1. macnkat's Avatar
    Here I am, another former Crackberry abuser :o who has seen the error of my ways, but now I have to deal with iTunes...which I have always had a distaste for. I really dislike the proprietary issue with the Apple only format (but I understand that is changing) and I really hate the way iTunes duplicates all my music for some reason! How do I get rid of all the duplicates and stop it from importing all my music when I want it to just bring in NEW songs?
    03-15-2009 11:46 AM
  2. jamesus's Avatar
    In iTunes:

    File - Show Duplicates
    03-15-2009 12:05 PM
  3. Rene Ritchie's Avatar

    Just to reassure you, Apple doesn't use any proprietary formats. It uses AAC for music, which is the linear successor for MP3, allowing for bookmarking, multiple art, and arguably better quality at smaller sizes. Many other devices and programs use AAC as well (even Zune!). iTunes will also convert to MP3 for legacy apps/hardware if you need it to.

    For video, Apple uses MP4 H.264, which is becoming increasingly common as it's used by Blu-Ray and other recent video players/systems.

    iTunes DRM is proprietary to Apple videos (music is now DRM-free), but that's the fault of the myopic movie industry and Amazon, Netflix, etc. all suffer the same burden for their DRM.

    You may be experiencing duplicates for a couple reasons:

    1. You've dragged the same file into iTunes more than one time.
    2. You've set in preferences for iTunes to copy music to its location, and then manage music.

    The simplest way to avoid this is only add a song to iTunes once, and if you're copying it, delete the original copy from its location immediately thereafter.

    Once you've already go duplicates, Jamesus advice above is the way to go.
    03-15-2009 12:19 PM
  4. macnkat's Avatar
    In iTunes:

    File - Show Duplicates
    Is that showing just the duplicates? WOW, it's worse than I thought.
    03-15-2009 12:28 PM
  5. jamesus's Avatar
    Is that showing just the duplicates? WOW, it's worse than I thought.
    Yes, but I always double check before mass deletions!
    03-15-2009 10:21 PM