Sweep away iTunes Duplicates

Feel free to file this away in the “I might need this later” category, especially if you’re often the go-to person for all issues involving tech.  iTunes duplicate songs seem to crop up every few months, don’t they?  For me, I use iTunes’ Home Sharing quite a bit, and can sometimes double up on songs.  I especially see this duplication when folks migrate their iTunes library from a PC or multiple Macs.  I’ve used a goofy app called Tune Sweeper for awhile now, and thankfully, it just hit the Mac App Store. While the $20 price tag might be hard to swallow for a one-time use, it’s a required tool for anyone who troubleshoots Macs.  Quickly glancing at Tune Sweeper reveals it wasn’t created with a high emphasis on design, but honestly I don’t mind the ugliness with utilities like this.  You know the person behind it values functionality, which is what you need for this type of task. Usage As soon as you open Tune Sweeper, it scans your library and will then present you with any exact duplicates.  Poke around some of the options if you’d like, but I suggest just jumping in and clicking “Remove” from the toolbar.  Tune Sweeper politely offers to backup your songs, and afterwards will zap away the duplicates from your library. Boom If you have enough duplicates to cause frustration, but not enough to warrant purchasing Tune Sweeper, let me know and we can tackle these extra songs at our next appointment.  

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.