Got iTunes? Check. Got duplicates? Check. It’s the nature of collecting a huge list of songs in iTunes. Duplicates.
Either you rip a dupe from a CD, or, worse yet, you buy a duplicate in the iTunes Store of a song you already have. Unfortunately, Apple won’t give you credit for duplicate songs. Unlike the Mac App Store, Apple won’t let you re-download previous song purchases.
Here’s a way to find and manage duplicate tracks in iTunes.
Send In The Clones
Duplicate songs are not necessarily clones. Any substantial collection of music in iTunes will have duplicates. Importing music often results in duplicates. Who wants to manage all that?
Dupin is the duplicates manager app that Apple should use within iTunes.
My iTunes music collection is modest (somewhere around 6,000 tracks; about half from the iTunes Music Store).
One scan of Dupin revealed almost 150 duplicate tracks. Some I’d purchased, some were ripped from CDs. Others somehow found their way onto my Mac all by themselves.
First, Dupin scans your Mac. Rather, you tell Dupin what to scan for because you control the choice of criteria. It’s like searching through a large database of records, and each record has a lot of fields.
Dupin finds duplicates based on your choice criteria. Tracks within the dupes list that you want to keep are easily segregated.
Even your iTunes Playlists can be re-populated with tracks you want to keep. Duplicate tracks that you don’t want to keep can be dumped into the Trash.
What if you want to keep some duplicates? Those can be managed by Dupin, too.
In fact, you can even use iTunes’ multiple Library option (press Option key while starting iTunes) to segregate duplicates, export a list of duplicates, find the duplicates in the Finder, and even audition the tracks.
Dupin comes with a simple iTunes-like user interface, keyboard shortcuts, and a customizable Toolbar. There’s a lot more going on under Dupin’s hood, especially when you dig into the more esoteric functions such as Filter Controls, Options, Consolidate History, Purge, and Preferences.
In many respects, Dupin is the track manager Apple should make available as a set of functions within iTunes. The only problem is that once you’ve cleaned up and organized and de-duplicated your tracks, you won’t need Dupin for awhile.