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Delete Your iTunes Duplicates

Posted By Kevin On January 12, 2011 @ 12:30 PM In Multimedia | Comments Disabled

I’ve got a lot of music in my iTunes library – I’m talking thousands and thousands of songs from just about every kind of artist out there.

But keeping it all organized is giving me a real headache – especially when it comes to file duplicates. It can happen any number of ways. Maybe I ripped a CD twice, accidentally. Maybe I just added it to my library more than once. Whatever the case, today we’re going to learn how to remove all the duplicates from your iTunes library.

First, open up iTunes. Here’s a screenshot to show an example of my duplicates.

All you need to do is go to File>Display Duplicates at the top.

The library window in iTunes will then display all of the known duplicates in your library. Now, here comes the tedious part. Hold CTRL on your keyboard and click each duplicate song in your list. When you’re satisfied with your selections, either hit your Delete key or click Edit>Delete on the toolbar.

Note: This removes duplicate entries from your iTunes library, only, and not from your hard drive.

To keep from getting overwhelmed, I recommend doing this in phases (select duplicates from an artist, hit Delete and move to the next one).

It’ll take some time, but you’ll end up with a much cleaner iTunes library in the end!

~Andrew


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