VLC media player is the firm favorite of music lovers when it comes to a computer app that is stable, secure, light on system resources and performs it’s job remarkably well. And that’s not all. VLC has designed a whole range of solutions for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Ubuntu, and the whole list is quite exhaustive.
VLC media player plays audio files, videos, DVDs, streaming sessions over the Internet, and even rips a CD. These are the might factors which have enabled it to successfully penetrate a market that had its own favorites. However, since the day VLC saw the light of the day, it is now a firm market leader and this trend shows no signs of cooling down as we speak. It is an open source software and is just about every ingredient packed in 1 package you would ask for a seamless session of treating yourself to the latest hits.
Media files on a computer can often get duplicated if they aren’t properly organized. When a user can’t find the movie they had planned to watch over the weekend, they will prefer downloading it off the Internet in all probabilities rather than spending a huge amount of time and sifting through tens of thousands of media content that is lying at multiple locations. And this problem threatens to snowball into a gigantic dragon very soon due to a large number of media files that are downloaded over time.
This is a serious issue and must be rectified at the earliest. Today we will be looking at how VLC media player facilitates the user in getting rid of duplicate media files from an in-house option. Later, we will also be looking at how users can make good use of a third-party software solution to delete duplicate VLC media files. So let’s get to the solutions.
Using VLC media player
VLC facilitates users in creating exhaustive playlists. This way users can add up media content from multiple locations across the computer, and then easily spot and identify any duplicates by simply examining the file names. This is a very simple and neat trick that promises to deliver results pretty quickly. However, the catch here is that this whole exercise relies heavily on the filename, rather than the content of the media file. This can lead to several media files mistaken to be duplicates of a single file and subsequently deleted. A perfect example of this case will be multiple tracks of a single album named in an identical format (e.g. Album Name – Artist).
When the user spots multiple files with a single name, they will think of them as duplicates and get rid of them instantly. This is a big drawback of this method and will be dealt with by the third-party solution we will mention later. Back to this method, the duplicate search can be further improved by comparing the duration of two (or more) media files that appear to be duplicate. There are maximum chances this method will help you spot those odd files that aren’t duplicated in reality. However, this method requires loads of time, energy and most importantly patience. It is best suited to those users who have a limited number of media files on their computer, as a small number of duplicates can be dealt with manually.
- Launch VLC media player and click Media | Open Multiple Files.
- In the File tab (which will be selected by default), click the Add button.
- Now you can use the Browse window to add up as many media files as you want (from multiple locations). Use the Shift + Arrow Keys combination to easily select multiple songs at once.
- Click Open once you’re done, to add all the tracks.
- Now click Play to play all the tracks in the playlist.
- You now need the playlist to show its content. Press the Ctrl + L keys shortcut to open up the playlist.
- Press the Title column head to sort all the songs alphabetically.
- Now you can easily spot the duplicates. Once you’ve found a file which you suspect is duplicate, right-click it and select Show Containing Folder to open up its location.
- Now you can easily delete the duplicate file and repeat this procedure for all duplicates.
Using Clone Files Checker
This is the third-party app we talked about earlier. Clone Files Checker is designed to weed out duplicates files from every nook an corner of the computer. It also helps users scan their Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive account for duplicates with the help of an uber-safe mechanism that promises safety, security and objectivity.
Coming back to the main theme, you can easily look for audio/ video files no matter which format they are in, no matter how deep they are located in the file hierarchy and even if they are sitting inside a compressed folder. And now the big one. This program does not consider the filename at all when looking for duplicates. It basically examines the hash of a file to determine if it is a duplicate or not, which is a widely followed industry practice. Download Clone Files Checker from here.
- Once you’ve installed the program, launch it.
- Use the Add button to add up as many locations you suspect might contain any duplicate media files.
- Next, click Start Search and sit back while the duplicate data details are gathered.
- Once the scan is over, you will get a summarized result on your screen that will detail out the number of duplicates detected as well as the hard disk space lost to them.
- Click the Select Duplicates button and choose which kind of file you would like to retain (from every duplicate group).
- The final step involves clicking Select Action and specifying if you want to permanently delete the duplicates or move them to a folder.
That’s it! Getting rid of duplicate music tracks can be this easier, yet comprehensive courtesy Clone Files Checker. Try it once and be prepared to be pleasantly shocked.