Discussion in 'iPod' started by chadi, May 16, 2007.


Do you keep or delete duplicates songs in your library?

  1. I delete them

  2. I keep them

  3. It depends on my mood...

  1. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2007
    Canada eh?
    This may seem like an odd thought, but I was just curious how many of you keep many copies of the same song in your library.

    ie; you have Artist A's greatest hits + all his albums, the same song may appear on the greatest hits as well as 1 or 2 albums and then maybe again on a live album (though that would be a bit different since it's live). To make things worse you might have a VA album that the song appears on or some other mix type album (z103.5 does these so does much music etc;)

    Do you delete the duplicates? Thereby breaking the 'completeness' of a certain album...or do you keep them all?
  2. macrumors G3

    May 2, 2005
    I need to have complete albums. If I don't, it bugs me.

    I have 4 different (but mostly the same) versions of several ben folds songs, but I just can't delete them. :eek:
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Oct 8, 2002
    The Bamboo Forest
    I delete them if they are actually duplicates. I've found sometimes I have two of the same song from the same album... it's rare but I've had it from time to time.

    If they are both on a complete album I have I leave them. If one is on a complete album and one is by itself with no other tracks from that album I delete the loner.

    I like completeness to my albums. At this point disc space for the rare occurrence is negligible.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2007
    New Jersey
    hey i need all the space i can get. why keep them?
  5. Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    I keep them... mostly... (I've had a few spring cleanings). But I do uncheck all but one when they're exactly the same version, so only that is being played.

    iTunes needs some king of merge/alias function for dealing with duplicates. :(
  6. macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I keep different versions, but delete actual duplicates.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 3, 2006
    I always look at the song length and delete one of the matching songs.

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