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This article goes through two different ways to delete duplicate songs from your iTunes library. A method for automatically removing duplicates using Tune Sweeper is described, as well as details of iTunes' own built-in duplicate search function.
If you have a lot of music duplicates in iTunes, it could take hours of analysing and listening to each track to decide with track to keep and which to delete. This is where Tune Sweeper could save your valuable time (and sanity).
Tune Sweeper provides the ability to select all duplicates to remove, and which to keep, in just a click of your mouse. You can chose to keep the tracks of Highest Quality, Longest Duration, Latest Added, Oldest Added or Latest Played.
Another advantage is that you can specify search criteria for Tune Sweeper to return strict duplicates (an exact file copy), or all tracks with a matching title. You can return a detailed search for duplicates by:
To delete duplicates from iTunes using Tune Sweeper, follow these steps...
Removing Duplicates is not the only thing Tune Sweeper can do though. The program will also allow you to fix missing or incorrect track information, download and fix your album artwork, and clean up your iTunes listings by removing songs with exclamation marks, or adding music from your hard drive which is not yet in iTunes.
iTunes also provides a basic way to find and get rid of duplicate music. However, unlike Tune Sweeper, you're unable to configure your duplicate search or remove your duplicates automatically based on your preferences. Removing duplicates with iTunes itself can be very time consuming if you have a large library, or if you have multiple duplicates from different sources e.g. original, live version, extended version, radio edit etc. To use iTunes' own duplicate search function, launch iTunes and display your music library by songs by clicking the Songs header in the menu bar on the left of iTunes.
Now, you'll be able to find your duplicate songs. In the menu bar at the top of iTunes, go to File -> Library -> Show Duplicate Items. This option will display only duplicate tracks from your current iTunes library. If the duplicate pairs are not grouped together, you can click the Name column header to group them.
From here, you can simply click a track, or hold down the ctrl key while clicking multiple tracks to select them. Once you have made your selection, go to Song -> Delete to delete your selected music.