Steve Lord

Husband, amateur cyclist, infosec dude and all-round nice guy.

May 17, 2009 12:22pm

Remove duplicates in iTunes easily

I’ve been importing my home music library but found iTunes kept importing everything twice. I tracked down the source of the problem to be my .m3u files. When iTunes imports a folder and finds a .m3u instead of importing it as a playlist it imports all the files referenced inside the .m3u even if they’ve already been imported. This is stupid, and one of the many reasons I hate iTunes. iTunes has a show duplicates function, but after importing my entire library twice I didn’t want to go and click every. other. song. ad. nauseum.

It appears that all the iTunes duplicate finding software is shareware. There are demos around but I wanted something free and quick that would automatically remove duplicate files, and thanks to Daniel Choi this iTunes Duplicate Track Remover did the job nicely.

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