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iTunes 7 has a new feature that prevents duplicates. It prevents you from importing the same song twice. When you drag the same song from the Finder into the iTunes window a second time, nothing happens, no warning, no error message or anything. The problem is that sometimes iTunes thinks a song is a duplicate when it is not. This can happen with songs with similar names, or with different versions of the same song. I'm not sure how iTunes makes the determination.

To force iTunes to import the song anyway, drag the song from the Finder into the iTunes window as you would normally do, but before dropping the song into iTunes, hold down the Option key.

By the way, you can have iTunes scan your library for duplicates by pulling down the View menu and choosing Show Duplicates.
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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: Alrescha on Sep 21, '06 08:12:04AM

iTunes has worked this way for as long as I can remember... (not positive about the Option-drag part, but the duplicate filtering has been there for a long time).

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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: gopes on Sep 21, '06 11:55:41AM

Short memory? ;)
iTunes has only had the feature since the 5/6 upgrades in Fall '05.

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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: Alrescha on Sep 21, '06 07:50:28PM

I fully admit that in my case "as long as I can remember" may well evaluate to "since yesterday"...

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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 21, '06 08:32:28AM

I could not get this hint to work. In fact, with the Option key pressed the green encircled plus sign disappeared from the mouse pointer, indicating that the file would not be added.

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A finicky feature indeed
Authored by: SOX on Sep 21, '06 09:42:30AM

I was able to import duplicates by draggin whole folders that containd duplicates in, even without the option key presses.

Interestingly this duplicate preventer makes a very bad mistake. It appears that it must base duplicates on the ID3 tags since it's not file name dependendent. It's easily possible to have two songs with identical ID3 tags that are not identical music. In my case for example, I had a song I had clipped the quenten tantentio style dialog from the beggining. In another case I had cutdown a long radio broadcast to a short web-ready segment. It would not import either of these because the original with the same ID3 tags was in place.

So in a nut shell: it does not prevent adding duplicates if they are added as multiple songs at the same time (as in a folder or import command) and it makes mistakes.

Nor does it find less stringent forms of duplicates (e.g. find duplicates by name only). For that see "corral dupes" over on Dougadams site. (guess you already knew that one doug!)



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A finicky (dubious?) feature indeed
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 21, '06 10:47:42AM

Yo, SOX: dubious "feature" perhaps, eh? ;)

I believe that iTunes bases duplication-when-adding on the filename. Perhaps ID3 data is considered as well. Since aliases are so cool, I imagine that iTunes knows that you have changed the file name of a track and knows that it's the same file. I tried dnd'ing a changed-filename file and it wouldn't add it, so perhaps ID3 data is a factor. Am I incorrect: if you change a Song Name, iTunes *may* change its filename if you have "Keep organized" checked. Afterall, iTunes tries to keep track of your music library files...wasn't that a complaint about 8 versions ago?

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: jjardoino on Sep 23, '06 11:27:57AM

Yes, the "+" disappears but the song is added to the library.

But there's an error in this hint. Using Option key doesn't force to import a duplicate file. iTunes Help explains that. Using Option key while drag and drop has another action.

In the Prefs (Advanced, General), you can choose if a dragged song is copied in iTunes Music folder or not. When you drag with the Option key, what is choosen in these prefs is inverted.

So, if you usually copy, the song will not be copied. And if you don't copy, it will be copied.

In my prefs, the "copy" box is checked.

So I have a song in iTunes Music folder. If I drag a copy of this song on iTunes' window with Option key, I get twice the same title, but there is no duplicate. One is the song stored in iTunes Music. And the other is the reference to a file which is stored elsewhere.

If I drag the song without Option key, iTunes does nothing. Normal, iTunes still prevents duplicate files.

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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 21, '06 05:15:29PM

iTunes' ability to prohibit duplicate file adding goes back to at least version 2 (I tested it as far back as v2.0.4 in OS 9). However, this option-drag-to-add-duplicate-file hint is seemingly erroneous. I could not get it to work in any version of iTunes. Can anyone else get it to work?

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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
http://www.dougscripts.com/itunes/



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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: gopes on Sep 21, '06 06:23:41PM

It's not there in iTunes 3 included with Jaguar... It came in one of the 4.x releases, 4.7 at the latest (on my System discs).



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Force iTunes 7 to import duplicate music files
Authored by: osxpounder on Sep 22, '06 12:10:54PM
Watch out for "duplicates" that are really different file types.

iTunes doesn't show you the "Kind" column by default in the Show Duplicates view -- or at least, it wasn't enabled when I first tried that view, and I usually enable that view. Not sure about that one, but ...

A WAV file and an MP3 file turn up as duplicates. Sometimes I rip a treasured CD to WAV, and use the WAVs as my listening source, because they are lossless [I hope?] copies I could use to burn another CD from. But later, I want to hear a tune on my iPod, so I make an MP3 of it.

iTunes knows the difference [hence the "Kind" column"], but doesn't take that into account when determining which files are duplicates. You could find yourself deleting the WAV you wanted to keep.

You can watch for this by enabling the "Kind" column in iTunes' Show Duplicates view. Right-click [or Control-click] on any column header to see a list of all possible columns. Choose "Kind".

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