What to consider when choosing a duplicate file to remove from iTunes
There are a number of different things to consider when choosing a duplicate file to remove. Luckily, Tune Sweeper provides all the help you need to make an informed decision. Let's take a look:
Keep Selection Preference
Using the "Keep Selection Preference" box on the left hand side of the Tune Sweeper window you can select which tracks to keep based on the highest quality, longest duration, last added to iTunes or last date played.
For example, selecting "Highest Quality" in the Keep Selection Preference box will instruct Tune Sweeper to automatically select all the tracks in each group for removal, except for the track with the highest bitrate.
Note: If you change the Selection Preference while the result of a group search is being displayed, all groups are changed, even those that do not form part of the search.
Preview Tracks to find the best
To help with your selection, you can play back music in Tune Sweeper. Simply select the track you want to hear in the duplicates list by clicking on it and then click the "Preview" button.
Alternatively, double click on the track in the duplicates list to start the preview. The track will stop playing if you change the track selection in the duplicate list, if you click the "Preview" button again or if the track finishes playing.
Keeping groups of duplicates
You may decide that you do not want to delete any tracks from a particular group. In this case you can check the "Ignore this group" checkbox in that group. Groups ignored are greyed out.
When this box is checked Tune Sweeper will not remove any tracks from iTunes that belong in that group.
If a group contains a missing track, that track will be highlighted with an exclamation mark as shown below...
A missing track is one that is listed in iTunes but whose associated music file is no longer available on the computer hard drive.
Tune Sweeper will always remove these tracks from your iTunes library. You will not be able to select or deselect the remove checkbox for tracks that are missing. Tune Sweeper will never automatically select a missing track to keep either.
See 'Missing Tracks' for more details on listing and removing missing tracks with Tune Sweeper.
If a track is in your iCloud, that track will have a cloud icon as shown below...
Regardless of search criteria, these will always be marked as the track to be kept over non-cloud tracks. You can manually select to remove these if desired.