How to Select Duplicate Tracks To Keep or Remove

Selecting Tracks to Keep

Once you have a list of duplicate groups, you need to select which tracks in each group you want to remove from iTunes and which ones you want to keep.

You can now select which tracks in each group to remove by checking the checkbox next to the track. Tracks marked for removal are highlighted red.

Keep selection preference
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.

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.

Keep selection preference

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.

Previewing Tracks

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.

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.

Ignoring Groups

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 grayed out.

Ignoring groups

When this box is checked Tune Sweeper will not remove any tracks from iTunes that belong in that group. You can check the "Ignore" boxes in all of the currently listed groups by selecting "Ignore All Groups Listed" from the "Groups" menu.

Missing Tracks

If a group contains a missing track, that track will be highlighted with an exclamation mark as shown below...

Missing track

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.

iCloud Tracks

If a track is in your iCloud, that track will have a cloud icon as shown below...

iCloud Tracks

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.