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Saturday, February 03, 2007

iPod - Free space by keeping duplicates off Smart Playlists

With some recent additions to my collection of music, my iPod is finally over its capacity. That meant it was time to prune my library being sent to the iPod to make enough space to fit the new music.

Many of us have albums that include duplicates of our music from a combination of original CDs, Greatest Hits albums, and Soundtracks. So, naturally the first target for reducing the size of the music library was to eliminate duplicates from the smart playlist in iTunes. However, I quickly found there is no easy way to automatically do that. After going to a few sites, I found one technique that works great that I want to share with you.

The basics technique is that you are going to create a playlist of your duplicates. Then, you exclude that playlist from your iPod. Here's how it works:

  1. Click on your music library to show all songs in iTunes
  2. Then click on View --> Show Duplicates so that all of the duplicates in your iTunes library is show.
  3. Now highlight all the duplicates that you do not want on your iPod. Some people prefer to keep the originals, others prefer to keep the greatest hits. This depends on your listening style.
  4. Once they are all selected, click File --> New Playlist from Selection and name it 'Dupes'
  5. Finally, go to the Smart Playlist for your iPod and choose an additional filter where 'Playlist' is not 'Dupes' and the music is removed creating new space.

I was able to reclaim about 1GB of space on my iPod using this technique. While it will require you to manually update it in the future, it is a great way to eliminate the duplicates from taking valuable space on your iPod!