10 Replies Latest reply: Dec 13, 2010 9:01 PM by yurikiev
yurikiev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
iTunes software have created multiple files of the podcasts in the folder where they are.
Please help finding out why iTunes would do that?
How to remove duplicates? And..
How to keep iTunes to messing it up again?

The following solution does not address the issue. Since entries are recorded only one in iTunes while files have multiple copies in the folder.
How to find and remove duplicate items in your iTunes library. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2905

Windows 7
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    When I have gotten duplicate podcasts, it's been due to the podcast producer changing something in their feed.
    I'm not sure why you are getting duplicates, or if this happens on ALL podcasts or just one.



    You will need to look for the duplicate in Windows Explorer and delete them yourself. I suspect the new version are named something like podcast1.mp3 instead of just podcast.mp3.
    Do a right-click > show in windows explorer to make sure you are not deleting the file itunes is using.
  • yurikiev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    You have some insight here, but I need a little more input.
    As you say: podcasts are named with "2"s and "3"s at the end of filename. The latest number is the actively linked podcast (into iTunes database).
    Some podcasts have 2 copies and some have 3. I didn't trace a pattern.
    Podcasts across different publishers have copies, I think, but will need to check every podcast to speak for all.
    My suspicion, is that "library optimization" feature of iTunes made this copies, but I don't know yet.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    Not sure what you mean about "library optimization".


    For some reason itunes thinks you're not getting the podcast, so it downloads a new copy but names it with the 1,2,3 at the end.


    If there anything in your itunes/Downloads folder? That is where itunes temporarily stores podcast & store purchase downloads until they are fully received. Then it renames them and puts them in the correct podcast/artist folder. Seems like something is going wrong with this process.
  • yurikiev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for your reply!
    Ok, I meant File>Library>Organize library>Consolidate files (as "library optimization") which moves my files from c: drive to an external removable drive where iTunes content is located.
    There is nothing in the "itunes/Downloads folder".
    Also, 3 out of my several podcasts subscriptions suffered from duplicate content. So maybe your hypothesis holds true - that it is the publisher that messed something up.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    I've never had problems with "major" podcast producers like NPR, for example. Some podcasts from smaller shops have gotten messed up over time; probably they were on a learning curve and figured out how to do something better/differently. A few of them I noticed started using different episode numbering schemes for example, and I got a boatload of duplicates until they settled it down.



    edit
    You're not constantly consolidating your library, are you?
    Also - is your exHD ALWAYS connected before you start itunes, and does it ALWAYS have the same drive letter each time?
    WIndows might be changing its drive letter without telling you, when you plug in a camera card or even your ipod.
    I have my exHD assigned farther down in the alphabet, so there is never any conflict with new USB devices when I plug them in.

    Message was edited by: Katrina S.
  • yurikiev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The podcasts in question are: "TED videos", "Bestofyoutube" and "New York Animated cartoons" - all fairly solid podcasters. So it's really strange.

    Yeah, my exHD has a fixed letter down the alphabet but iTunes not always have access to it, hence the frequent consolidation.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    Ah, OK. I have also had problems with itunes & podcasts when I started itunes w/o the exHD connected.
    It starts downloading them automatically to the wrong drive.
    Then when the correct drive is there, it does it again.



    Don't know what to say except, never start itunes without the exhD connected.
    I actually have a library esp for the case when my laptop is nowhere near the exHD. I can still get to a lot of stuff, as it's also on the laptop's drive, but podcasts, movies, TV shows are only on the exHD.
  • Erin K Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I had this problem after I moved my iTunes library to an external drive. I got libraries everywhere. Once it even created a new library on the hard drive when the external drive was attached! I had closed the lid on the MacBook with iTunes running, and when I opened it again apparently iTunes woke up before the external drive did - so it started downloading stuff into a new library on my internal hard drive. Weak. It's a crazy mess. Now I basically have to quit iTunes every time I shut the lid.

    Also some of my podcasts (also "solid" ones - This American Life and RadioLab) changed things like the exact name of the podcast or the podcast URL. Apparently this is enough to create a new instance in iTunes.

    More tips are on this discussion (but my brain glazed over about halfway through): http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2617801&tstart=15

    I really wish iTunes would add "show duplicates" for podcasts, not just for music. The only way I know to fix this now is to manually delete the files and then go through the iTunes interface and wait for it to notice the file is missing (it's even willing to play the podcast from the trash, apparently!) and then fix that by hand. What a pain.
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    +Weak. It's a crazy mess. Now I basically have to quit iTunes every time I shut the lid.+
    Set your podcasts to not auto-download. That's the only way I've found around this mess, especially on my Mac. Once a day hit the "refresh" button at the bottom of the podcast window and it will update them all. You don't have to do them one-by-one. It's a lot simpler than what you're doing now, that's for sure.



    +(it's even willing to play the podcast from the trash, apparently!)+
    Macs are weird like that. Windows won't play them from the recycle bin.
  • yurikiev Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So what is the consensus on this iTunes+podcasts issue?

    To fix my problem I have applied the following labor intensive one-time solution:
    1. Used Duplicate Cleaner (www.digitalvolcano.co.uk/content/duplicate-cleaner) to identify and delete all the extra copies.
    2. Manually fixed the iTunes linking to those podcasts that went missing. Each individually in the "info" section.
    3. Got myself a stress relieving treat.
    4. Learned to get over the time wasted doing that.