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How to Delete Duplicates in iTunes

Feel annoyed at so many duplicate music, movies, podcasts, books, etc. in iTunes? The larger your iTunes libraries are, the higher the possibility that you've got tons of iTunes duplicates. These duplicate contents makes your iTunes in a mess, which you may like to clean up them all at once. If you're looking for solution to fix it, you come to the right place. This article tells you how to remove duplicates in iTunes effortlessly.

Method 1. Delete Duplicates in iTunes Manually

iTunes enables to show you the duplicates and then you can delete them on your own. Here's the basic work flow to delete duplicate items from iTunes.

Pros: Free
Cons: Only delete one duplicate item at a time. Time-consuming.

Step 1. Open iTunes and click Music, Movies, TV Shows, Apps, etc. under LIBRARY.
Note: Here, I take duplicate Music removal as an example. If you want to delete duplicate movies, apps, TV Shows, etc., you can also follow the way.

Step 2. Click View. In the pull-down menu, click Show Duplicate Items.

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Step 3. All duplicate songs show there.

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Step 4. Right click or control click an duplicate song. In the pull-down menu, click Delete. In the pop-up dialog, click Delete Song.

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Method 2. Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes with a Third-party Tool

The method 1 is useful, when you have a few songs in iTunes. However, it's not reasonable when you get hundreds of duplicate songs. In this case, you'd better draw support from some iTunes duplicate remover, like Wondershare TunesGo for Android (Win) or Wondershare TunesGo for Android (Mac). This trustworthy iTunes duplicate remover helps to remove all duplicate songs in iTunes Library effortlessly.

Note: Wondershare TunesGo for Android is also software working for Android. To delete iTunes duplicate songs, you don't have to have an Android device.

Pros:
Quick and easy to use
Remove all duplicate songs in iTunes at a time.

Cons: Not free.

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Easy steps to how to remove duplicate songs in iTunes

Step 1. Download and install Wondershare TunesGo for Android on your Mac or PC.
Step 2. Launch it. iTunes will be automatically launched. In the primary window, click Clean Up iTunes Library.

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Step 3. TunesGo for Android will automatically detects and shows you the result about duplicate songs and missing music tags and cover. Go to click Clean Up.
Step 4. A dialog pops up. Click Clean Up to confirm your action. Then, iTunes begins to remove duplicate songs and fix the missing music tags and covers.

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Tip to Prevent Duplicate iTunes iTems

To help prevent duplicate items in your library, you can enable two options in iTunes.

Step 1. Open iTunes and click Edit > Preferences... > Advanced.

Step 2. Check the two options: Keep iTunes Media folder organzied or Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library

If these two options are activated, when you import media to your iTunes library, the media files would be copied to your iTunes folder. This way, you are not allowed to import duplicate items next time.

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danhillaker
This does not work with podcasts
Natasha
If you delete the duplicate does it delete it from the playlist?
midlandmike
As regards iTunes duplicating music files you can suggest whatever you like but it never works I think Apple should spend a little time confronting this problem ...and it is a problem because they even have there own software on sale to deal with it What a greedy money grabbing company. After much frustration I now use Windows Media and some very reasonably priced software that allows me to use the ipod it performs far better, there are no controlling restrictions and NO DUPLCATES dump the bad Apple
Whillaker
Display duplicates is grayed when the podcasts folder is selected.
jennfer
delete duplicate podcasts
Starman_Andromeda
Oh, one more thing. Mine are checked, but I've been getting many duplicates. It seems to have started after adding the new Podcasts to my i-devices! But it also seems to be happening within iTunes on the Mac, too!
Starman_Andromeda
Appreciate your web page here very much. Question, though. It would seem that *unchecking* those options at the end, especially "Copy files", would be the right choice. Why check it? Thanks!
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