If the songs stored in iTunes library are more and if the music is often made to sync from the computer or mac to the iTunes and then into iPad, iPod or the iPhone, then there are chances of duplicate entries of songs into the iTunes music library. It can be a tough task to sort out the duplicate songs if searched through the entire iTunes library one-by-one.

Instead, a more easy way to find out and delete these duplicate songs from the music of iTunes library is available in the iTunes options itself. Actually, two such options are available for user’s comfort. These two ways are explained in this post.

1) To find and delete all duplicate songs from the iTunes library

2) To find and delete exact duplicate songs from the iTunes library

To find and delete all duplicate songs from the iTunes library:

1. Launch/Run iTunes application in the Windows or Mac

2. In the top menu bar that appears in the iTunes window, click “View”.

itunes menu bar

3. A drop down list of options appear on the screen and in those options, select “Show Duplicate Items”.

4. Then, all the duplicate song tracks will be displayed in the iTunes window.

5. To delete the required duplicate songs,

    • For Windows users, press and hold Control key (Ctrl) and with the help of mouse select the songs to be deleted.
      After the duplicate songs to be deleted are selected, leave the Ctrl key and drag all the songs to trash.
    • For Mac users, press and hold Command, and with the help of mouse select the songs to be deleted.
      After the duplicate songs to be deleted are selected, leave the Ctrl key and drag all the songs to trash.

remove duplicate songs from itunes

The disadvantage of this option is that, iTunes will display some songs as duplicates even if they are the remix or some other version of the original song. So, there is a risk of removing a song that is displayed by iTunes as duplicate, but in reality it is an entirely different version from the original song.

This is where the second method of removing exact duplicates come to the rescue of the users.

To find and delete exact duplicate songs from the iTunes library:

1. Launch/Run iTunes application in the Windows or Mac

2.  Then do one of the following:

    • For windows, press and hold shift key and in the top menu bar that appears in the iTunes window, click “View”
    • For Mac, press and hold Alt and in the top menu bar that appears in the iTunes window, click “View”.

3. A drop down list of options appear on the screen. By holding the Shift(for Windows) / Alt(for Mac) , in those options, select “Show Exact Duplicate Items”.
Remember to keep holding the Shift(for Windows) / Alt(for Mac) while doing all of this.

remove exact duplicate songs from itunes

4. Then, all the exact duplicate song tracks will be displayed in the iTunes window.

5. To delete the required exact duplicate songs,

  • For Windows users, press and hold Control key (Ctrl) and with the help of mouse select the songs to be deleted.
    After the duplicate songs to be deleted are selected, leave the Ctrl key and drag all the songs to trash.
  • For Mac users, press and hold Command, and with the help of mouse select the songs to be deleted.
    After the duplicate songs to be deleted are selected, leave the Ctrl key and drag all the songs to trash.

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