There is something about having kids that causes clutter to grow. It’s everywhere. In the living room. In the kitchen. In the car. Clutter is even in my Mac.
My Mac’s Desktop gets cluttered with files, folders, photos, and notes. This Clutter Caused By Children Syndrome™ has infected the music tracks in iTunes on my Mac. I have duplicate songs scattered all over the place. What can a clutter prone Mac user do?
Deleting Dupes For Fun
Cleaning up a cluttered Mac is a journey that starts with a single step. Step one. Find stuff you don’t need. Step two. Delete stuff you don’t need. Step three? Repeat steps one and two.
For Mac (or PC) users with a cluttered or messy iTunes try Dupe Away first.
It’s easy to use, doesn’t cost much, so there’s not much to not like.
Besides, I’m a sucker for any low priced Mac app that has a cool icon. Dupe Away does what you think it does. It finds duplicates in iTunes so you can delete them and feel better about your obsessive compulsive disorder.
Search, Find, Isolate, Destroy
Even if you have 10,000 songs in iTunes on your Mac, Dupe Away takes barely a minute to work. The first thing it does is scan your Mac using some basic filtering criteria, including file size, playing time, and so on.
The process is simple. Open Dupe Away. It even looks like iTunes. Click Find & Group Dupes. Within a minute or two, the dupes are selected for your inspection.
Check through the duplicates, click Delete Checked Tracks to eliminate, destroy, delete, remove, only those tracks. But wait. If you’ve used iTunes for awhile then you know about the zombie tracks.
Zombie tracks in iTunes are songs that look like they’re there—name, artist, time—but when you click it, nothing happens. Dupe Away finds zombie tracks and gives you the option to wack them in the head (that’s the easy way to kill zombies, you know).
What if you have a bunch of duplicates on purpose?
They might have the same song title but be a different version by the same or different artist but you want to keep them anyway.
Dupe Away can sort those, too, based on other criteria such as how many times they’ve been played, or if they’re rated. Regardless, you still have the option to delete. Dupe Away just makes the process of cleaning and organizing duplicates in iTunes an easier process.
Easy. And it works for both Mac users and Windows PC users. I don’t know what the business model is for the guys who develop Dupe Away, since it doesn’t cost much to unlock all the features. After all, once you’ve cleaned out 5,000 songs in iTunes you probably don’t need Dupe Away again until you’ve added a few thousand more songs.