Spruce up your iTunes by Deleting Duplicate Artists

iTunes is just brilliant at playing the music of your choice—and it’s simple to find out new stuff to listen to.

But errors occur and frustrations ensue when you find duplicate artists were appearing in your iTunes Library. You know that duplicate artists are sitting in your library and that angers you most. You want your iTunes to reflect well on you. You’ve to spruce up your iTunes Library by removing all of them. Heed these solutions.

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Solution 1: Use iTunes

If you want to delete duplicates to see whether the artists really are duplicates, you’re not lucky—unless you use iTunes. iTunes includes a built-in function to find and remove duplicates. All you have to do is to remove one duplicate artist at a time. Follow this admittedly tedious workaround:

  1. Launch iTunes.
  2. Go to Menu (next time, Ctrl + B is handy) and tap View. Select Show Sidebar.
  3. Now go to Library and tap Artists—it shows you the alphabetical list of all the artists).
  4. It shows you duplicate entries of the Artists.
  5. Select one name (any duplicate name you find) and tap it to edit.
  6. Add a postfix “_temp” to this name.
  7. And now repeat this with all duplicates you found.
  8. Remove postfix value you added.
  9. It’s gone.


Solution 2: Update your iTunes client

Apple updates are always available to fix problems and offer you new features. Stay up-to-date. This way you can resolve this particular issue. Here’s how:

  1. Click Help (in Menu of your iTunes).
  2. Scroll down and tap Check for Updates. (It tells you what’s new in the update).
  3. Make it happen and update it. Restart iTunes and Quit.
  4. Now open File Explorer.
  5. Type %userprofile%\Music\iTunes (in the address bar) —it moves you to your iTunes Music Library.
  6. Find iTunes Library and Delete it.
  7. Now re-launch iTunes.
  8. Tap File and hit Add Folder to Library.
  9. Tap the folder where you’ve stored your music collection.
  10. iTunes will add these files to its Music Library, automatically.
  11. It should have resolved your duplicate issue. Still not resolved?


Cut the clutter with Clone Files Checker

It happens sometimes. Finding duplicates normally isn’t a task relegated to a stand-alone program. Instead, the task is more often a feature in a larger utility application. One program that I’ve found is Clone Files Checker by Sorcim Technologies. The software isn’t a “do it all” package; it’s specifically for identifying and removing duplicate songs, dead tracks and repeating artist tags from your iTunes Library.

Raza Ali Kazmi

Raza Ali is content editor and publisher at Sorcim Technologies.