If you are like me who likes to hoard songs into your iTunes Music Library, then you are probably familiar with the frustration that's associated with organizing your music collection. I'm sure many would agree that one of the biggest annoyances that you can encounter while sorting through your library are track duplicates. Not only do they clutter your library which makes navigation a nightmare, but they also take up unnecessary space in your device and computer. Fortunately, there is a tool that specifically addresses such an annoyance.
The tool in question is called Tune Sweeper from Wide Angle Software. This software claims that it can quickly find and remove duplicate tracks in your iTunes library. So I decided to give it a try, and all I can say is that, it works. Rather quite well I must add. Basically, this is how it works:
Upon launching Tune Sweeper it will automatically scan your iTunes library for duplicates. The initial scan I assume would depend on how large your library is, but in my case it only took like 3 seconds. It will then display the results which is based on a criteria. You can filter the search criteria some more by toggling certain fields like track name, track #, album and so on so you can refine your search. As an added functionality, you can choose to exclude certain media types such as TV Shows and podcasts.
The duplicate items are displayed in groups with accordance to the criteria that you've set above. Now you have the option of manually selecting which track to keep while the others will be safely discarded. Or you can choose to let Tune Sweeper automatically select which tracks to keep based on your set preference like highest quality, latest added, longest duration and latest played. This is a nice touch especially to libraries that have tons of duplicates. A real time saver. If you are concerned about deleting files by accident, then Tune Sweeper also offers to backup your duplicate files, store them in a separate folder so you can delete them yourself at a later time.
After you've set all the necessary settings, you can now proceed to removing duplicate files from your library. I must say that I was quite impressed with the speed of the removal process. Tune Sweeper found around 30 duplicates in my library and it didn't even take more than 10 seconds. After removing the duplicates, you will be given the option to open the backup folder or to launch iTunes so you can view your new library that's free of duplicates. Another neat feature of Tune Sweeper is that also check for items that points to a missing file so that you can delete them easily.
Tune Sweeper is a software that does what it promises to do and does it very well. I definitely loved the no-nonsense approach to the interface so any user should have no problem using it. The speed of the software itself is also worth a mention. Definitely a good buy for those who wish to free their iTunes library of all those annoying duplicates. Tune Sweeper is available for Windows and Mac for $19.99.
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