With a free junk remover called DuplicateClean by your side, it is possible to show and easily eliminate the duplicate songs on Mac. Do you wonder how to clean iTunes library? It is time to organize and get rid of the hassle in your life using one of the best third-party cleaners!

The duplicates are the clones of particular films, audio tracks, images, and apps stored on a computer by accident. Such items belong to the category of junk, and there is no need to keep them. The copies of music files tend to accumulate easily. One uploaded a recording of a new live show by your favorite band – and now you need to deal with its copy. Mind that you have to get rid of the numerous “Unknown Artist/Unknown Album” files.

Remove the double songs in iTunesThis process is frustrating. If you try to solve the problem by manually removing one song after another, it is a waste of time. If a user ignores the problem, it is a waste of precious space on your Mac’s hard drive – a pressing problem for older laptops and ultra-thin SSD-operated Airs with increased 'horsepower' but limited storage capacity.

Why does iTunes duplicate files?

Each song file has a number of unique characteristics that iTunes uses to classify music tracks. The media library itself offers certain parameters to set up in a less than optimal way and yields the unwanted results during synchronization.

Duplicates and missing tags can creep up on your songs. The reasons include:

  • Adding unsorted music collections in several folders that contain copies;
  • iTunes synchronization settings stating: “Copy files when adding to library”;
  • Track(s) format is not supported, and it needs to be converted;
  • Indexing music that is properly named, but isn’t properly tagged.

Copies fill up your hard drive, and it leaves you wondering how to find iTunes duplicate songs and remove the unnecessary files without leaving your library of music and other media files in total disarray.

How do I keep my music well-organized?

The answer to this question is simple – use a third-party cleaning solution! DuplicateClean replaces the old ways to clean up and mass-delete duplicates from iTunes by using the command line scripts. That method is difficult for the newbies and also time-consuming.

Today the market is full of fake applications. Watch out for them as the process of deleting the music files that iTunes copied without your permission means allowing the cleaning app to access and mess up with your file system and your sensitive private information. Macs are well – but not 100% – protected against possible malware; it matters a lot what software you use, and if it’s trustworthy.

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How to find duplicate songs in iTunes and delete them manually?

A Mac owner will never delete the duplicate files in iTunes without knowing their location. Finding the sneaky clones in iTunes manually may take some time. It all depends on the number of items stored in the iTunes Library. If you wish to do it quickly, use DuplicateClean.

Anyway, it is important to look at the ways to remove iTunes duplicates manually. Launch the application and move to the My Music window. Press View in the navigation menu. Push Show Duplicate Items. Here you go with the list of the tracks that were cloned for some reason. Example: the tracks bought as a single and on an album after that. Mind that various versions of the composition (e.g., studio and live) may be detected as copies by iTunes. Many people prefer storing all versions of their favorite songs. They choose another alternative. Just command the app to display only the exact dupes by holding the Option key and selecting View → Show Exact Duplicates.

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The only thing left to do is remove the nasty duplicates from the list. Oops! What if there are many of them (hundreds or thousands)? Well, iTunes does not care: erase the files one-by-one manually. Right, it is a tedious assignment, which might take from several minutes to hours of work. It depends on the size of your iTunes Library.

Highlight the items on the list you want to eliminate by pushing the Command key on an Apple computer. Right-click and push the Delete button for each dupe. There are two conditions. A user may erase the clone in the iTunes Library only or toss it away from Mac as well. In the end, click Done to return to the refreshed Library, which has more storage now thanks to your work.

A serious duplicate issue is having too many dupes in the iTunes Library. It is almost impossible to clean it all singlehandedly. That is when DuplicateClean steps in!

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Can I trust DuplicateClean iTunes cleaner to solve my problems with song copies and missing tags?

Yes, and it can do much more than that. DuplicateClean is a powerful music library organizer app for Mac. We created it to address our own issue of fitting all the Bob Dylan reissue albums on a single hard drive in perfect order – and we’re only half-joking here. The best app should not be the most expensive one, and DuplicateClean offers a free trial version to test whether this software is right for your needs. The team of experts developed the original idea of this tool while trying to solve a problem with double songs, movies, and images in iTunes and other places. We’ve settled our music duplicates problem with one of the best Mac cleaners, DuplicateClean, which may clean up the entire system.

P.S. Find more information about how to delete duplicate items from iTunes library.

Think twice about the disadvantages of manual removing before choosing this method instead of a time-tested, reliable third-party cleaner:

  1. No guarantee that you will notice all dupes;
  2. Risks of deleting important items;
  3. Just a waste of time in case you have more than a dozen of clones in a Library!

There is even more DuplicateClean can offer!

Except for being able to sort through your storage to find and erase the unwanted duplicates of your favorite tunes, DuplicateClean can:

  • Auto-tag songs with missing information according to a template;
  • Request audio tags, album cover art, and CDDA info from the Internet;
  • Find and remove duplicate playlists;
  • Search for unindexed duplicates on the external media devices that use iTunes;
  • Export user’s custom playlists in formats compatible with other audio players;
  • Convert Cyrillic tags to transliterated Latin tags – no more hieroglyphs instead of song titles (unless we’re speaking about Simplified Chinese, Thai and a dozen of other hieroglyphic languages – those are totally supported!);
  • Convert lossless audio to lossy with or without preserving the original tracks.

Just enjoy the music, and we’ll take care of everything else!


What people are saying

OMG, DuplicateClean has totally given me back my weekends! I used to spend hours and hours of my days off organizing the college music library and cleaning up duplicates preparing for the week ahead. Everyone uses the same computer and the sound files were a huge mess. Now I spend around 1 hour on Sunday and get my whole programming done! Thanks a lot!””


- Jeff, 23UCLA College Radio Station DJ

“Digital audio can never match the warm tone of the analog, but lossless formats are at least bearable to listen to. However, I cannot take my whole 15Tb music library with me for a morning run. DuplicateClean helps me create lossy copies I can listen to on my iPod during workouts and it also keeps the originals intact. Great functionality and interface – even a non-technical person like me could easily master it”

- Emma, 28 painter and homemaker

“Thanks to DuplicateClean my vast collection of Eastern European music CDs kept the original titles in transliteration after grabbing. Whenever I tried other apps that claim to have similar functionality, I got something not unlike Martian cuneiform in lieu of song titles and artist names. Sticking with DuplicateClean since the day I tried it. Hvala vam puno! Dziękuję!”

- David, 54 banker, hi-end audio enthusiast