Eliminate Duplicate Songs With These Free Tools

Whip your music library back into shape by removing copies of the same songs

Save Space by Removing Unwanted Duplicate Songs

Unless you have a perfect memory or keep a well-organized list of all the songs you've got, you'll end up with at least one duplicate song in your library. This is one of the problems with maintaining a music collection -- especially a large one where clones invariably worm their way in!

Tying to find duplicate files by listening to your entire music library is impractical and so your likely to give up even before you've got halfway. A more logical approach is to use a software tool to automatically do the hard work for you.

Duplicate file finders are great to use in this situation for cleaning up your music collection and reclaiming lost hard disk space.

The following software tools (in no particular order) have been specifically chosen for their speed and functionality in helping to tidy up even the most duplicated digital music collection.

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Duplicate Cleaner Free

Duplicate Cleaner Free
Using audio mode in Duplicate Cleaner Free. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

This free duplicate file scanner for the Windows Platform has the facility to deep scan various music formats such as: MP3, M4A, M4P, WMA, FLAC, OGG, APE, and more.

It's interface is intuitive to use and it has a good range of options to fine-tune your search. The selection assistant is particularly useful for quickly marking files for deletion based on your criteria. You can also use Duplicate Cleaner for your digital photo library too. There's a nice feature to view an image by right-clicking the duplicate.

To summarize, Duplicate Cleaner is a great all-rounder with impressive audio format compatibility.

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Similarity

Similarity
Results screen for found duplicates. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Similarity is a stellar freeware program for searching for duplicate music files. It uses advanced algorithms that compares audio files based on sound content rather than binary patterns.

Similarity also looks at MP3 tags and has an experiential mode for deep scanning. The program is compatible with a whole range of lossy and lossless audio formats such as MP3, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ASF, APE, MPC, and others.

Overall, a very good software program geared towards finding duplicate music files.

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Duplicate Music Files Finder

Duplicate Music Files Finder
Adding search folders to find duplicates. Image © Mark Harris - Licensed to About.com, Inc.

This program for Windows uses various techniques to find duplicate music files. It compares music files by searching for matching filenames, MP3 tags, CRC checksums, and file sizes.

Duplicate Music Files Finder also comes with a built-in set of tools for managing your music files. For example, you can rename badly formatted music files automatically. It does this by looking at the song's metadata and renaming the file accordingly. There's also a quick tag editor and you can also play duplicate files to check them before deletion.

If you haven't got Winamp installed then the program complains about it, but a quick reconfigure pointing to where your favorite media player is installed is all that's needed for this excellent duplicate file finding tool.