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Showing Duplicate Items in iTunes 11


iTunes has long offered a basic feature for identifying duplicate tracks, however when iTunes 11 was initially released, many users were surprised to find the feature had gone missing. Regardless of whether this was intentional or an oversight on Apple’s part, it quickly returned the feature in an update to iTunes 11.0.1. If you’re missing the Show Duplicates feature, be sure you’ve upgraded to the latest version of iTunes, and then take a look on the View menu. The feature itself works in much the same way as in prior iTunes versions, filtering your list view down to only suspected duplicate tracks and then letting you deal with this information as you see fit. Keep in mind that for music tracks, however, this is based only on the track name and artist, so if you’re a collector who wants to keep multiple, complete albums you may find that you always have duplicates in your library as far as iTunes is concerned. When viewing duplicates, a status bar appears at the bottom of the iTunes window to remind you that you are in this mode, along with a “Display all” button that can be used to return to the full track view.

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The Find Duplicates feature doesn’t work all that well in iTunes 11. It lists songs that share a similar word string and not exact duplicates of song title. I miss iTunes 10.

Posted by Gary in Toronto on December 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM (CST)


Don’t forget the “Show Exact Duplicates” alternative by holding the Shift key first (Windows). This adds Album name and Track # to the comparison.

But the iTunes 11 version has an odd quirk, along with iCloud, in that it seems to report old DRM-protected iTunes purchases in your library as duplicates of the same songs in iCloud, even though they’ve been downloaded locally. One has to delete these songs and re-download them to clear the bogus duplicates.

Note: The re-downloaded copies are still 128kbps AAC.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul in Toronto on December 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM (CST)


I used a separate utility called copy tran Tune Tastic for cleaning up itunes duplicates. worked fine, I’d say better than the itunes duplicate finder.

I was not enchanted by the duplicate-feature available in previous versions of itunes, since iTunes would spit up all the tracks in one place - regardless if they are the duplicate or the actual original. In addition, I couldn’t by any means, tell apart which track is which. Hence, going for a third-party tool which does this job.

Posted by Zdravko in Toronto on December 21, 2012 at 1:56 PM (CST)


“One has to delete these songs and re-download them to clear the bogus duplicates.”

As a follow-up to my statement above, these bogus duplicates can be hidden by going into iTunes preferences (Store tab) and de-select “Show iTunes in the Cloud Purchases” (which is not the same as “View/Hide Music in the Cloud”).

Posted by rockmyplimsoul in Toronto on January 3, 2013 at 3:07 PM (CST)


Good to see the new feature of iTunes that is newly launched by Apple. However, I heard from many of my friends and colleagues that this feature functions only for music files i.e. it will display only duplicate music files. Looking to this, many users like to stay with the existing version i.e. iTunes as users are expecting something more than this and something new compared to present one. For instance, with regard to this feature of duplicates iTunes 11 should function for music, videos, apps, games and much more.

Posted by SPINX INC. in Toronto on February 20, 2013 at 5:32 AM (CST)


@SPINX (#5): Actually, the Show Duplicates option does work for some of the other categories, but the trick is that you have to have the Show list views for all media option enabled in your iTunes Preferences, otherwise there simply isn’t a view available for it to appear, and the option will be greyed out when viewing anything other than Music.

Note that even in this case, it’s still only available in the Movies, TV Shows and Books categories, not in Podcasts, Tunes U, Apps or Tones.

See Show Duplicates only available for Music for more information.

Posted by Jesse Hollington in Toronto on February 28, 2013 at 2:19 PM (CST)

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