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Removal of duplicate files using the rule-based program capability

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    anonymous shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  AdminDan Gravell (Founder and programmer, bliss) responded  · 

    Duplicate removal has now been completed: https://www.blisshq.com/music-library-management-blog/2018/05/22/release-20180516-duplicate-removal/ and so this idea has been marked as so.

    New ideas developing the idea further should be posted separately.

    The earlier first iteration for duplicate detection was released here: https://www.blisshq.com/music-library-management-blog/2018/04/27/release-20180424/ .

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      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I'm in. No doubt file selected for deletion should be sent to a 'trash can" for additional scrutiny before committing them to deletion. It would also be nice to have the folder structure to browse 'where they came from' like dupeGuru.

        -john

      • Thomas Lenzen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I do agree and would like to go a bit further. It is not only duplicates, it is also possible that you do not have enough files, i.e. the album should have 12 tracks but in reality are in the scanned directory only 11 tracks. Bliss will not recognize that fact and still flag the result as "compliant" which of course is the incorrect result. As fingerprinting is been used it should flag the result as non-compliant, that would allow the user at least to check manually and correct the issue i.e. add the missing file or select a different release of the album.

      • Guy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I wholeheartedly support Dan's work and have found his Bliss to be the best of a number of music library fixers I have tried. Until he implements this I can thoroughly recommend a few OSX applescripts that embed into iTunes for removing dead tracks, empty directories, adding lost files and creating a list of duplicates you can then trawl through to delete as you wish - at $2 USD each they have saved me & my library after first cleaning them up with Bliss. https://dougscripts.com/

      • Fred Larsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would like to clarify that I support this only:

        - For duplicate tracks within one album folder
        - To remove duplicate albums

        I think removal of duplicates of a track should be avoided in all other contexts, for example if the same track appears in a regular album and a collection. Removing a track from either is to destroy the album.

        I am more interested in finding and moving duplicate albums out of the collection, based on format and bit rate. Not in removing individual tracks.

      • Fred Larsen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        In my case I have perhaps 4 different versions of different albums -- flac, wav, high bitrate mp3, low bitrate mp3 etc. I must select one of the albums and open properties to check the bitrate, then go back and check the next until I find the best. Every time I play an album where there are mutiple versions.

        It would be fantastic to have Bliss make a list of duplicate albums (based on case-insensitive comparison of artist, album name and songs) and show quality/bit rate of that album (first song, average of songs or similar).

        In this list, making it possible to move a duplicate album to a "duplicate" folder with one click would be fantastic for getting control of my collection. Would then be efficient to sort out all the bad versions for deletion or archival. I would buy Bliss once more!

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Would buy in a heartbeat if this essential feature was included.
        When combining libraries, inevitably something always goes wrong with file transfer and worst still in OSX files stop transferring and you don't know which folders have been populated so you simply start again but then are lumbered with heaps of duplicate files.

      • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would have expected duplicate handling to be 'inside' Bliss as a no brainer or am I missing something?

      • jacobsamuel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Hello Goodday, I use a software called Duplicate Files Deleter, it's very easy to use and after it finds the duplicate files it lets you chose what you want to do with them (copy/delete/move). You can even check network files and you can check multiple paths in the same scan. This helps me alot. I hope you too.

      • Nick Hillier commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What does Bliss do if, when renaming files following the rules, two files end up with the same name?

      • AdminDan Gravell (Founder and programmer, bliss) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Jake, if you have the time it would be interesting to know if the fpcalc tool (the same fingerprinter bliss uses) generates the same fingerprint for the tapes and the other recordings: https://acoustid.org/chromaprint . If you get the chance, run fpcalc from the command line giving the music file as an argument. Copy and paste the results and send to support@blisshq.com ... if you don't get the time, don't worry ;)

      • jake commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It would be nice if Bliss could identify duplicates and let me decide what to do. My other half has songs from tape that sound awful as well as rips from CD of the same track. Or we have both ripped the CD and having two copies just confuses some players. I would like help finding all those low quality duplicates.

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