Apple revolutionized the music industry with the revelation of the iPhone, which was both an iPod and a cell phone. Over the years, using its iconic iTunes software, Apple has surely improved our music listening experience. However, the one problem that still remains, a decade after the release of the iPhone, is that of duplicated songs.
It can be quite off-putting to your mojo when you’re on the treadmill, breaking your personal record, listening to your favorite album, only for the same song to play all over again, because two versions of it exist. This might be occurring because you forgot that you already bought a song from a non-iTunes service, only to buy it again from iTunes. You may have also copied music from external sources, and ended up with copies.
Whatever the case, your workout routine is just not as exciting when the same song repeats over and over again. Though, iTunes doesn’t automatically handle this problem, it does provide an easy and effective way for you to easily find and delete duplicates.
You can also download software to handle duplicates, but this is usually much more tedious. However, if you wish to use certain applications, besides iTunes to delete duplicate songs head on over to the bottom of this article to read more about it. Before we get started on how to handle duplicates using iTunes built-in process, make sure you’ve backed up your current music library. This is just a precaution to ensure that if something goes wrong during the duplicate deletion process, you won’t be without a backup.
Now let’s get started. Follow the instructions below to find and delete duplicate songs in iTunes,
1. Open Launchpad (shaped like a rocket ship on the bottom dock). A list of your applications will appear. Click on and open iTunes. You may also use the magnifying glass icon in the upper right corner of your screen to open Spotlight. Type in iTunes and launch iTunes.
2. On the upper left corner of iTunes, there will be a drop-down menu. Ensure that the menu is set to Music.
3. In the center of the application, click Library.
4. Click View on the menu bar and select All Music, if it isn’t already selected.
5. Click File, and scroll down to Library. A second window will open on the side. From this window, click Show Duplicate Items.
6. There is also an option to show exact duplicates. It’s recommended to use this option if you have songs that are similar, yet not exactly the same. For example, you may have two of the same songs, but one version is the acoustic version. In order to see exact duplicates, hold the option key and click File. Then click Library, followed by Show Exact Duplicate Items. If you own a Windows laptop, hold the Shift key and click View on the menu. You will then see Show Exact Duplicate Items. Click this option.
7. Right click on the songs you want to delete, and select Delete from Library.
8. A window will appear asking to confirm your decision. Click Delete Song.
You have now cleansed your music library from duplicate songs. Hop on that treadmill, and enjoy the music, without worrying about songs repeating due to duplications.
If for some reason you’re having difficulties carrying out the above process, or have a very large library that would benefit from a less time-consuming solution, then you can use applications such as TuneUp. True to its name, this application will tune up your library by automatically cleaning up duplicate tracks, fixing album titles, fixing mislabeled song information, adding album art and more.
However, TuneUp is costly. Song deDuper is an alternate option to TuneUp, featuring a much cheaper price tag and easy to use interface. You can find the application on the App Store for Mac. The benefit of using Song deDuper is that the application will allow you to clean out your library from duplicate songs without having to manually delete them. No matter which route you take, you won’t be disappointed as both these applications, along with iTunes, get the job done well. Choose whichever option is best based on the size of your library.