Remove Duplicate Music Files in MediaMonkey

MediaMonkey is an excellent music player capable of doing multiple functions within itself.

It comes with two flavors, free and the commercial version which contains premium grade features. However, the features that come with the free version are more than enough for an average person. When using the MediaMonkey, just like with any other music player, people often stumble upon on duplicate media content. Removing such content can be a bit challenging as some of them, especially if downloaded from random sources, don’t have the original meta information in themselves. So this guide teaches how to remove duplicate music files from MediaMonkey library with ease.

 

Solutions

Preliminary Steps

Preliminary steps are performed in order to make the identification of the duplicate contents easy on MediaMonkey. This needs a third-party software known as MusicBrainz Picard to update the metadata of the music files accurately.

  1. Download MusicBrainz Picard from the following web URL:
    https://picard.musicbrainz.org/
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  2. Add all the folders where music files are located.

    Adding up all the source folders
    Adding up all the “source folders
  3. Once the folders have been added, the software starts scanning the given folder for the music files to add them to the itself, meanwhile downloading and assigning the appropriate meta tags to each music file added to the list.
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  4. Once the metadata assigning process is completed (when the loading album information label disappears), select all the files by pressing Ctrl + A keys, right-click them and select Save from the opened list. This will update the meta information of each music file.

    Updating the metadata of each music file
    Updating the metadata of each music file

 

Solution 1: Identify Duplicate Contents with Title

This step should be a lot easy if the Preliminary Steps section is followed religiously and all the actions suggested in it are successfully implemented. For instance if the music track/album is from a singer who isn’t very well known to the world, it’s less likely its information is present in the MusicBrainz Picard database. In that case, the user has to rely on the information found through official sources. However, it shouldn’t be a problem with most of the tracks out there. This tutorial assumes the music files are already present in the MediaMonkey library, as this tutorial is all about removing duplicate music files from its library.

  1. Click on the Tools option from the menu bar on MediaMonkey player.
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  2. Move the cursor bottom of its list to locate Options and then click it.

    Open up Options
    Open up Options
  3. Go through the list of available main categories, locate Media Tree option and open it.
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  4. Now locate the Entire Library option. Select the checkbox just before it to activate this particular option.

    Select the Entire Library checkbox
    Select the Entire Library checkbox
  5. Click on OK to save the changes.
  6. Now in the Media Tree window appearing on the left side to the main panel, click to expand the Entire Library item. If the Media Tree window isn’t present, click on View in the menu bar, select Media Tree option so that it will now appear on the main window of the MediaMonkey.
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  7. Select Files to Edit.
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  8. Select Duplicate Titles.
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  9. Clicking on the above option will make the player to show the duplicate content in the next panel of the player along with the original content. Go through each file to remove them manually as the player itself doesn’t provide an automated way to remove them.

    Duplicates grouped together
    Duplicates grouped together

 

Solution 2: Identify the Duplicate Contents with the Signature

If the Preliminary Step section couldn’t be followed due to some reason, this solution has to be followed in order to identity the duplicate content and remove it safely, as it uses a sophisticated algorithm to identity each given media file based on its signature formed by scanning the files.

  1. Click on the Tools option from the menu bar on MediaMonkey player.
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  2. Move the cursor to the bottom of the list to locate Options. Once it’s located, click it.

    Open up Options
    Select Options
  3. Go through the list of available main categories, look for Media Tree and select it.
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  4. Locate the Entire Library option. Once you’ve found it, select the checkbox before it to activate it.

    Selecting the Entire Library checkbox
    Selecting the Entire Library checkbox
  5. Save the changes by clicking on OK.
  6. Now in the Media Tree window appearing in the left side of the main panel, click to expand the Entire Library item. If the Media Tree window isn’t present, click on the View item in the menu bar, select Media Tree option to make it appear on the main window of the MediaMonkey.
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  7. Select Files to Edit.
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  8. This time select the Duplicate Content item from the list.

    Click on Duplicate Content
    Click on Duplicate Content
  9. When it’s small arrow is clicked, it will expand the list to show the currently available duplicate files in the MediaMonkey library, and in front of each title, it will also show how many duplicate files of each title are there.
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  10. Go through each title and remove the duplicate files manually. The process is quite easy and straightforward.

    Duplicates will be grouped together!
    Duplicates will be grouped together