iTunes Duplicate Songs

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  1. Croatian macrumors 6502

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    i have well over 20GB of audio files and songs and there is like 400 duplicate songs in the library, using iTunes i can find the duplicate songs, but deleting them one by one using finder will take me a whole day

    is there an quick and easy way to find them using iTunes and have them deleted from your Hard Drive as soon as they are deleted from the Library


    Thank you
     
  2. USMaC macrumors member

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    1) Select all the duplicates that you want to delete in iTunes.
    2) Press delete.
    3) A dialog box will come up asking if you want to move the selected songs to the trash or keep them in the iTunes music folder. Select "Move to trash."

    That should do it, unless I'm misunderstanding exactly what it is you're trying to do.
     
  3. Croatian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That is what i wanna do exactly, but the iTunes don't give me that options it just says do u wanna remove it from the Library doesn't ask if u want it to go to trash and i would like if it did ask me to do that
     
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    And for an easy way to find the duplicates in iTunes, simply use View > Show Duplicates.
     
  5. dXTC macrumors 68020

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    Important Question: Are you allowing iTunes to organize your song files, or do you add new songs to your library manually?
     
  6. Croatian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i add songs to library manually
     
  7. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Well, that's why you don't get the Move to Trash option. If you're managing your files manually it assumes you have a good reason for doing so. If you want to delete from iTunes, manage with iTunes. If you want to manage manually, be prepared for the consequences (namely: less automation). :rolleyes:
     
  8. Croatian thread starter macrumors 6502

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    how do u manage the library with iTunes?
     
  9. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Check "Keep iTunes Music Folder Organized." This will re-arrange your music based on your files' tags, so if your stuff is tagged badly, it's probably a bad idea and you're better off just deleting things manually.

    Also, this breaks things down into an Artist/Album/## Track Name.ext format, so if you have CDs with multiple artists you will want to set them as "Compilations." Then they will appear in a top-level Compilations folder, which will hold folders for each album.
     
  10. Trinitarian, Apr 27, 2011
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    A point that has been glaringly ignored is that in order to actually delete the duplicate file from your computer through the iTunes menu you cannot select any more than NINE (9) songs at a time. Anymore than that and it limits your selected action to "remove" rather than "trash."

    9 items or less =
    "Do you want to move the selected songs to the Trash, or keep them in the iTunes Media folder?
    Only files in the iTunes Media folder will be moved to the Trash.

    Cancel, Keep files, or Move to Trash"



    10+ items =
    "Are you sure you want to remove the selected songs from your iTunes library?
    These songs will also be removed from any iPod, iPhone, or iPad which synchronizes with your iTunes library.

    Cancel, or Remove"

    Why do these options change for what appears to be a highly arbitrary reason?
     

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