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Traveller



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Hi, I'm testing out the trial version of SongKong. I have tens of thousands of song files. My library is a mess with bad tags and, even worse, many duplicate files. When testing SongKong I wanted to see how it handled duplicate files. I chose a single album that is a terrible offender. For some weird reason I have as many as four versions of the same song in this album (although I only I ever added just one copy of the album originally...have no idea why there are duplicates). When I ran the remove duplicates function, it found the dupes however it chose to almost always keep the version that was tagged xxxx.mp3 2 instead of the original without the number indicating a duplicate copy (simply xxx.mp3). It did move xxx.mp3 3 and xxx.mp3 4. I have looked at all of the dates on these files (created, modified, saved, last accessed, etc) they are all identical and thus date criteria doesn't work for finding the "original" file. All other parameters for these duplicate files is otherwise also identical. How can I get SongKong to recognize the original file (xxx.mp3) and not the one with the appended number 2 (xxx.mp3 2)?

And on a side technical note...why do these files multiply like this? It's crazy and all over my library. I suspect iTunes played a role. And, by the way, I am doing this on a local folder...not one attached to an iTunes library at present.
paultaylor

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Not sure but if the original file is the oldest file, then on second tab of Delete Duplicates you could try in Preferred Deletion Criteria moving File Creation Date so it is above Filename in list.

Yo could also Fix Songs to rename files.


thanks Paul (Administrator)
Traveller



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I'll look at "fix files" section. Still testing this software. As I indicated in original post, everyone of these duplicate files is EXACTLY duplicate...creation date, modified date, etc. Date is not a useful criteria for sorting these files. That was my first line of attack.

Thanks for the swift reply.
paultaylor

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Date is the same down to the second ?

thanks Paul (Administrator)
Traveller



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Yep. I mean these are -identical- clones marked 2 3 4. I checked the fix it feature and it still wanted to keep the #2 file not the original. On top of that, it wanted to split the files into two albums when it was just one (soundtrack to Armageddon by Aerosmith...has some regular Aero songs as well as songs specific to the soundtrack). Just not quite getting me there.

My library is an admitted mess. I just wish I could find a genius app that would fix it so I don't have to manually intervene. At over 50,000 songs I would be in front of the computer for weeks otherwise. Thanks for the help. It's a good software just not quite enough of what I need to clean up 15 years of filing mistakes.
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Hi, okay if I may suggest I think you are going round it the wrong way round. What people usually do is run FixSongs first to identify and organize songs, then DeleteDuplicates afterwards to Delete Duplicates, Then run FixSongs again for a final clearup.

thanks Paul (Administrator)
 
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