sorting by Date Added lets you click the top one and bottom one and delete them all at once, instead of one by one.



    Use Date Added with the *Show Duplicates* option.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1417



    Just be sure not to delete the actual file!
  • empty v Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank You Very Much Katrina.
    The numbers were not an exact half but very close. Itunes now shows 7293 items instead of 14076. I almost missed the "Keep Files" button, whew. The folder with all the actual files shows 7572 files. Something to look into another day.
    Thanks Again
    Mark
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    You're welcome! Yes, it pays to read what the PC has on its screen regarding keeping files or not!
  • macsnafu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I don't understand this response. How do you get rid of doubles?? I can follow the Date Added column stuff, but then what do you do? You said, "lets you click the top one and bottom one and delete them all at once, instead of one by one.Just be sure not to delete the actual file!" If you click the top one (do you mean track by "one"?) and the bottom one, that's both of them. If you delete them, they're both gone. Why do doubles suddenly appear? I was just trying to put them in the same order as the album and suddenly I have doubles. Boo hoo!
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    Usually the library is sorted by Artist, or perhaps Album column, and things are roughly alphabetical.
    Duplicates show up like



    Asong
    Asong
    Bsong
    Bsong
    Csong
    Csong
    ......
    Zsong
    Zsong



    Going through and choosing every other song is tedious. With sorting by Date Added, it looks more like this
    Asong
    Bsong
    Csong
    Zsong
    .......
    Asong <------ (top song, assuming this is the batch of duplicates you want to remove)
    Bong
    Csong
    Zsong <------(bottom song, another duplciate added on the same day)



    Just make sure you are getting rid of the one you really want to get rid of, and pay attention if you get asked whether to keep files or send ot recycle bin!


    Here is a similar apple article that as a different screenshot that may help you.
    <a class="jive-link-external-small" href="http://">http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2905
  • steelechr Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    What do you do if your dates are all the same? I had some trouble moving over my library to an extHD, and had to essentially start over. But now I have double of everything, all added the same day. Is there another way to sort them?

    Thanks!
    Christine
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    If you had to start over, there's really no reaon to go through itunes and remove the duplicates now.
    Just start over yet again with a brand-new library and re-add everything to itunes.



    Close itunes and delete the iTunes Library.itl file. Since itunes can't run without it, it will make a new one next time you start the program.


    Or you can do the shift-start if itunes and tell it to create a new library, but depending on your itunes preferences, that might make dupcliate files on your hard drive.