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Tune Sweeper finds duplicates but does not remove any from iTunes (or the Music app).

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Tune Sweeper supports iTunes as well as the Mac Music app. Where "iTunes" is mentioned in this guide, the same applies for the macOS Music app too.

If Tune Sweeper detects duplicate songs but then fails to remove them from iTunes after you have clicked 'Remove Duplicates', please check that you're using the latest software version by going to Help -> Check for Updates in the software. Alternatively, you can update the software from here...

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Troubleshooting tips

Please also make the following checks:

1. Ensure you have read/write permissions for the music files on your system. If the music files are read-only Tune Sweeper will not be able to remove them from your system.

2. Ensure that the files you are attempting to remove from your iTunes library are not items stored in iCloud (tracks with the cloud symbol next to them) as Tune Sweeper will not be able to remove those items.

3. On a Windows PC, please run Tune Sweeper with additional permissions as administrator. To do this right click on the Tune Sweeper icon either on your desktop or in your programs folder. Select 'Properties' and then go to the 'Compatibility' tab. On here please select to 'Run this program as an administrator'. Once done press 'Apply' and then 'OK'. Please then re-launch Tune Sweeper and try again.

Run Tune Sweeper as administrator for additional permissions

iTunes requires administrator privileges to run. If your iTunes icon has an administrator shield on it and Windows asks for permission to run Tune Sweeper when you run it, then iTunes has been installed for administrator. This being the case, you need to run Tune Sweeper with administrator privileges also.

4. If you're using macOS Mojave or Catalina, please try setting permissions as below and then running Tune Sweeper. To do this please follow the steps below:

  • Open System Preferences > Security & Privacy > click the Privacy tab.
  • Scroll down to "Full Disk Access", click it
  • Click the lock to make changes > click the "+" button
  • Then find and add Tune Sweeper.
Setting full disk access for an app on Mac

Attempting to remove duplicates on iCloud?

Selecting iCloud items to remove. Ensure that the files you are attempting to remove from your iTunes library are not items just stored on iCloud (tracks with the cloud symbol next to them) as Tune Sweeper will not be able to remove those items.

Still Failing to remove duplicates?

Once Tune Sweeper has completed the remove process and is reporting errors, click "View Details" to see a report why each of the tracks failed to be removed from Tune Sweeper. This report may provide clues as to why tracks are not being removed.

If you require assistance reading these logs, you may save the log to your computer and then contact our support team at:

Publisher: Wide Angle Software
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