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  • killian0007 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I keep my music on an extral hard drive and just had to setup my iTunes on my new laptop. I thought I was very carefully when doing so but someone I needed up with over 25,000 songs duplicated. What program from your site is the best to use? And will it remove them from my hard-drive as well?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    killian0007 wrote:

     

    I keep my music on an extral hard drive and just had to setup my iTunes on my new laptop. I thought I was very carefully when doing so but someone I needed up with over 25,000 songs duplicated. What program from your site is the best to use? And will it remove them from my hard-drive as well?

     

    The DeDuper script is designed to scan for exact duplicates and clean out redundant entries in the database and, where appropriate, the physical files connected to removed entries. If you read through the opening pages of this thread you'll see I've gone into detail regarding the different types of duplicates that can arise and how they ought to be treated, however it only works with files that are connected to iTunes. If, for example, you have managed to generate duplicate copies of each file in their respective folders, with only some of  these being show in iTunes, then everything would need to be imported into the library before my script could work on it.

     

    Please take note of the warning to backup your library before use.

     

    tt2

  • deborahfromflint Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    HI there, first let me say I've spent time in your wonderful city, as well as, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.  Beautiful country.

     

    Back to business. So I downloaded DeDuper and ran the program and now I have a playlist named exact duplicates which processed 4,426 tracks and 2,082 were deleted. I deleted the exact duplicates playlist, But when I go run the program again, they're still there.

     

    What am I doing wrong?

     

    Thx Debbieon the other side of the ocean.

  • kpedersen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Very interesting utility. However I get an error message stating "there was an error deleting file...". I have tried on two seperat computers with completely different itunes libraries. Both are Windows 8 with all patches, and both have the newest iTunes 11.0.2.26. The duplicate songs are correctly removed from the library but not from the file system. The file system is an internal drive in laptops. Can it be because my itunes media library on both computers are on a D: partition? I.e. in D:\Musik\iTunes\iTunes Media. Any other suggestions? Thanks

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    I'm guessing that the fact that your music folder is called Musik means your system isn't running in English. The file deletion routine invokes commands from the right-click context menu as this seems to be the only way to have deleted files go to the recycle bin. In English the command appears as Delete, with the D underlined since it is also a keyboard shortcut. The text the script looks for is "&Delete"

     

    To make it work for you we need to change line 491

     

         If File.Verbs.Item(I).Name="&Delete" Then

     

    so that it includes your local word for delete from Windows Explorer's context menu, with the & placed before the character that is underlined.

     

    I recommend Notepad++ for editing scripts.

     

    tt2

  • dclubb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was looking for a solution regarding this issue and I found it in this article: iTunes – Delete Duplicates. Indeed there are endless resources regarding this issue and none of them worked for me. The tool referenced in the above article can remove duplicate songs not only from iTunes, but from your entire computer. It performs real audio analysis and can find similar songs even if they are not marked with tags. I strongly recommend this tool as it was th only one of this type that really works. There is a free demo available and the tool costs just about 20 bucks.

  • kpedersen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    tt2, thank you. That worked. In Danish it is "Sle&t"

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    Great... I shall try to incorporate that into the script.

     

    tt2

  • ryanfromalabaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Your DeDuper script is stellar!  Thanks for putting it out there. 

    I do have an issue though.  I select display exact duplicates and itunes shows 1948 songs out of 17123 that I have stored total.  I select all the tracks, and run DeDuper using "Process tracks automatically", which comes back with 53 physical duplicates and 932 alternate duplicates.  I press "Yes" in the script to delete automatically, but Itunes pops up with a warning "Are you sure you want to delete this copy of the selected item?" with an option to also hide this item in iCloud.  I select "Delete Item", the file deletes, and then it pops up again for the next file.  Surely I don't have to click this dialog 932 times.  I've tried to find a way to turn off the confirmation but have not been successful.  Any ideas?

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    Edit > Preferences > Store > Untick Show iTunes in the Cloud purchases, try again.

     

    I really do need to find time to fix it in the script...

     

    tt2

  • ryanfromalabaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I unticked "Show Itunes in the Cloud purchases", and also tried "Hide Music in the Cloud" under the view menu, but I still get the dialog.  Regardless, your script still makes it SO much easier.  I might just relent and start clicking away at itunes dialog this weekend with a cold beverage. 

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    Hmm, may help to close & reopen iTunes. Would you have ripped something you once purchased at better quality from CD? I suspect you're only getting that prompt from purchased/protected tracks that appear as dupes, but of course if that is most of them then that's a drag.

     

    tt2

  • ryanfromalabaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah - I rebooted the machine after the change.  Its no biggie really.  I can click the dialog 900+ times sometime this weekend.  Its definitely not something caused by your script.  If it matters I'm using itunes 11.0.2.25 under win7 x64. 

    I'm not going to uninstall and reinstall just to get itunes to behave like it should on just these boxes.  It is what it is for some reason.  icloud is running in the tray but i don't think that would have anything to do with it.  No worries - thanks for the excellent script!

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (56,240 points)

    Well the only thing I can think of is that you've managed to download your purchases more than once or somehow physically copied and reimported them into your library. I'd have to run some tests which I'm not set up to do where I am now, but there may be a faster way to eliminate those by showing only purchased tracks in a smart playlist, sorting on date added, and then shift-deleting the more recent imports. (As long as you don't need the playlist/playcount merging features of the script).

     

    tt2

  • ryanfromalabaster Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That is possible.  I'll play around with it and try exploring it a bit with smart playlists.  Thanks for the tip.

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