Program to find and remove lower quality music?

Ctt713

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I have recently started to re-rip most of my music collection in flac but as a result I am ending up with many duplicates. I have found many programs such as MrClean that find duplicates of songs but I do not want to accidentally delete the high quality mp3's or flac files. Is there any program that can do this for me? I would prefer it free but I would be willing to pay 10 dollars or so if the program is legit. Thanks.
 

GGJstudios

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You can always File > Display Duplicates, then sort by Bit Rate to identify the lower quality items.
 

Ctt713

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I have done that to remove them from iTunes but they still seem to exist on my hard drive. I would always hit move to trash but it ends up just removing them from iTunes only.
 

GGJstudios

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I have done that to remove them from iTunes but they still seem to exist on my hard drive. I would always hit move to trash but it ends up just removing them from iTunes only.
Here's how you remove them from the drive:
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Note the circled message.
 

Ctt713

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Exactly,my problem is my music is not in my iTunes media folder because it would cause an issue with duplicates in iTunes.
 

IronLogik

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You can always try to use Smart Playlists to do this. Have it find files with bit rates lower than you specify.
 

GGJstudios

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You can always try to use Smart Playlists to do this. Have it find files with bit rates lower than you specify.
The OP's problem is that even if you find them in iTunes, because they're not in the iTunes Music Folder, you can't delete the files from iTunes. A Smart Playlist won't help.
 

UpDownAeroplane

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wait, why are you ripping in FLAC? do you really have the audio equipment to tell the difference between FLAC and a high-quality mp3? i suggest V0 rips or 320 CBR rather than FLAC.
 

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