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iTunes 10 Essential Training
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Finding duplicate songs


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iTunes 10 Essential Training

with Garrick Chow

Video: Finding duplicate songs

As you continue to work with iTunes, you're almost guaranteed at some point to import a song you already have in your library and in most cases iTunes will dutifully copy that song into your library again and you will end up with a duplicate of that song. Now iTunes is pretty good at detecting an exact copy of a file, so if you try to drag a copy of an existing song in to your library again iTunes won't copy it but there's still always the likelihood that your library contains duplicates of several files. To find the duplicates, choose File > Display Duplicates. iTunes then displays any songs that have the exact same name and the exact same artist.
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  1. 1m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      36s
  2. 31m 45s
    1. Opening iTunes for the first time
      3m 20s
    2. Exploring the Source pane
      4m 49s
    3. Using the playback controls
      6m 33s
    4. Setting general preferences
      3m 21s
    5. Exploring the interface differences in the Mac and Windows versions
      7m 14s
    6. Setting parental controls
      4m 39s
    7. Using keyboard shortcuts
      1m 49s
  3. 57m 19s
    1. Understanding file formats
      8m 58s
    2. Importing from a CD
      5m 41s
    3. Entering song info manually
      8m 40s
    4. Finding and adding album artwork
      6m 41s
    5. Adding lyrics to songs
      4m 2s
    6. Dragging in song files
      6m 32s
    7. Converting single files
      2m 24s
    8. Using the Automatically Add to iTunes folder
      5m 0s
    9. Joining tracks
      4m 46s
    10. Importing videos
      4m 35s
  4. 25m 44s
    1. Consolidating your library
      4m 8s
    2. Upgrading to iTunes Media organization
      2m 29s
    3. Extending your library
      4m 47s
    4. Working with multiple libraries
      2m 38s
    5. Finding duplicate songs
      3m 56s
    6. Moving a library
      7m 46s
  5. 1h 2m
    1. Browsing
      6m 34s
    2. Searching
      1m 52s
    3. The Snapback button
      1m 18s
    4. Rating songs
      2m 7s
    5. Exploring playback options
      9m 35s
    6. Creating playlists
      5m 53s
    7. Creating Smart Playlists
      7m 13s
    8. Creating playlist folders
      2m 55s
    9. Shuffling and repeating
      3m 4s
    10. Using iTunes DJ for party playlists
      7m 14s
    11. Using the Equalizer
      7m 1s
    12. Using the Visualizer
      4m 20s
    13. Using internet radio
      3m 27s
  6. 20m 6s
    1. Sharing over a network
      5m 6s
    2. Turning on home sharing
      4m 2s
    3. Burning discs
      6m 54s
    4. Using AirPlay to stream content from iTunes to an AppleTV or Airport Express
      4m 4s
  7. 38m 46s
    1. Store overview
      3m 29s
    2. Creating an account
      3m 28s
    3. Browsing for content
      4m 2s
    4. Searching for content
      3m 29s
    5. Purchasing content
      7m 32s
    6. Purchasing gifts for others
      3m 44s
    7. Redeeming iTunes gift certificates
      1m 15s
    8. Using the Genius sidebar and creating Genius playlists
      5m 50s
    9. Using the Ping social network
      5m 57s
  8. 9m 2s
    1. Finding and subscribing to podcasts
      6m 50s
    2. Listening to and interacting with enhanced podcasts
      2m 12s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Managing your iPod
      7m 21s
    2. Syncing music and movies
      7m 16s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      3m 51s
    4. Syncing photos from a Windows computer
      3m 2s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 5s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Windows computer
      3m 3s
  10. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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iTunes 10 Essential Training
4h 34m Beginner Nov 10, 2010

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iTunes 10 Essential Training takes an in-depth look into the popular music and media hub from Apple. Author Garrick Chow demonstrates how to perform the core functions in iTunes: playing, purchasing, sharing, and streaming content. The course also covers specialized features such as setting parental controls, syncing with iPods, subscribing to podcasts, listening to Internet radio, using the Genius feature, the Ping social network, and much more. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Using the playback controls
  • Setting preferences
  • Understanding audio and video file formats
  • Importing from a CD
  • Managing multiple libraries
  • Building playlists and smart playlists
  • Creating playlists automatically with Genius
  • Shuffling and repeating songs
  • Burning discs to share
  • Shopping at the iTunes Store
  • Managing an iPod
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
iTunes
Author:
Garrick Chow

Finding duplicate songs

As you continue to work with iTunes, you're almost guaranteed at some point to import a song you already have in your library and in most cases iTunes will dutifully copy that song into your library again and you will end up with a duplicate of that song. Now iTunes is pretty good at detecting an exact copy of a file, so if you try to drag a copy of an existing song in to your library again iTunes won't copy it but there's still always the likelihood that your library contains duplicates of several files. To find the duplicates, choose File > Display Duplicates. iTunes then displays any songs that have the exact same name and the exact same artist.

So now I'm looking at all the duplicate songs iTunes has found, because I have my Music Library selected. If you're trying to find duplicates of videos, make sure you select Movies or TV Shows or whichever kind of media you're trying to find duplicates of. Now, if you want to leave this view of duplicates, you can click Show All at the bottom of the screen to go back to the main view of your library again, but I do want to work with duplicates right now so I will go back. And at this point I need to decide whether I want to keep these duplicate or not because there may be some reasons to keep copies of duplicates in your library. For instance, this track from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, "Don't Come Around Here No More," I have two copies of that but notice that one copy is of his Greatest Hits album and the other copy is of the album it originally appeared on, Southern Accents.

And I want to make sure that song stays in place on both albums because I might be listening to one or the other sometime and I don't want the track missing from either album. Or take this track "More To Lose" from The Jellybricks. And from what I can see here these tracks appear to be completely identical. They both of the exact same name, artist, and album title but if I get Info on them, again by right clicking and choosing Get Info, I can see that one is an AAC file and one is an MP3 file and if you recall, I created the MP3 version in a previous chapter.

So sometimes you have to look at each track's info to discern the difference between them. It could be that they're different file types or that one is encoded at a higher quality than the other. Once you figure out the difference, then you can decide whether or not you and keep the duplicates around. In this case, I might want to keep both versions, if I need to send the MP3 version to some one. Now in the case of the song "Fight Test" from The Flaming Lips, these tracks really are identical in every way, except the one version has the album artwork and the other one doesn't. Personally, I think this is a legitimate reason to get rid of the duplicate since I don't think there is a reason to keep the version around without the artwork.

So I will just have that track selected and I will press Delete on my keyboard. iTunes is first going to ask me, if I'm sure I want to remove this song from my library. Now you won't see this dialog box if you previously checked Don't ask me again. Notice that it also tells me that these items will be removed from any iPod or iPhone which syncs with my iTunes library. So if you want to keep the song on any iPod you sync with your copy of iTunes, you will want to keep the song here. But in this case I'm getting rid of a duplicate, so I don't need to worry about that. So I will click Remove. Next iTunes asks me if I want to move the files to the Trash.

On Windows you will be asked if you want to move the files to the Recycle Bin. Now, when you remove a file from your library, you are only removing the reference to file. The file itself is still sitting in my iTunes library folder. I just wont see it listed anywhere in iTunes itself. So I have the choice to keep the file where it is, maybe it's a file I want to keep a copy of it but I don't want to see in my library, or I can click Move to Trash to move the file to my system trash. Since it's the duplicate I don't need it. It's sitting there taking of extra space, so I will click Move to Trash and if I actually go look in my system trash right now, you can see the file is sitting right there.

Now, if you're on a Mac and you know that you want to both remove a file from the library and move it to the trash without having to go through those two dialog boxes we just saw, you can select the track and hold down the Command key while pressing Delete. That will automatically remove the song from your library and move it to the trash in one shot. On Windows, you can hold down Control as you press Delete but that won't move this song to the recycle bin. It will just remove from your library without giving you a dialog box asking you to confirm that you want to do so. So that's how you can locate and remove duplicate songs in your library. When you're done click Show All to return to the main view of your library.

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