Instead of remaining a simple music player and management app, iTunes became a veritable media mall; a place to buy songs, TV shows, music videos, movies, iOS applications. With all that complexity comes cruft; the stuff that gets messed up and left behind. Here’s how to fix it.
Sarge Is In The House!
A number of Mac apps claim to find and remove duplicate songs in iTunes, and, admittedly, it’s a much needed service. iTunes can get messy.
Scroll through the songs or albums in your iTunes and you’re likely to see duplicates; songs listed multiple times, artist names and albums all screwed up.
Here’s how to fix it. Song Sergeant.
This clever Mac utility does what Apple should be doing in iTunes already, but, for whatever the reasons, has chosen not to.
Song Sergeant scans the songs in your Mac’s iTunes library and finds and removes duplicate songs. But that’s not all. I can also merge the best song information with the best audio data on duplicates.
The user interface is straightforward and not confusing. The toolbar tells the tale and it’s simple, but preferences are extensive.
Duplicate songs can even be removed from your playlists. It finds orphaned song files which iTunes occasionally forgets and brings them back into the library.
If artists and albums are misnamed, Song Sergeant identifies them and gives you options to make names consistent.
All this is done automatically. Or, you can choose manual controls over specific functions.
Song Sergeant does the scanning and finding for free. You only need to pay if you want Song Sergeant to make the changes and implement the fixes. Scanning and identifying problems in iTunes is free. You won’t need to use the app every day, of course, but when you do you end up with a better iTunes.
Both the Lord and Steve Jobs know we need that.