How to Find and Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes

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If you have recently transferred your iTunes library from one computer to another or uploaded entire music collections then it is quite possible you have the issue of duplicate songs. While this is not too much of a problem for one or two songs, when you have loads of duplicate songs you are wasting space on your hard drive which could be better employed. It is now a relatively simple process to find and delete duplicate songs in iTunes and it can all be done in the app itself without having to download extra software.

While it is a fairly easy process to find duplicate songs and delete them from the iTunes library, there may be instances where you want to keep the “duplicate” as it might be a live version or a version with a different artist. For this reason we have included guides on how to find all duplicates, how to find only exact duplicates and alternatives to using iTunes for this process.

delete duplicate songs in itunesSteps on How to Find and Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Click on “View” in the top navigation bar. Select “Show Duplicate Items.” iTunes will display the list of tracks that it suspects to be duplicates.
  3. Hold down the “Command”(Mac)/”Control”(Windows) key and click on the songs that you would like to delete. Drag the selected songs to the trash.

Delete duplicate songs in itunesSteps on How to Find and Delete only Exact Duplicate Songs in iTunes (Recommended)

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Hold down the “Alt-Option”(Mac)/Shift(Windows) key. Click on “View” in the top navigation panel. Select “Show Exact Duplicate items.” All exact duplicates will be shown.
  3. Hold down the “Command”(Mac)/”Control”(Windows) key and click on the duplicate tracks that you want to remove. Drag the list of selected tracks to the trash can.

Alternatives to using iTunes to Find and Delete Duplicate Songs

In some cases you might not be happy with the selection of tracks that iTunes gives you or want to accomplish more in a short space of time through an automated program. There are a number of programs that can find duplicate tracks as well as perform extra functions like auto tag unknown albums and find artwork and artists to better sort your iTunes library. Sadly most of these software packages are only available free as a trial version with a price aving to be paid to take advantage of full features. Such programs include TuneUp, Song Deduper, SongGenie or TidyMyMusic. Take a look at these packages to see if you find one that works for you but for many of you free alternatives such as Shazam combined with the iTunes duplicate song identifyer should be enough to better organise your library.

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