iTunes 11 Update Restores Duplicate Item Search

iTunes 11 just got a minor update, but the new software is worth installing thanks to a key feature that's now back. Apple has restored the missing Show Duplicate Items option under the View menu. The feature was previously labeled Display Duplicates and was located under the File menu in iTunes 10.

iTunes 11.0.1 update

As you can imagine, the option shows all of the songs that are duplicated by artist and song name in your Music library. Besides just the duplicate search, Apple has also improved iTunes with AirPlay, iTunes Match and other stability improvements and bug fixes. Those who need to search a large library should also see faster response times.

iTunes 11 brought a completely new user interface and ditched the Cover Flow option entirely. iCloud integration is much improved, with playback syncing making it possible pick up where you left off listening on different devices. Other highlights include a new MiniPlayer, which shows off album art and provides search functionality in a smaller space. iTunes 11 also makes it possible to snap a photo of a physical gift card to redeem.

From Apple:

This update to the new iTunes addresses an issue where new purchases in iCloud may not appear in your library if iTunes Match is turned on, makes iTunes more responsive when searching a large library, fixes a problem where the AirPlay button may not appear as expected, and adds the ability to display duplicate items within your library. This update also includes other important stability and performance improvements.

iTunes 11.0.1 can be downloaded for free.



it still fails to reinstate the artwork column in list view, which is version 11's greatest flaw. If you could manually reorder alums in Artist view, that would be good, but you can't, so sorry Apple. Version 11 is a big fat FAIL.

And for some strange reason I have a lot of my play counts re-set to zero in iTunes 11, which is really annoying. In the last played column there's a date, but then in the play count column- nothing. WTF.

The "Show Duplicate Items" feature sucks in iTunes 11. I wish there was a way to view only duplicates on the hard drive without accounting for the tracks in iCloud. In previous versions of iTunes this was possible.