3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2013 6:34 AM by Jimzgoldfinch
Rxbcbailey Level 1 (0 points)

I have both manually in finder (in music folder on ext HDD), manually in iTunes, and have run Araxis duplicate finder multiple times. When I have gone thru 120+ gigs of music (whole family's) folder by folder, I make sure itunes isn't running. Then I open and sync. There's roughly 18,000 songs, videos, iTunes Extra stuff (moving itunes extra stuff and videos to another folder). But iTunes Match says I have 13,000 + songs but I would say 1/3 or more are marked duplicates. How do I get those to clear out. There is no other copy of a song on my hard drive. I even took off the copy to iTunes folder and organize files because that's where I have found duplicates occur. Or do I delete the whole library (library file) and start from scratch. My song counts are off too. I got a MacBook Pro and an Air and somehow the counts and last played also are screwy because I listen to my iPhone or iPad every night as I sleep.


Thanks in advance

MacBook Pro with Retina display, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 (7,120 points)


    I cannot give you answer to all your issues but I'll make suggestions about iTunes Match.


    Firstly, if you should add iCloud status to your song view. Go menu > view > view options and tick iCloud status. This field will tell you the tracks that have been matched, uploaded, purchased, duplicate, inelligible or waiting.


    You can then examine specifically those tracks marked duplicate, inelligible or waiting.


    Duplicate is usually shown if match believes you already have that exact track in your library. If they are not try selecting track then ctrl click and select add to cloud.


    Inelligible tracks - why? Must be music file 96 Kbps or greater or music video purchased from iTunes Store. Other will show inelligible.


    Waiting - means tracks have not been matched or uploaded. Why are they still waiting - could be a problem with file.





  • Rxbcbailey Level 1 (0 points)

    I've done all of that. I keep the 2 iCloud colums always on my main screen but not in playlists.


    On a different computer I'm running Araxis because I found an unnamed folder on my desktop ext HDD.


    I imported them into iTunes under the same ID as this laptop. I have a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. This is on my Air.


    There's at least a minimum of 3+ copies of each song. I don't have iTunes open on it since running Araxis, but it did an iTunes Match and my nicely somewhat clean library on my Pro is now looking bad. But Match says I have 16,XXX songs....on my Pro.


    Do I just need to clean up my MB Air Files and then iTunes and Match will be cleaned up too??


    Is there a way to merge the two libraries into one since they are on 2 different hard drives. Just use home sharing??

  • Jimzgoldfinch Level 5 (7,120 points)


    Suggest that you use home sharing to transfer files that are not on your MacBook Pro from the Air. Once you've got them all on the MacBook Pro allow to up date.


    Next use iTunes Match to show those with an Icloud Status as "duplicate". If you are happy that they are duplicates, delete them from your library. Next use iTunes to find exact duplicates. Under menu > view > you will see find duplicates - if you hold option key this will change to "find exact duplicates". You can now delete appropriate version.