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An aside
Authored by: DougAdams on Mar 07, '07 08:11:17AM
This observation--iPhoto shows the "content" and iTunes does not--explains a lot about how people think about audio files. Unlike other file entities, audio files are not visual like photos and do not have visually comparitive elements like text files; nor can two audio files be compared as easily as, say, two text files, with things like "search" and "diff". This goes to explain why iTunes users are frustrated with duplicates:

"Audio files are not like text files. You can't examine them to see if two are the same. (OK, you can compare tags and kind and size information, but even this can produce mixed results, as users of the iTunes "Show Duplicate Songs" command generally atest.) Tracks represent sound files. So, you have to listen to them. This seems odd to computer users because we are used to applications that can sniff out the similarities of files very quickly. But when you get right down to it, despite the text-based nature of audio file ID3 tags, only a device with ears can be the final arbiter of what a duplicate sounds like compared to the original. You have ears, I think. Right?"

Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes

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