7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2014 1:43 PM by sirguitarist
ClayG Level 4 (1,415 points)

I recently purchased the Beatles Box Set from iTunes and, for some reason, two of every song and video in the set ended up on the iPad. There are not duplicate copies on iTunes on my Mac. I tried deleting all of the duplicates right from the iPad, but they came back the next time I synced. Any ideas why this has happened and how to remedy it short of deleting all music and resyncing?

MacBook Pro late 2008, 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.7.2), iPhone 4, Apple TV 2, Time Capsule
  • Dom Hirst Level 1 (95 points)

    Click on the music option on your iPad in iTunes, click file, and display duplicates, you can then delete the duplicates. But ensure in the summary section in iTunes for you iPad that the 'manually manage music and songs' option is checked

  • ClayG Level 4 (1,415 points)

    Thanks, but I'm quite sure that the "display duplicates" function is available only in iTunes on the Mac or PC and not on the iPad itself. Since the duplicates do not appear in iTunes on my Mac (where the music is synced from), this solution won't work for me. Additionally, I want to maintain automatic syncing rather than managing my music manually. I've been doing this and purchasing albums for a couple of years now and have never had this problem until now. I suspect it may have something to do with Automatic Downloads.


    Any other ideas anyone?

  • Dom Hirst Level 1 (95 points)

    That's what I mean, on iTunescon your mac or pc, and I'm pretty sure that you have to manually manage music to delete it without its re syncing back to you iPad, or try deleting the duplicates on iTunes (on your pc/mac) from the iPad music tab

  • ClayG Level 4 (1,415 points)

    The duplicates do not appear in iTunes on my Mac--only on the iPad--so there are no duplicates delete in iTunes. Also, the same music is synced to my iPhone, but without the duplicates. Anyone else have any ideas?

  • cicerogirl Level 1 (145 points)

    I have the same problem and, like you, do NOT want to have to manually manage music on the iPad!

  • pcrichard Level 1 (0 points)

    I just had this problem (two songs on an album duped on iPad only, Mac library fine). I deleted them straight from the iPad in album view (touching down on the songs and sliding left then selecting the red delete button). I have synced again and the duplicates have not reappeared so I think have fixed it. Fingers crossed!

  • sirguitarist Level 1 (0 points)

    I had this problem too and discovered, at least for my case, that the presence of the documentary on each album was the cause. You can have the complete "mini documentaries" and the Live At Washington with no problem, but not the individual documentaries for each album. I assume this is because of a metadata oversight that sees them as both part of the individual album and part of the box set. It shows "complete my album" at the bottom of each album's track list either way, but I can live with that. Hope this helps...