I used ITunes to download to my new IPad3 a variety of songs and albums I had already purchased. However, in some cases, I have two copies of every song. When I play an album with the "Music" app, I can see two copies of each song - and yes it plays both copies as it moves forward.

I've seen instructions online of how to get rid of ITunes duplicates on a PC. But I'm dealing with my IPad3, not a PC.

  • You're sure you don't have duplicate tracks in iTunes as well? Apr 2, 2012 at 22:52

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You should have duplicate tracks on iTunes as well. If not, then try this out

  • Plug in you iPad and open iTunes.
  • On the "File" Menu Click on "Transfer Purchases from Brent's iPad" (I Assumed the name of your iPad but you get the point).
  • Wait for sometime for all of your purchased tracks to transfer into you computer (PC right?).
  • After that you can try out the steps mentioned in the link you posted. This will erase all the duplicates from your iTunes Library.
  • After all is done, Sync you iPad and your duplicates should have been erased.

Hope it works!


I went to the Genius bar at the Apple store. They simply had me delete the songs from my IPad, and re-download them. The duplicate tracks problem was solved. Thus both creating this problem and solving this problem required no connection to a PC or any other device.

In short, the problem was entirely within the IPad / ITunes synchronization. It is VERY GOOD to know this remedy for this problem!!!

  • 1
    Not much help if you have thousands of songs and they're all duplciated. It could take a month to delete them all.
    – orbfish
    Nov 26, 2014 at 22:50

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