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jacrice Level 1 Level 1

I have a library of over 9K songs but when I imported them, each song was duplicated. How do I get rid of them in an easy way? Free would be great too!



  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3

    Try this


    How to find and remove duplicate items in your iTunes library


    However, the Apple KBase seems to be experiencing some issues right now, perhaps try later.

  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5

    Would sorting by Dated Added help at all in this instance? If all else fails, there's this:

  • bigturnip Level 1 Level 1

    If it's the article I found earlier (I don't know for sure because KB is down) when I was having the same problem then it doesn't work for libraries imported in one go, because it relies on using 'Date Added' to distinguish between the duplicates.


    My problem was down to having playlist files for each album, assuming your problem is the same, then in the end I just deleted the whole library, trashed any playlists from the folders (use finder to find all .m3u files), then import files to the library, put back the .m3u files from trash.

  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3

    I still have access to KBase



    You may sometimes see an item displayed more than once in your iTunes library. To find and remove all items that show up more than once in your library, follow the steps below.

    Products Affected

    iTunes 9, iTunes 8 for Mac, iTunes 7 for Windows, iTunes 8 for Windows, iTunes 7 for Mac OS X

    1. Choose File > Display Duplicates to show duplicate items (matches are based on the song name and artist). If you have multiple versions of the same song (for example, live and studio versions, or versions from different albums) you can hold the Alt or Option key (for Mac OS X) or the Shift key (for Windows) and choose File > Display Exact Duplicates. This will show only duplicate songs having the same name, artist, and album.

    2. Sort by the date you added the song to iTunes by clicking the Date Added column.

    3. To delete the older items: click on the item with the oldest date, hold down the Shift key, and click on the older item next to the most current date. Then delete the duplicate items by choosing Edit > Delete.

    Note: If you have the same content synced with another computer, you will need to make sure that you replace the older content with the newer content in your library.

  • satyafrombangalore Level 1 Level 1

    Hi, you can always follow the steps to remove duplicate items from your library.

    how to find and remove duplicate items in your itunes library



  • TaylorN90 Level 3 Level 3

    That's the article that I provided twice above

  • bigturnip Level 1 Level 1

    Yep, it's the one I was thinking of, it won't work for the OP as they imported their library in one go so the 'Date Added' field can't be used to distinguish between duplicates.  The conclusion I came to was it's either a matter of going through track by track, buying a paid app (somebody posted one above), or deleting the library and starting again.

  • DCGoD Level 1 Level 1

    In case anyone is still searching the web for a quick FREE easy way to accomplish deleting duplicates in the event you either dragged the same albums into your iTunes folder OR you imported using .m3u's, and you cannot delete using the Date Sort Method, simply open up a finder window and navigate to your iTunes folder, search for "1.mp3" and this will return results for all the duplicate named files in your entire folder since iTunes does nothing more than rename the file the original name plus a 1 or 2+(if you have more than 1 dupe). Make sure you dont have track names that end with 1.mp3 2.mp3, etc. (I had none). Good luck, hope this helps someone else out. Saved me from sorting through 1,600+ files.


    (example: greatsong.mp3 gets renamed


    greatsong2.mp3(if it was duped twice, and so on))

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9

    Perhaps this thread will prove useful.



  • zacone Level 1 Level 1

    I tried the software that auotmates it for you, it also cleans up your iTunes library for you automatically..


    I found it at a website called I liked it, and it seemed to do the trick just fine to me..



    Doing this job manually just *****.. Why anyone would want to spend tons of time trying to do this manually is beyond me.. Specially when you can have it done automatically...

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9

    I suspect the OP got sorted out, it was nearly a year ago after all... There's also the free script I wrote called DeDuper whose genesis is described in this thread and which is designed not be too radical with your library.



  • belfastrunner Level 1 Level 1

    There is a useful article which compares different ways of removing iTunes duplicates (with or without the use of iTunes):  Remove iTunes Duplicates

  • juicebox_jackson Level 1 Level 1

    @DCGoD, this is the way I wish I had thought of first!  Much easier than running some secondary program!!

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9

    So after you cull the files by searching and deleting you will be left with a whole bunch of broken links in iTunes. Do you delete these by hand, trash & reimport your library or run a secondary program for that task? How is that easier than using a single tool designed for the job?



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