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How to Delete Duplicates from iTunes Library / Remove Duplicates

Feel annoyed at so many duplicate music, movies, podcasts, books, etc. in iTunes? The larger your iTunes library is, the higher the possibility that you've got tons of iTunes duplicate. 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. It's 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.

how to delete duplicates in itunes-view-Show Duplicate Items

Step 3. All duplicate songs show there.

how to remove duplicates in itunes-duplicate songs

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.

how to delete duplicate songs in itunes-Delete Song

Method 2. Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes with Keepvid Music

The method 1 is useful, when you have only a few duplicate 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 Keepvid Music (Win and Mac). This trustworthy iTunes duplicate remover helps to remove all duplicate songs in iTunes effortlessly.

Note: Keepvid Music is also software working for Android devices. To delete iTunes duplicate songs, you don't have to have an Android version.

Pros:

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

Cons:

  • Not free.
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    Easy steps on how to remove duplicate songs in iTunes

    Step 1. Download and install Keepvid Music on your Mac or PC.

    Step 2. Launch it. In the primary window, click TOOLBOX, then select CLEAN UP ITUNES LIBRARY on the toolbox page.

    how to delete duplicate songs in itunes-launch Keepvid Music

    Step 3. A dialog pops up, click Scan button. Keepvid Music will automatically detect and show you the result about duplicate tracks and missing music tags and covers after scanning. Go to click Scan.

    how to delete duplicate songs in itunes-scan

    Step 4. Click Fix to confirm your action. Then, iTunes begins to remove duplicate songs and fix the missing music tags and covers.

    how to delete duplicate songs in itunes-fix

    Note: If you only want to delete duplicate files, you could select Duplicate Tracks option as above. And then only remove the duplicate tracks by clicking Delete Duplicates button. Learn more on how to clean up iTunes library from here.

    how to delete duplicate songs in itunes-fix

    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 and 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.

    itunes duplicates avoiding-Advanced Preferences

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1. iTunes Tips+
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  5. 1.5 Copy Playlist
  6. 1.6 iTunes and Smart Playlist
  7. 1.7 Sync Playlist to iPhone
  8. 1.8 Solution of iOS
  9. 1.9 iTunes Radio to Mp3
  10. 1.10 iTunes Tag
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  1. 2.1 iTunes Library Disappeared
  2. 2.2 Reduce Your iTunes Library
  3. 2.3 Analyze iTunes Library
  4. 2.4 iTunes Library location
  5. 2.5 With Multiple Macs
  6. 2.6 Multiple iTunes Libraries
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  1. 3.1 Backup iPod Music
  2. 3.2 Recover Lost iTunes Music
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  4. 3.4 Backup iTunes Playlist
  5. 3.5 Backup to ExternalDrive
  6. 3.6 Backup to iCloud
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  8. 3.8 iTunes Backup Alternative
  9. 3.9 Backup iTunes Library
  10. 3.10 Backup iPod
  11. 3.11 Backup iTunes Music
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  10. 4.10 Tag Multiple Songs
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  12. 4.12 Restore iTunes Library
  13. 4.13 Clean up iTunes
  14. 4.14 Rebuild iTunes Library
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