It’s really easy to end up with a library full of duplicate
music files in iTunes. If you’ve got multiple computers with more
or less the same library, if you’ve done a backup and restore, or
if you’ve used a program like CopyTrans to backup your iPod or
iPhone, you’ll likely end up with dozens of identical tracks.
iTunes is not able to hunt down and zap all of those dupes for you,
so enter Dupe Eliminator.
Launch Dupe Eliminator and it immediately scans your iTunes
library, showing you every track–and every duplicate–in an easy
to read interface. One more click, and all your identical files are
Getting rid of multiple copies of the same track is a boon for
shuffle mode in iTunes and it makes it far less irritating to
assemble playlists. Dupe Eliminator can also remove dead links, or
entries in the library that are missing the file, as well as iTunes
movies, TV shows, podcasts and audiobooks. The procedure for these
items is identical as with music.
One pretty big drawback for any app that can only do one thing,
but do it well, is the price. You’ll have to run Dupe Eliminator
only occasionally, so $35 seems like a high price to pay. With more
and more useful apps crossing that $20 threshold, Markelsoft ought
to experiment with a lower price. Other iTunes helper apps, such as
are only $20.
It’s also a bit frustrating that the demo is so limited. It’ll
only remove three items and then stop, requiring a restart before
it’ll work again. Then again, if the demo removed many more, you
wouldn’t have to buy the full version.
Dupe Eliminator swiftly and straightforwardly cleans up your
library, saving you hard drive space, hassle, and headaches. The
only question is the hassle and headache of the price.
New to version 8.0 is the ability to visualize your iTunes
library using charts and graphs, and filtering only tracks that
Note: The demo will only remove three files of
any type per session, and will not run the AutoClean feature, which
removes all dead links and duplicates of any type with a single
click. The full version costs $35.