The icon? Yes. As they say, you can’t judge a book by the cover, but it’s the cover that gets us to look at a book. So it is with Mac apps. The first thing we see is the icon, then a description, and if all goes well, we try it out and use it. But it starts with the icon.
Icon Because I Can
This past weekend I was browsing the web, dropping by the haunts that promote various Mac apps and I came across Dupe Away.
Yes, it’s just like I said. I saw the icon, understood the connection between the app’s icon and the app name, then gave it a spin.
Dupe Away is nothing more than a very simple, fast, elegant yet oddly compelling away to remove duplicates from iTunes on your Mac (works on iTunes Windows PCs, too).
Here’s the problem. iTunes, like iPhoto, gets cluttered over time with duplicate songs, TV shows, movies, podcasts and other media cruft.
Run Dupe Away and it finds the duplicates in iTunes and then determines which duplicate to keep and which you can safely remove (and the choice is always yours).
Not only does Dupe Away find files you may not need, it even finds music tracks that exist outside of iTunes which can be recovered.
If you’re like me then you have playlists in iTunes, and sometimes the playlists have duplicates. Dupe Away takes those away, too.
Dupe Away even found a few songs in iTunes that were actually dead. The track was there but it wasn’t a music file and wouldn’t play.
Dupe Away has been around awhile so it’s a mature app, modestly priced considering all the extra disk space you can save by eliminating duplicates. It works fast even on large iTunes libraries (I have just over 10,000 songs), and is much faster than trying to use the Mac’s duplicate finder.