1. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    It seems that every time I update my itunes, it reloads my song library and leaves me with over a thousand duplicated songs. Does anyone know the best way to deal with this? I am sick of spending the hours that it takes to go through and delete all of the duplicates.

    Has anyone else had this happen?
    02-11-2009 12:31 PM
  2. jamesus's Avatar
    Try File>Show Duplicates.
    02-11-2009 01:17 PM
  3. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Try File>Show Duplicates.
    I know how to see the duplicates, but I have 4,500 songs in my library, and going through and deleting all of the duplicates is annoying and extremely time consuming.
    02-11-2009 01:24 PM
  4. jamesus's Avatar
    Hmmm...maybe this has some useful tips in it:

    Fast way to remove thousands of duplicates from iTunes? | Ask Metafilter
    02-11-2009 03:40 PM
  5. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Ok, So for future reference...

    If you have a situation like mine and you find your itunes over flowing with duplicates after some form of update or something else here is the best way to clear it up. Don't try to do it by hand, it takes forever, and you may end up deleting a song that is not a "duplicate" and just another version of the song you have (live recording for example).

    If your situation is like mine, and these duplicates show up for no apparent reason one day, go to view, click view options and make sure that "date added" is checked. Go back to your itunes library and click the date added tab. This should bring all of these newly added duplicate songs right to the top to be easily selected as a group and deleted. Hope this saves someone the amount of time I wasted!
    02-11-2009 07:14 PM
  6. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    And thanks jamesus for the help! I would give you some rep, but its telling me I need to spread the love around a little first. Much obliged.
    02-11-2009 07:15 PM
  7. Txdogs's Avatar
    Great tip and what a pain. When I had the Blackberry Storm for a 'whole entire' week, it did the same thing. I never could figure out the issue but fortunately I did not have a gazzilion songs either!
    02-11-2009 09:46 PM
  8. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Great tip and what a pain. When I had the Blackberry Storm for a 'whole entire' week, it did the same thing. I never could figure out the issue but fortunately I did not have a gazzilion songs either!
    Yeah, having 4,500 songs is great until something like this happens. You never reilize how many random/pointless songs you have until something forces you to go through all of them...

    A week from tomorrow I get my iphone and then I have the pleasure of going through my music once again to figure out what makes the cut. I really wish the 32GB was here now!
    02-12-2009 12:23 AM
  9. jamesus's Avatar
    Yeah, having 4,500 songs is great until something like this happens. You never reilize how many random/pointless songs you have until something forces you to go through all of them...
    I have over 17,000. You have no idea how many of mine are random!!!
    02-12-2009 12:36 AM
  10. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    I have over 17,000. You have no idea how many of mine are random!!!
    Dear lord man!

    I don't even wanna know whats on your ipod!!
    02-12-2009 01:44 AM
  11. Txdogs's Avatar
    All I can say is WOW and when the heck do you have time to listen to them all?
    02-12-2009 07:13 AM
  12. jamesus's Avatar
    Dear lord man!

    I don't even wanna know whats on your ipod!!
    Pretty much everything!

    All I can say is WOW and when the heck do you have time to listen to them all?
    I listen to music all day long, and I get sick of stuff very easily.
    02-12-2009 10:04 AM
  13. JustinHorn's Avatar
    Wow, I thought I had a lot coming in at just under 6,000.
    02-12-2009 10:11 AM
  14. jamesus's Avatar
    And I've seen people with waaaaay more than me.
    02-12-2009 10:13 AM
  15. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Well, if you have not heard it yet, you should check out the new Umphrey's McGee CD called Mantis. It is unreal! I suggest adding it to your 17,000,000 songs!
    02-12-2009 10:25 AM
  16. jamesus's Avatar
    Well, if you have not heard it yet, you should check out the new Umphrey's McGee CD called Mantis. It is unreal! I suggest adding it to your 17,000,000 songs!
    Added to my download list!
    02-12-2009 10:46 AM
  17. Nellybelly333's Avatar
    Added to my download list!
    Tell me what you think when you get it! Its gonna rock your socks offfff
    02-12-2009 11:00 AM
  18. fantast's Avatar
    You can try Clone Remover.
    This is website www moleskinsoft com
    07-11-2010 05:10 AM
  19. noaim's Avatar
    thats a great tip I have never had songs duplicate in itunes but if I do now I know what to do thanks a lot
    07-11-2010 03:48 PM
  20. Ariyala's Avatar
    Ahhhhh great topic!! I have a few duplicates & this will help!! Thanks!!

    PS..One day, I hope to have as much music as you, Jamesus!!
    07-11-2010 03:50 PM
  21. antony09#IM's Avatar
    Quick search for file duplicates by their contents no matter what their file names are. It is Duplicate Finder. The utility will help you to save your time. Convenient tools for managing search results: deleting, copying, moving found files. Free download and try it.

    Clone Remover 2011: Duplicate File Remover to Find & Delete Same Files,mp3,iTunes,iPod,Image
    10-28-2011 06:46 AM
  22. Rockdog97's Avatar
    what causes these songs to be duplicated in the first place?
    10-30-2011 08:26 PM
  23. kellygas's Avatar
    i'm facing the same dilemma regarding duplicates and had enough. i'd like to suggest the tool that works for me, its called "Duplicate Files Deleter" and uses md5 seaching which is effective.. i've been using it for awhile to hunt down and delete those duplicates, hope it helps...
    03-13-2013 09:00 PM
  24. Cor-master's Avatar
    I had everything set up perfectly on my old HDD, then I upgraded. Now I reinstalled itunes, let it do its thing, and I'm finding it's duplicated my entire library of 75 gigs of music! Arghhh! I uninstalled it, reinstalled it, and it didn't even affect it!

    Overall I'm finding myself confused with the software, it's friggen hard to figure out. It always searches my whole computer, and I have my old drive hooked up, so I think that's causing the problem, it's seeing my new music folder on my new drive, and seeing the music folder on my old drive, and it's just adding all songs. Where is the option to not search the whole drive and just select a music folder like every other player on the planet?

    Really could use some advice. My nano is the first apple product I've owned, and I love it other than dealing with iTunes.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Tapatalk 2
    03-29-2013 09:43 PM
  25. Young Godz's Avatar
    I used CopyTrans TuneTastic on my windows 8 to remove my iTunes library duplicates...
    06-13-2013 07:29 AM

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