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Audio & Music Manager – Remove Duplicate Songs

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Music Manager – Delete Duplicate Songs

Managing music files and deleting duplicate songs will not only result in a better organized music collection, but will also save gigabytes of valuable disk space. It is extremely annoying to have duplicate songs in your iTunes Library, iPhone, iPod, iPad or any other mp3 player. Using a musing manager application can solve this issue and keep a clean of duplicates music collection.

Audio Dedupe is an innovative tool that can put and end to the mess in a music collection. There are plenty of methods that Audio Dedupe offer in organizing songs. The most notable thing about this product is the fact that it will actually “Listen” to the songs in a music collection in order to find similar or duplicate items. The tool performs a real audio analysis and can find similar songs even if they are stored in different audio formats. It does not rely on data like ID3 tags. If the songs are ripped from a CD or imported/downloaded from other locations and miss their ID3 tags Audio Dedupe is still able to identify them.

While many duplicate file finders are marketed like duplicate music finders the only thing they do is to find exact duplicates or in best case to look for duplicate ID3 tags. This is not much convenient as files that are stored in different file formats or have different ID3 tags or are not tagged at all will not be identified. This is the most often case when looking for duplicates so a standard duplicate file finder does not help much when the word comes to managing music libraries.

Using Audio Dedupe to manage a music collection is easy. It can scan an entire computer or just certain folders where the audio files are stored. The tool will locate and analyze all supported audio files and list them in a neat table grouped by similarity. While talking about file format we should mention that it support all common audio formats like – AAC Files (*.aac; *.mp4, *.m4a) – iTunes, iPod, iPhone Audio Files including Apple Lossles audio, AC3 Files (*.ac3), Audio IFF Files (*.aif; *.aiff), FLAC Files (*.flac), MPEG Audio Files (*.mp3;*.mp2;*.mp1;*.mpa), Musepack Files (*.mpc), OGG Files (*.ogg), WAVE Files (*.wav), WavPack Files (*.wv), Windows Media Audio Files (*.wma).

There is a built in player that supports continuous playback while switching between files. This is very handy as one can easily compare the quality of the audio in order to keep the best one in the collection. Speaking about quality, the application lists the bit rate, size, length, format and many other properties for every file in order for the user to easily choose the one to keep. There are also auto-check features that can automatically select files for deletion based on the above mentioned properties and also file date, file time, file location and so on.

Keeping an organized music collection and managing songs is easy using Audio Dedupe.

Music Manager

Music Manager

iTunes – Delete Duplicates

iTunes – delete duplicates and save valuable disk space by organizing your music collection

iTunes - Delete duplicates

iTunes - Delete duplicates

The problem with deleting iTunes duplicates

Deleting duplicate songs in iTunes , iPod, iPad or iPhone may look simple but having hundreds or thousands songs makes this task a little bit hard. If you have a large music collection, duplicate files are inevitable.

There is a built-in option in iTunes to delete duplicates in File->Display Exact Duplicates. As the name suggests this option will display the exact duplicates. This means that if your songs are tagged with different artist, album or song name this function will not help much. The other disadvantage is that it lists all files that have identical tags and you should manually review the results and remove the duplicates. While this is not an issue if you have 10-20 items it could be annoying if you have hundreds or thousands. In any case this is a helpful option provided by Apple, but it is hard to be applied on large collections.

Best way to remove iTunes duplicates

The best way to remove iTunes duplicates is to use a dedicated external application. The advantage in doing that is that such application can clean your entire music library and not just the iTunes duplicates. There are plenty of duplicate mp3 finder applications on the market and you should carefully choose the one that works properly and displays correct results. Using an unreliable tool may delete valuable data.

Choosing the best tool to clean iTunes duplicates

A reliable tool should be capable of identifying duplicate songs in ant format regardless of the ID3 tags. This will help in cleaning files that you may have ripped from CD or downloaded from various sources and are not tagged with artist, album and song name. The key factor in choosing a duplicate mp3 finder is to evaluate its search algorithm. If a tool is not properly developed it may reveal false positives and lead to loss data.

Audio Dedupe is an innovative tool that can help with the cleanup of your audio collection. The key advantages of the tool are:

  • Reliable search algorithm that can recognize audio files in any forma without the need for ID3 tags
  • High performance – can scan tens of thousands duplicate audio files in less than a minute.
  • Multiple options to filter duplicate
  • Option to compare source folder versus target folder in order to merge new songs with your existing library
  • Detailed report that includes information on the audio quality of every file in order to keep the best version of a song
  • In-application preview with continuous playback to help easily compare audio quality between duplicates
  • Comprehensive auto-check option that can immediately select thousands of files based on date, quality, location, size and other properties
  • Multiple delete options – delete to recycle bin, move to a folder preserving the source’s folder structure for a backup, permanent delete

You can remove duplicate music files from your entire computer in just several minutes and save gigabytes of valuable space on your iPod, iPad or iPhone.