Fast way to remove thousands of duplicates from iTunes?
September 5, 2007 6:23 PM Subscribe
I totally messed up my iTunes library and have multiple copies of every song. Is there a faster way to de-duplicate than selecting them all by hand?
posted by leesh to Computers & Internet (15 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I keep my songs on an external drive, but for some reason iTunes wasn't reading them. I came up with the brilliant idea of re-adding the whole music folder to iTunes, and now I somehow have three versions of each song. This adds up to over 24,000 songs, so obviously selecting two of each and manually deleting them won't be much fun (not to mention, one of the deleted copies would be the one with the little "file not found" exclamation point, all of which have my play history and ratings).
Clearly I should have asked the easier question earlier (i.e., how do I get my iTunes library to read the files on the drive), but my own mistaken confidence has really ruined my library. Since I have a nice new 80gig iPod coming my way next week, I'd like to get this cleared up soon. Please help! I fully admit to being an idiot!