How to delete duplicate music in iTunes & Music app

By Edward Briggs, on May 28, 2021

When enjoying music on your Mac, whether you are using iTunes or the new Mac Music, there may be a problem: duplicate music files. Especially if you have a large number of CD favorites or have been using iTunes for a while, you will encounter this problem.

How to find duplicate songs in Music or iTunes

Duplicate music caused by Music or iTunes is so common that Apple has built-in some features in the software to help you find them.

  1. Open the Music or iTunes app on your Mac.

  2. Click File in the menu bar.

  3. Select Library > Show Duplicate Items.


How to remove duplicate music manually

Just like deleting other files on your computer, you can manually delete duplicate music. But this requires a certain amount of patience. After following the steps above to find duplicate music, you can delete them by following the steps below.

  1. In Music or iTunes, select the duplicate songs you want to delete.
  2. Press the Delete key on the keyboard.
  3. Click Delete Song.

If you feel that manual deletion takes a lot of time and effort, you can choose to use BuhoCleaner to delete duplicate music.

How to delete duplicate songs in Music or iTunes

You can use BuhoCleaner to scan your Music folder and help you quickly delete duplicate music. Follow these steps to clean up the duplicate clutter in your Music or iTunes app:

  1. Download and open BuhoCleaner
  2. Click Duplicates and choose Music Folder.BuhoCleaner
  3. Wait shortly to get the results.BuhoCleaner
  4. Click Remove to delete the music you selected.

Note: After you use BuhoCleaner to remove duplicate music, you will still see it in Music or iTunes, but an exclamation point will appear to the left of it, which means it has been deleted. The reason you will still see it in Music or iTunes is that for your data and privacy, we directly deleted the local files without operating the Music or iTunes database. If you want, you can choose to manually delete the entries in Music or iTunes.

To sum up

Duplication in iTunes and music is very common. In particular, the longer you use these applications to manage your music library, the more likely you are to have multiple copies of the same song. Although both iTunes and Music provide an easy way to find duplicates, you still need to delete them manually.

BuhoCleaner can help you find and delete duplicate music quickly. Download and use it as soon as possible. If you want to know how to remove other types of duplicate files, you can check How to find and delete Duplicate Files on Mac ?