Anyone have a solution for mass deleting duplicates in iTunes?

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  1. danpass macrumors 68020

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    Displaying the duplicates is of no use to me ................ ahem :rolleyes:
     
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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mass deletion of duplicates is a risky proposition. Unless it's done carefully, you might end up deleting the wrong duplicate. Also, you may want to keep some duplicates. I have thousands of duplicates, since some songs by the same artist appear on multiple albums. Some could be live, acoustic, a remake, etc. You might not want to get rid of all duplicates. Manual is the safest method.
     
  4. VideoFreek macrumors 6502

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    ahem...why is this of no use to you?
     
  5. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I've been wondering if deleting the entire database and reimporting is the best solution. :confused:
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It really depends. As I said, some duplicates may be desired. How big is your library and what are you trying to achieve? Only one copy of each song?
     
  7. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020

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    mostly one copy of each song.

    I had copied over my C: itunes folder, installed new OS, then brought it back. Some duplicates

    But a bunch of songs could not be found so I relinked My Music folder in general.

    Majority of songs found but now also a bunch of dupes. Really irritating.

    I've had this issue before too. I just don't see the logic behind it.

    One master list, no dupes.

    THEN when you click on a playlist you see it listed there as well.

    None of this crap about having the song in 4 different playlists AND all 4 listings showing up in the master list :rolleyes:
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    A song appearing in multiple playlists may be desirable and doesn't mean the song is duplicated. Playlists only contain pointers to files, not copies of the files. That's why if you delete a song from a playlist, you haven't deleted the song. You've only removed it from that playlist.
     
  9. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ;)
     
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That would only happen if each playlist had a different version of the song. If you have one song in the master list, then add it to 4 different playlists, the song still appears only once in the master list.
     
  11. danpass thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I think I'm going with delete and reimport lol
     
  12. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Let me know how that works. It'll be interesting to see if you still have dupes, because the files themselves are duplicated.
     

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