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Clone Files Checker: Easy Duplicate Songs Removal from Groove, Windows Media Player, and iTunes

Duplicate files are becoming a common occurrence nowadays due to many users not taking preventive measures. They can be found on all kinds of storage mediums and cloud storage is no exception to it. No matter how hard we try to kill them off, the pesky duplicates keep making an appearance in one area or the other. This article aims to tackle the duplicate problem in Groove, Windows Media Player and iTunes on the Windows platform using Clone Files Checker.

Solutions: Use Clone Files Checker to Your Rescue

A. Remove WMP, iTunes & Groove Duplicates Using Clone Files Checker

Manually removing the duplicate files is time-consuming and unproductive, especially in this age where top notch applications are available at one’s disposal. So this article utilizes this application known as Clone files checker to remove duplicate files from both Groove and Media player playlists.

1 . Download and install Clone Files Checker.

2. Launch the program, locate and select Music Search, a purpose-built feature.

3. Add all the locations on your computer where any music files are located. Usually, they are located in the Music folder. If music files are located at another location, it’s recommended to move them here as it becomes very easy for Windows Media Player to detect them.


4. Next, apply the most relevant filter(s) and click Start Search to initiate the duplicate scan.


5. Once the scan results are out, click on Select Duplicates and then pick your desired option. The choice you make will determine the future course of action adopted by Clone Files Checker in dealing with duplicate files.


6. Now click Select Action to actually execute the option you selected in the previous step.


7. There is also an option to move the duplicate files to a separate location as a backup, in case you need them in the future.


8. Restart both Groove and Windows Media Player to refresh their playlists.

Remove iTunes Duplicate Media Files

One of the best features of Clone Files Checker is the dedicated iTunes mode. Rather than adding the folder(s) where the media files are located, this mode identifies media files that are linked to iTunes through the latter’s XML playlist. Hence Clone Files Checker should be allowed to read the iTunes playlists. iTunes by default blocks any third-party application from reading its playlist, but the following guide explains how to get it done with ease.

1. Open iTunes, and navigate to Preferences.


2. Switch to the Advanced option. Now turn on Share iTunes library XML with other applications by clicking it’s checkbox, thereby allowing any third-party application to read its playlist.


3. Open Clone Files Checker and switch to the iTunes Search mode.

4. Just like the previous solution, select the appropriate check boxes and click on Start Search to initiate the duplicate identification process. The filters are self-explanatory, and help to filter out scan results.


5. When the duplicate scan results are returned by the application, click the Select Duplicates button. Now pick from the several options one which you prefer.


6. Click on Select Action to practically execute the option you selected in the last step.

7. Optionally, you can move the dupes to a separate folder as a backup if you’re not sure on permanently deleting them.


8. Now you must refresh the iTunes playlist so that it reflects the new changes in it. Open iTunes and navigate to Library | Songs.


B. Manual Solutions to Identify and Delete Duplicate Files

Solution 1: Removing Duplicate Files on Groove Playlists

Even though Groove has a native function to detect and avoid duplicate media files, but it doesn’t delete them entirely from the hard disk. And we have come up with an easy solution to resolve this issue.

1. Click the Search Windows icon, search for Groove Music and open it from Best match.


2. Locate Settings and click it.

3. Turn on Media Info by moving the slider to the right. This fetches all the missing meta information of music files from the Internet, thereby making Groove not to add any duplicate music files into its playlists even if any duplicate music is present in the file system.


Solution 2: Remove Duplicate Media Files from File System on Windows

Unfortunately, both iTunes and Windows Media Player don’t have any inbuilt mechanism to combat duplicate media files within. This leaves manual deletion as a possible way forward. There are a couple of ways to do it, the following steps explain how to get it done.

Method 1: Remove Duplicate Files Manually through Windows Explorer

This method will prove to be laborious if the volume of music files is too large as it involves the user doing it all manually.

1. Open File Explorer / Windows Explorer.


2. Find the Music folder in the left-hand side menu.


3. Search for media files by typing audio in the search box.


4. When you see the results, select to sort the contents by their Details. (Right-click anywhere in the empty space and hover to View | Details).


5. Sort the files alphabetically in ascending order by clicking the Title column.


6. Use the Ctrl + Left Mouse button combination to select files which have to be deleted. Once you’re done, permanently remove them by pressing the Shift + Delete keys.


7. Press Enter to give your approval to the deletion.

Method 2: Remove Duplicate Files through PowerShell automatically

This method is somewhat primitive compared to a professional duplicate file removal tool such as Clone Files Checker, but still, it can remove duplicate audio files from the hard drive without much effort. The advantage of this method is that it is fully automated compared to the previous method, and can accomplish the task regardless of the volume of the data to be scanned. Be advised that it might take a while (depending on the computer’s specs) to remove all the duplicate music files if their numbers run into thousands or more. Also, you must combine all the duplicate files in a single folder in order get this method perform as intended.

1. Cut and move all the audio files from various locations across the computer into a single folder.

2. Use the following script on PowerShell in Administrator mode. Replace the highlighted text with the path where audio files are located. For instance, if the files are in C:\Music, then you should enter in C:\Music\. Don’t forget to include the asterisk (*) so that all the subfolders are also included.

Get-ChildItem -path “C:\Users\USER_NAME\Music\“* -include *.mp3,*.3gp,*.aac,*.m4a,*.mpc,*.mov,*.msv,*.ogg,*.mp4,*.wma,*.webm -Recurse | Get-FileHash | Group-Object -Property hash |

Where {

$_.Count -gt 1

} | % {

$_.Group | Sort-Object $_.Name | Select-Object -skip 1

} | Remove-Item




Solution 3: Remove Duplicate Media Files on Windows Media Player Playlists

Just follow the last 2 solutions and then reboot Windows Media Player to update its playlist. This helps accomplish the task at hand easily.


Solution 4: Remove Duplicate Media Files on iTunes Playlists

Removing duplicate files from iTunes playlists needs a bit of grinding it out, as it doesn’t happen automatically. Use the following guide to accomplish it.

1. Follow the steps (outlined in either the PowerShell or manual method) to remove duplicate music files from the Windows file system.

2. Open iTunes, and navigate to Songs in the Library category.


3. Now delete all the songs in the playlist. Press Ctrl + A to select all the files, right-click the selection and then click on Delete from Library.


4. Confirm the deletion by selecting Delete Songs.


5. Now repopulate iTunes via File | Add Folder to Library.




Clone Files Checker: Easy Duplicate Songs Removal from Groove, Windows Media Player, and iTunes
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