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How to Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes

Ask a Geek Girl: Deleting Duplicate Songs in iTunes

Today's question comes from reader glamourette142:

I purchased a new external hard drive to back up all my music on in case my laptop crashes. As I was transferring music I noticed that I have duplicates of the same songs; is there a way that I delete files that there are two of without going though my entire music collection artist by artist?

Good news! There is a simple way to find and delete duplicates in iTunes without going through your entire library. To find out how, just


First, open iTunes. Then go to the File menu, and select "Show Duplicates." This will list all songs that iTunes has determined are duplicate versions — usually songs with the same title and artist. You'll still have to manually sift through this list, but think of it as a security measure to make sure you're not deleting wanted songs. For example, album and acoustic versions of the same song may show up on the duplicates list, even though they're different.


You can right click (or control+click) on any song title to find out more info about the track. Once you've determined the song is, indeed, a duplicate, you can manually delete it.

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stepl12 stepl12 5 years
Clone Remover is a system software, allowing to conduct duplicate file checks direct in the intuitive interface of iTunes or other functions like finding image files or excel row dupes on the computer.
antony09 antony09 6 years
Clone Removal is the best solution in this case. It will help you to search for and delete duplicate images, photo and mp3 files. The file names can also be different. It is free utility.
blossommac blossommac 7 years
How i can be sure that the song is my itunes library (folder) and my folder of music.. because i have 12 gb in the itunes list, but when i check with Disk Inventory X. show me that i have 24 gb of music. how i can compare so i can erase duplicate songs?? without check song by song
plebicolar plebicolar 7 years
I need to do this too. I switched to a better external hard drive, but every time I start this task the dirty dishes seem to be more and more appealing.
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
When you delete a song in iTunes, a prompt will appear that will ask you if you're sure you want to remove the song, in that same window you will see a checkbox that will say "Remove fie permanently from my computer." Check the box and the song will be deleted from your computer!
mnxygrl mnxygrl 7 years
glamourette - if you're using iTunes though and see the duplicates there, right click on the song in iTunes and select "Show in Windows Explorer" it'll open up that particular folder with the song and you can delete from there. not sure how it works on a Mac though sorry!
glamourette142 glamourette142 7 years
This doesnt really help, I'm referring to duplicates in my music folder on my computer not my itunes thanks for trying though
TidalWave TidalWave 7 years
Ugh I need to do this. Everytime I start weeding out my duplicates in iTunes, i get 1/4 of the way then give up. It is sooooooo time consuming to make sure i'm not deleting different versions of the same song!
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