3 Top Duplicate Music Finder Methods

How to Find and Remove Duplicate Music from your Computer.

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Find and remove duplicate music from your computer


Music, music everywhere and why is it all the same? If you find yourself with loads of duplicate tracks on your computer or iTunes, you are in the right place.

Files can be duplicated for many reasons, and if you don't keep on top of managing them, they can be a pain in the bum to get rid of. Removing duplicate music from your computer can keep your libraries tidy and also free up a lot of space on your computer.

This article provides 3 different duplicate music finders that you can use to easily find and remove duplicates from your computer.

Here are the three methods reviewed:

iTunes and Apple Music - Duplicate Music Finder

First up is Apple's own implementation. If you have duplicate tracks listed in iTunes or Apple Music (Apple Music is iTunes' replacement on macOS Catalina and higher), you can be listening to the same song multiple times in the same list - this can be pretty annoying.

iTunes and Apple Music provide a feature where it will list these duplicate songs for you. Though it doesn't provide any filters to help choose the best file to delete (see Method 2 for automatic selection of the best tracks to keep), you can then go through and remove the ones you don't want at your leisure - Here's how:

  1. Open iTunes / Apple Music.
  2. Go to File > Library > Show Duplicate Items.
    iTunes duplicate music finder
  3. Select the tracks you wish to delete.
  4. Right-click > Delete from library.
Delete duplicate tracks in iTunes

Summary (iTunes / Apple Music):

✔ Use directly within iTunes / Apple Music
✔ Easy to Use
✘ No automatic duplicate selection


Tune Sweeper - Duplicate Music Finder

So, we have seen that we can use Apple's software directly to find and remove duplicate music. However, which tracks do you pick to remove? Should you listen to each one to pick the best before deleting?

If you are having this issue, or if you have a large number of duplicates that you simply don't have time to examine and delete, you need a tool to help you.

Tune Sweeper is your one-stop tool for iTunes management (and it's also compatible with the Apple Music app). You have absolute control of how duplicates are found, and which are deleted. Tune Sweeper provides the ability to find duplicates based on Artist, Album, Track #, Track Count and Time Difference, so you can find only the tracks that you need to remove.

As well as finding duplicates, it intelligently allows you to remove duplicates based on preferences like "Highest Quality", "Longest Duration", and "Latest Added" - this can cut your time managing your library drastically. Here's how:

  1. Open Tune Sweeper.
  2. Click "Search for Duplicates".
  3. Select tracks to remove by using the checkboxes, or using the selection preferences.
  4. Hit "Remove Duplicates".
Find and remove duplicate tracks with Tune Sweeper
Tune Sweeper - Duplicate Music Finder
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Tune Sweeper also boasts loads of other helpful features like downloading missing artwork to your albums, fixing track information, and deleting track entries which are no longer available on your computer.

Summary (Tune Sweeper):

✔ Quick and Easy
✔ User-friendly interface
✔ Automatic duplicate selection based on your preferences
✔ Free trial
✔ Other iTunes clean-up features
✔ For use with iTunes


Duplicate Sweeper - Duplicate Music Finder

The final method I want to bring to your attention is Duplicate Sweeper. Up until this point we have looked at how to find and delete duplicates from iTunes - but what if your duplicate tracks aren't in iTunes?

Duplicate Sweeper can find and remove duplicate files from your computer, whether they be photos, files, music etc. Here's how:

  1. Open Duplicate Sweeper.
  2. Add the folder/s that you wish to search for duplicates.
  3. Hit "Start Duplicate Search".
  4. Select which duplicates to keep, using the tick boxes or the "Keep Newest/Oldest" preferences.
  5. Click "Recycle Selected Duplicates".
Find and remove duplicate music with Duplicate Sweeper
Duplicate Sweeper - Duplicate Music Finder
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Summary (Duplicate Sweeper):

✔ Quick and Easy
✔ User-friendly interface
✔ Automatic duplicate selection based on your preferences
✔ Free trial
✔ Find and remove files and photos as well as music


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