Perhaps the road less traveled is less traveled for a reason, and that accounts for the dearth of iTunes music duplicate finder apps. Here’s a quick look at one you might like. It’s called Tune Sweeper and all it does is what you think it does.
Sweeping Dupes For Profit
My personal music collection tops 10,000 songs in my Mac’s iTunes library. That total is made up of far too many ripped CDs, few purchased songs from the iTunes Store, but enough purchases to run up a credit card balance, and even some music left over from the old Napster days.
Music purchases from the iTunes Music Store have few duplicates, but among the thousands of CD tracks there are duplicates galore; enough to think about it, but not enough to spend money to clean up the mess of dupes. But, if you have dupes, and you have money, then Tune Sweeper can get rid of both in a hurry.
Despite having been around a few years, Tune Sweeper’s interface seems a bit complex, but it’s a utility that does what few others do, and it has plenty of settings.
The toolbar at the top is self explanatory. Click Duplicates to have Tune Sweeper scan through your iTunes Music library for dupes. Click Missing Artwork to, you know, find more artwork. The other settings, Missing Tracks, Not in iTunes, Fix Track Info, and iTunes Statistics will get used less often but come in very handy if your music collection has more than a few thousand songs.
For example, I keep music scattered here and there and try to get most of it in iTunes. Missing Tracks displays songs that appear on the iTunes library list but cannot be found on your Mac. Likewise, Not in iTunes scans your Mac’s disk drive to find music that may not be in the iTunes library.
For a Mac user with tens of thousands of songs in iTunes Music library, Tune Sweeper is an essential app but one that doesn’t get out much; once you’ve cleaned up the library it could be awhile before it needs to be cleaned up again.