iTunes File Management
What is iTunes File Management?
iTunes File Management is a tool to assist with management of your iTunes
library, particularly in finding dead and duplicate tracks.
Why do I need this?
I found that by moving my library around several drives I'd managed to pick up
a large nnumber of dead and duplicate tracks. iTunes is a product but it's not
so good at detecting dead and duplicate tracks and allowing you to delete them.
The duplicate track finder in iTunes isn't very good, if you singles/EPs/Albums
and maybe live tracks from the same band then you will probably have legitimet
duplicate tracks - these are identified by iTunes as duplicates.
Thankfully Apple were clever enough to expose an API for application developers
to access the library, and iTunes File Management uses this to detect dead
tracks (tracks in the library that do not have physical files attached) and
duplicate tracks. Duplicate tracks are determined to be those with the same
name, artist, album and duration - this provides an improvement over the
standard iTunes duplicat edetection.
What is the latest version?
Version 0.2.1 was released under the
GNU General Public License on 7th January 2006.
What does version 0.2.1 do?
Version 0.2.1 contains performance enhancements to the 0.2.0 release.
Version 0.2.0 has the following features:
Reads your iTunes library to detect and display dead and duplicate tracks
Allows you to delete the dead and duplicate tracks
Allows you to move duplicate tracks to a "Deleted Tracks" playlist (new for
How do I get started?
Firstly you need to have iTunes installed and then you should read this
This software has been tested to the best of my ability but,
given that this is the first release it probably contains some bugs. If you use
this tool then you do so at you own risk. My advise would be to use the
'Deleted Tracks' feature to select tracks for deletion. Alos, consider deleting
files in small batches and verify that the results are as you expect. If you do
find any bugs then please report them to me at
The latest version is available for download.
What features are going to be added to subsequent versions?
I'm hoping to add the following features to version 0.3:
Ability to reclasify files identified as Original or Duplicate
Scan filesystem for tracks that are not currently managed by iTunes
Bug fixes as required
How can I help?
Please email me with
Suggestions for improvements or additional features