MP3, MP4 and iTunes Songs Which Are Duplicated in the Computer Can Be Identified

Raza Ali Kazmi
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iTunes is not only a music player but has also been designed to automatically synchronize as well as move songs and playlists to your other Apple devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod, Macbook and even Windows laptop. However, this feature can be switched off at any time, depending on your preference.

iTunes can make smart playlists, all thanks to Apple. This feature comes in handy especially if you are a music lover but do not have the time to manually pick out songs and build a playlist. All you have to do is make use of smart playlists by specifying the release year/date, singer, genre etc. For instance, let’s say ‘top 10 hits of 1970s’ or ‘top hits of Spice Girls’ etc and you’ll have your playlist ready!

Whether you wish to watch a TV series or a video, listen to some cool Audiobook, shop online for music or other content, iTunes Store is your go-to place!

Hunt for MP3, MP4 duplicates in iTunes

Looking for a super cool and super flexible music player for both Windows and Mac? iTunes is the answer! iTunes can efficiently build a music playlist for you by choosing music that you love and giving you the ease of playing a large number of audio and video files.

The audio and video files that we download usually lack a specific or proper name. Instead, they are automatically named using long numbers or the name of the website of origin, also having the name of the artist or the music album. This means that at some point in future, you would get confused looking at the long and unspecific names and would also consider some files as duplicates due to the similar names. Hence, you would want to wipe-out the duplicates. But wait… are those files really the duplicates or the names are similarly worded? 

Well, in order to check, all you can do is play each song individually and take notes. Quite cumbersome! We have an efficient and hassle-free idea for you: follow our recommendation that will help you in scanning the content of the files, quickly and effortlessly.

Clone Files Checker is the smartest solution for you. Although it can efficiently cater to all sorts of duplicate files, here we’re specifically discussing the issue of duplicate video and music files in iTunes. CFC has a super-efficient utility that not only detects but also fixes iTunes duplicate files in minutes, if not seconds. Hash Algorithms are employed so that the content of every individual file is scanned and duplicates are detected. Results are displayed shortly afterwards that are as accurate as accurate can get!

Let’s have a step-by-step review of the process:

  1. Download the program Clone Files Checker.
  2. Follow the stepwise wizard. Launch the program as soon as it’s done.
  3. Select iTunes Search icon in the user interface.
  4. A popup similar to the one below will appear. It tells you that CFC will detect duplicates according to Music Tags. Click OK. 
  5. Clone Files Checker has been designed in a way that it selects the iTunes Music Library upon selecting the iTunes Search mode. Hence, there’s no need for adding the iTunes library to be scanned.
  6. Proceed with the selection of music tags according to your preference so that identical files can be compared. Ideally, select the option File Content to initiate the scan. Music tags should be selected after ensuring the accuracy of the tags attached to songs otherwise you’ll end up losing some MP3/ MP4.
  7. Usage of filters based on size can be optionally used. The filters come in handy if you wish to ignore/allow a specific size range or specify a certain size range to be scanned. For instance, according to the following adjustment, MP3/MP4 files bigger than 32MB will be excluded. 
  8. Tap Start Search so a scan can be launched.
  9. As the scan is going on, you can keep track of the progress.
  10. The results of the scan are categorized in different groups. One file and its duplicates that have been detected during scanning will be found in a single group.
    All the information regarding the number, storage and other details about the duplicates can be found at left-bottom.
  11. Clone Files Checker comes with an in-built Preview function. Through this function, the MP3 and Mp4 files can be easily previewed without launching them individually.
  12. The files can now be reviewed manually. The checkboxes can be used to mark/ unmark the music files thereby processing the marked files and retaining the unmarked files.
  13. Utilize the Select Duplicates tab for a batch selection of multiple files by applying a selection pattern.
    For instance: if you wish the highest bit rate files to stay, Retain the highest bit rate file is selected for each group. 
  14. Lastly, tap Select Action, then choose from the options what needs to be done with duplicates – Delete Permanently or Move to Folder.

Error Message: iTunes Library XML File Inaccessible

In case the error message pasted below is being displayed, this means that the settings need to be changed so other applications can access iTunes Library XML.

In order to resolve the issue, follow the steps below:

  1. Start by noting down the iTunes Music Library.xml appearing under the section of Select Drive/ Folder.
  2. Next, open iTunes.
  3. Click the Edit menu, then choose Preferences.
  4. Click the Advanced tab, tick the checkbox Share iTunes Library XML with other applications.
  5. Cross-check that the iTunes Media Folder has the same location as being displayed in the user interface of Clone Files Checker on selecting the Search mode of iTunes.
  6. Click OK so the changes can be saved and then proceed with restarting Clone Files Checker.

In case the issue isn’t solved, follow the instructions here and reinstall iTunes.

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