iTunes doubled my music, how do I delete the doubles easily?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by FJR, Dec 18, 2008.

  1. FJR macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    So I managed to double all my music files in my iTunes library. Meaning that for all 9,873 songs in my library, iTunes shows two copies (although there is only actually one on my hard drive), both of which point to the same file. Is there an easy way to delete all the duplicates? From what I can tell, I have two options, A) delete my whole library and then reload it from an external hard drive or B) manually go through and delete all the duplicates.

    I don't really want to do A unless absolutely necessary because it would delete all the play count and rating info and I don't want to do B because it'd probably take around 4+ hours.

    I tried consolidating my library, but unfortunately that only adds files, it doesn't check your files and make sure that for every music file you have there is only one representation of it on the iTunes jukebox.
  2. mickbab macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Sydney, Australia
    menu bar --- File --- Show Duplicates

    delete what you dont need

    EDIT: sorry that still doesnt help, i thought it selected duplicates...
  3. FJR thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2008
    blah, just deleted the whole thing and added the folder back. I'm relatively certain that there wasn't an easier way. Looks like I'll be doing a lot of song rating for the next few months/years. Oh well.
  4. mcnees288 macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2008
    this happens to me quite a bit. any reason for this? or is it just itunes being itunes.
  5. crisss1205 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2008
    Uninstalling and then reinstalling iTunes can do this. And the same thing happened to me, m library went from 6,000 songs to 12,000 songs! And I deleted the duplicates the most easy way (listed above) and it took me about 3 months to delete all the duplicates! Hopefully Apple will make a new way of deleting duplicates soon.
  6. Cinematographer macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2005
    far away
    Usually the duplicates are all added to the library the same day. So if you order the songs by "date added" you get an easy way to delete the obsolete items in your library.

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