Get Rid of Song Duplicates Once and For All


Ever been sitting listening to a song, only to hear the same song play again a little later? There are ways to fix this! 🙂

Duplicate songs in iTunes can be sorted out pretty easily, but can take some time to sort out.

Lets get cracking…

For this you will need the following:

  • A computer with iTunes installed
  • iTunes Open

If you don’t have iTunes on your PC, you can download it by clicking here.

*Please note that throughout the steps below, you can click on the image to enlarge the photo, if needed.

Step 1

Open iTunes and click on “File” at the top left corner of the screen:

iTunes on Open

iTunes on Open

Step 2

Click on “Display Duplicates”:

Click Display Duplicates

Click Display Duplicates

Step 3

Once you have clicked on “Display Duplicates”, you will see a similar screen to the image below. I like to have my most recent music displayed first, so I sort my music by “Date Added”:

Duplicates Displayed

Duplicates Displayed

To easily see which songs are duplicated, click on “Name”(As shown in the picture above) to sort the songs by name, if your music is sorted by something else. This is just to more easily see the multiple songs that are duplicated right next to each other.

iTunes will check for duplicates based on name and artist, so these will have to be the same in order for the duplicate songs to be displayed in this list.

TIP: Find your duplicated songs and listen to which one sounds the best or has the best quality sound to make sure you delete the song that is the least beneficial to have. This can easily be checked by looking at the “Bit Rate” of the song. Generally, the higher the Bit Rate, the better the song’s quality will be. But I suggest listening to the song to check which sounds the best regardless.

Step 4

*NOTE: Do NOT delete all the songs displayed, as this will remove all copies/duplicates of the songs from the iTunes library. Rather find the individual songs and remove them, leaving at least one copy of the song to ensure that there will still be a version of the song in your iTunes library.

The duplicated song I want to remove is “Mercy Me” by Alkaline Trio:

Check Bit Rate & Duplicated Song Found

Check Bit Rate & Duplicated Song Found

To remove the song, right-click on it and click on “Delete” to delete the song:

Click Delete To Remove Duplicate

Click Delete To Remove Duplicate

You might see the next screen, if you haven’t clicked on “Don’t Ask Me Again” in the past. I prefer to have this option to prevent accidentally deleting a song. If you see this, click on “Delete” again:

Click Delete

Click Delete

Step 5

Make the call on the next step to either delete the song out of your iTunes library only or delete it out of your iTunes library and also off of your PC.

To delete it out of your iTunes library and also off of your PC, click on “Move To Recycle Bin” or to only delete the song out of your iTunes library, but keep it on your computer, click on “Keep File”:

Keep File Or Move To Recycle Bin

Keep File Or Move To Recycle Bin

Step 6

Once you have removed the duplicates, click on “Display All” at the bottom of the screen to go back to your music library as it usually is:

Click Display All

Click Display All

Alternative Method

Duplicate songs in iTunes can be sorted out pretty easily, but can take some time to sort out and not everyone has time to sort though their music and delete their duplicates. There is a cool program you can download to do this for you.

Introducing Rinse

Basically Rinse is a program that will search through your entire library for duplicate songs(and more) and will take care of these issues for you without much more than a few clicks from your side. No mindless deleting duplicates, entering song info or Googling album artwork.

Download and Try Rinse for FREE

Download and Try Rinse for FREE

I’m not going to spoil the surprise by telling you about all of the features though. So why don’t you try them out for free and see what else they’ll do for you here:

It’ll save you some time and sort out some issues for you along the way.

I hope you have found this useful!

If you need anything further, please leave a comment on this post or see my contact page and I will do my best to help you.

Always remember, give a jackass an education and you’ll have a smartass!

Signing out.

G™

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