Ending up with duplicate songs in iTunes can happen a variety of ways. Maybe you have iTunes set to add songs to your library when you add them to a playlist. Maybe you downloaded different versions of the same song. Or maybe, you added a folder that already contained duplicates.
Whatever the case, duplicate songs in iTunes can be annoying as well as take up space. So, if it’s time for you to do some cleaning, here’s how to find and remove duplicate songs in iTunes.
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Find Duplicate Songs in iTunes
To get started, have a seat with your Mac and open up iTunes. Then, follow these steps to find duplicate songs.
- Click on the Library tab at the top.
- Select Songs on the left.
- Click File > Library > Show Duplicate Items from the menu bar.
If you believe you may have duplicate songs in a playlist or your downloaded items, you can check those by clicking one on the left instead of Songs and then using Step 3 above.
Delete Duplicate Songs in iTunes
Currently, there is no super quick and easy way to remove all of your duplicate items in iTunes. You need to use your eyeballs and delete the songs one-by-one or by selecting many at once.
To remove a song, do one of the following:
- Select the song, right-click, and choose Delete from Library.
- Select the song, click Song > Delete from Library from the menu bar.
- Hold the Control key and click the song, then choose Delete from Library.
- Click the More (three-dot icon) button next to the song and choose Delete from Library.
To remove a group of songs, start by selecting them. Hold your Control key and click on each song. You’ll see all of those selected will be highlighted.
Then, use one of the methods above to delete all of those selected songs.
One caveat with this process is that if you release the Control key by mistake and then click a song, all of those you previously selected will no longer be selected.
How Many Duplicates Do You Have?
Thankfully, I only have a few duplicates to delete as you can see in the above screenshots. But others may have many, many more. Are you going to remove your duplicate songs in iTunes? How many do you think you have?
Sandy worked for many years in the IT industry as a project manager, department manager, and PMO Lead. She then decided to follow her dream and now writes about technology full-time. Sandy holds a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology.
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