Over the past weekend I downloaded the update to Apple's iTunes software. It's up to version 4.7 now. Whenever an update to anything is released, the questions are 1) What has changed? and 2) Is it advisable to update now?

For the 4.7 update, the answers are 1) Not very much; and 2) Immediately!

According to the release notes, this was a pretty minor release, with just two new items. The first is support for copying photos to an iPod photo. This would be necessary if I had an iPod Photo, but I don't**. The second item is "the ability to show duplicate songs in your library".

I don't know about you, but I often end up with duplicate files in my iTunes library. Sometimes I'll import a CD twice by accident. Other times I'll add files from Limewire or some other source. Not too long ago, I merged external hard drive libraries with a buddy. In all these cases, and many others, it's possible to have an album (or just song) in your library twice.

It always seemed like purging duplicates should have been part of the base iTunes functionality. It doesn't seem like it should be that hard (the files have unique profiles -- name, length, etc.

There were always kludgey ways to do it, but all very time consuming and labor intensive. Now, it's a dedicated menu toggle (under Edit).

Thanks Apple, better late than never.

**I don't have an iPod photoApple Store in San Francisco It seemed nice enough, though I have a little difficultly seeing how it would fit into my life, especially considering how awesome Flickr is.

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Well.. it helps but it still doesn't actually remove the duplicates for one. Unless yours has a feature mine doesn't. With several thousand songs in the library it gets really tedious to manually remove each duplicate. If they really are duplicates (same file format, same length) then perhaps the best option would be to move all the song files not in the iTunes Music library to the trash (though not delete). And if there is a duplicate in the Music library move that as well.

Posted by: stefan | Jan 11, 2005 2:22:37 PM

dude. the duplicates in itunes drive me nuts! funny finding your site here. going to whistler this weekend with tony. should be a good time. aloha matt v

Posted by: matt ventura | Jan 25, 2005 8:44:29 PM

iTunes just went to 4.9. And although like 4.7 it does show duplicate song.. Unfortunately... due (most likely) to user malfunction I am unable to delete the hundreds of duplicates that exist. Shift-delete or Delete - just clears the track from the library. But it still resides on disk. Am I missing something???

Posted by: Ryan Turner | Jul 25, 2005 4:01:31 AM

Hmmmm, You would think that a company as large as Apple would be able to put just some basic functionality into a product that costs as much as it does. I have just got an iPod Photo 60G and started to drop all my music down onto it. You guessed it - duplicates. Even after I used a nice little program called Doublekiller to get rid of the mp3 duplicates off my drive, iTunes still thinks they are there. The only method I can work out to get rid of them off the library list is to just do it manually. Nice one Apple! How about upgrading your software so we can actually use our iPods without so much grief. Good luck to all in the same boat.

Posted by: Robert Burns | Aug 13, 2005 8:41:37 PM

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