How to delete duplicate iTunes

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Preliminary information


Before going into the details of this tutorial and explaining, in detail, how to delete duplicates from iTunes, it is necessary to make a necessary premise.


In fact, it will be useful to know that the indications you will find in the next paragraphs are valid for both Windows PCs and macOS since the procedure for removing duplicate iTunes files is identical on both operating systems.

Also, if your intention is delete iTunes duplicates on Mac, you should know that if you use macOS Catalina (which, at the time of writing this guide, is the latest operating system from Apple), iTunes has been replaced by the application Music. However, its graphic interface is almost identical to its predecessor and therefore the indications I will give you will be equally valid.

How to delete duplicate iTunes

After the necessary initial premise, you are ready for delete duplicates on iTunes. All you have to do is open the program in question, start scanning for duplicate files and manually delete each duplicate item. How to do? I'll explain it to you right away!

How to delete duplicate iTunes songs


Be your intention è delete duplicate songs on iTunes, start the famous multimedia software developed by Apple, locate the section library in the left sidebar and select the item Tracks. With that done, click on the option Fillet located in the top menu, select the item library from the menu that opens and press on the option Show duplicate items.


By doing so, you will be able to view a list of songs by the same artist from any album in the library: this means that two different songs with the same title could be proposed as duplicate songs.

If you have a Mac, you will be pleased to know that it is possible to find exact duplicates (i.e. two identical files in all respects). To do this, simply repeat the operation described above and press the Option key on the keyboard. Then click on the item Fillet, at the top, select the option library from the menu that appears and press the button Option, to view and press on the item Show actual duplicate items.

Now, regardless of the operating system installed on your computer, to delete duplicate songs, click on fillet you want to remove, click on the relative icon three dots and choose the item Delete from library. Clicca, quindi, on pulsating Delete song And that's it.

On Mac, if your intention is to remove the file in question also from the Media folder of Music, in which all the songs imported into the program's library are collected, also press on the option Move, to move the selected file to the Trash can from the Mac.

How to delete duplicate iTunes playlists


Delete duplicate iTunes playlists it is a simple and fast procedure, almost identical to the one for deleting the duplicated passages that I have indicated to you in the previous lines.


To proceed, launch iTunes / Music, locate the entry Music playlist (on Mac it is only playlist) visible in the left sidebar and select the playlist of your interest among those agolable.

Now, click on the entry Fillet located in the top menu, select the option library from the menu that appears and choose the item Show duplicate items. Again, if you have a Mac, you can press the key Option keypad to view actual duplicate items.

At this point, select any duplicate files, click on the relative icon three dots, choose the option Remove from playlist and click on the button Remove song, to delete the song in question from the previously selected playlist. If, on the other he, you want to permanently remove the file as it is also duplicated in the iTunes library, choose the option Delete from library and click on the button Delete song.

How to delete duplicate iTunes automatically

If you are wondering how to delete duplicate iTunes automatically, I'm sorry to tell you that this feature is not yet agolable. However, by acting on the iTunes / Music settings, you can prevent the addition of duplicate songs and playlists.


To do this, launch iTunes, click on the item Modification located in the top menu and select the option Pref Renze from the menu that opens. In the new window that appears, select the tab Advanced, put the check mark next to the items Keep the iTunes Media folder organized and Copy files to iTunes Media folder while adding to library and press pulsating OK, to save the changes made.

If, on the other he, you are using the application Music on Mac, click on the entry Music visible in the top menu bar and select the option Pref Renze from the menu that opens. In the section Generali, tap on the item Fillet, check the box next to the options Keep the Music Media folder organized and Copy files to the Media folder of Music as they are added to the library and click on the button OK, per salvare I modified it.

By doing so, if you add songs already present in the iTunes / Music library, the program will automatically avoid importing a duplicate.

Program to delete iTunes duplicates

How do you say? Do you prefer to use a program to delete duplicates iTunes? In that case, you can consider one of the software that allows you to scan your computer's folders for duplicate files. Here are some that might be right for you.

Duplicate Cleaner (Windows)

Duplicate Cleaner is a Windows program that allows you to search for duplicate files on your computer, also specifying the folder in which to search. It is agolable both in a free version for personal use and in a Pro version, also for commercial use, which increases its functionality.

To download the free version of Duplicate Cleaner on your computer, connected to the official website of the program, locate the item Duplicate Cleaner Free 4 (Limited version) and click on the button Download [local], to start the download. Alternatively, you can also download the program from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.

Once the download is complete, double-click the file DuplicateCleaner [version] _setup.exe, award-winning Yes, to allow the program to make changes to your computer, click on the buttons OK, NEXT and Accept and press on the options NEXT and Install, to start the installation. Wait, then, for the progress bar to reach 100% and click on the button Close, to close the window and start Duplicate Cleaner.

On first launch, select the language of your interest  through the appropriate drop-down menu and press the buttons OK and Close, then select the option New research and set the search criteria you prefer. Once this is done, select the tab Scan Location visible at the top, select the folder iTunes Media iTunes and press the icon of freccia rivolta verse destra, to search for duplicate files only in the folder in question.

At this point, click on your button Scan now! and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%, to view the scan reonts. Then press the button Close, put the check mark next to the duplicate files you want to remove, click on the button Removing files And that's it.

Duplicates Cleaner (masOS)

If you have a Mac, the program I suggest you rely on to remove iTunes duplicates is Duplicates Cleaner. It is a free application that allows you to scan every folder on your Mac and identify any duplicate files.

To download and install Duplicates Cleaner on your computer, launch the Mac App Store, write "Duplicates Cleaner”In the field Search, at the top left, and press the button Submit on the keyboard to view the search reonts. Then locate the application in question (it should be the first reont) and click on the buttons Get and Install, to start its download and installation. You may be prompted to enter the Password of your Apple ID or use the touch ID (if your Mac has one).

Completed the download and installation of Duplicates Cleaner, award-winning apri, to start the program, click on the item Select Folder and select the folder in which the Music tracks are collected, to automatically start scanning the folder in question. Alternatively, you can drag the folder containing the Music library files into the Duplicates Cleaner window.

If you do not know the location of the Music Media folder, start the application in question, select the items Music and Pref Renze in the top menu e, in the new open window, click on the item Fillet, to view the complete path.

After the scan is complete, if you see the message Congratulations, no duplicate found, it means that no duplicate files were found. If not, click on the button View duplicates, to view duplicate songs, place a check mark next to one of the fillet and premi on pulses Clean duplicates and Yes, to delete the selected item.



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