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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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