itunes duplicates = missing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by shaymalus, Dec 13, 2005.

  1. shaymalus macrumors newbie

    Dec 13, 2005
    I am using itunes on windows and itunes has a problem organising my music.

    In itunes, at least 50% of my songs (about 3000 songs) are listed twice. One of the listings will play normally, and the other one cannot be found by itunes (it has a little '!' beside it)

    I think the problem exists because this happened:
    • Originally i had my music in a folder, and it was all listed normally by itunes.
    • Then I moved all my music from one folder into the "my music" folder.
    • Then I clicked "consolidate library" and itunes duplicated almost all of my library.
    Now it lists most songs twice, but it points to the wrong location in one of the two listings.

    When I run windows media player, it lists the songs twice and is able to locate both.

    How can I get rid of the duplicates, and the missing file locations without going through each one individually?
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    The easiest thing, since your playcount info is probably messed up as well, is to delete your iTunes Library file (not the music itself) and add the folder you want to iTunes again.

    EDIT: Hey whadda ya know, I'm a 6502!

  3. mj_1903 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2003
    Sydney, Australia
    I was going to suggest running one of the multitude of Applescripts that are designed to fix that problem but I thenr realised you were on Windows.

    I agree, deleting your iTunes Music Library (binary, not xml) will probably do the trick, you will however lose all your playlists.

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