Wicked Fun NOT


Fun is well, Fun. Rollercoasters, haunted houses, hay rides (oops dating myself) and reading a good book. Fun is the movies with popcorn/soda and trying to forget the fact you paid $40.00 for the privilege.

Fun is not trying to fix iTunes. I consider myself pretty computer savvy. Meaning I don’t fry my hard drive on a regular basis or jaunt about the internet without virus protection to the nth degree.

But, iTunes continues to mess with me. Hubby got me a terabyte hard drive backup (yummy!) and at christmas a new desktop computer came my way. Yes, I am spoiled this I freely admit. ~cheesy grin~ So, over the course of the last three months I have tried to put all my songs and audiobooks onto Itunes on my new computer. Did it work? NO!!

It duplicates, or it won’t upload and trying to get it to copy a playlist from one computer to the other, forget it. The files got doubled to the point where I almost, almost, erased everything and started over. Then I got scared. What if I deleted something I didn’t have backed up?

So, here I sit, with 70 billion duplicates on iTunes and no clear way to fix it besides going through each and every album. I have a lot on iTunes, close to 100 gigs of music and audiobooks. I love me some music! LOL!

I am asking for help here. I know the duplicates on iTunes will pick out duplicate names but, it will show songs/same artist/different albums as duplicates. ARRGH! Please, for the sake of my sanity and the continued well-being of my hard drive capacity, any ideas for deleting duplicates would be most welcome! ~waiting with bated breath~

Does anyone else have problems with iTunes? What kind of issues do you have?

Thanks for stopping by……

P.S.  I would like to thank everyone who commented here or tweeted or facebooked words of encouragement over the last few weeks. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.


About Shellie Sakai

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31 Responses to Wicked Fun NOT

  1. Karen DeLabar says:

    Technology scares me, honestly. I know in this day and age it’s supposed to be everyone’s best friend, but it’s not mine – not by a long shot. I’ve tried to do things on the computer and it just laughs at me. I call my husband in to help me and the second he’s within sight of the computer it starts to work. At first it was great, now it’s annoying and I’m starting to become suspicious of the two of them. 😉

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      I would definately be suspicious! It sounds like that old Alfred Hitchcock movie “Gaslight”. LOL!

      My husband just hands it to me and says “Its broke”. Our first computer he laid a baseball bat next to it and said “I will hurt you if you don’t do what I want!” Of course he was talking to the computer and of course it did not listen!

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. haha I’m an IT student, but even I steer clear of iTunes and Mac products, because they lead to nothing but trouble. We had to use Macs for some of our film effects subjects, and we got so used to the “This program has encountered an unexpected error and closed suddenly” message that we were no longer surprised when they crashed, losing all our work; we just went into our own little world, fantasising about throwing Steve Jobs into a pond full of piranhas.

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      I love it! Piranhas! Yes, where and when would you like me to join the party?

      iTunes is supposed to be so user friendly. But, this last upgrade or version or whatever just crashes whenever I open it. Sucks, but there you go. If I want an iPod, and I love my ipod, I just have to deal.

      Thanks for the comment. 😀

  3. I’m so far behind the times….I don’t do iTunes! I have asked my man to get me some tunes off of Amazon Music Marketplace though. Notice, I didin’t do it….I asked him to!

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      Hubby is working in California right now, so when he has a tech problem I am the tech support center. I sometimes pretend to have an accent just to make him feel better….

      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Shellie, that’s a lot of music! I can’t help you with iTunes, but would love to know who your current favorite musician is. 🙂

    And that darned spider made me jump again!

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      I like a lot of different music, except rap. Just can’t get into it. Old favs are Beatles, Lovin’ Spoonful, Steely Dan to name some. New favs are Finger Eleven, Linkin Park, Katy Perry, Christina Agularia, Counting Crows and many more. A lot of the space is audiobooks. I like listening to a book and being able to do other things like housework, yuck!

      Thanks for stopping by and I will give the spider more fish!

  5. iTunes drives me nuts. For a while it was the only way to get my Audible audio books onto disc to listen to in the car. Now I only need to use it to raise my blood pressure. I have downloaded the odd tv show, but find the video play quality dubious even when the whole thing is downloaded and on the pc. Leave Mac programs on Macs, I say….

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      I agree. It freezes more that it stays stable. And it duplicates songs like a bunny on viagra!

      Glad I am not the only one in this boat….. 😀

  6. I was thinking about trying iTunes to down load a couple of tv shows but now everyone is making me think twice about that.

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      It will work if you use it for small things. On a pc iTunes just doesn’t fare well. It doesn’t like not being on an Apple computer. Once you get the music/show back on an iPod it works great again. I guess Damian is right, Mac programs on Mac computers.

      Thanks for the comment!

  7. Angela Scott says:

    I wish I could help, but it sounds an awful like something I would do myself. Usually, I just ask my hubby (he’s an IT guy). Good luck. Hopefully someone will have the answer you’re looking for. Have you tried calling an Apple store? When I had some issues with my son’s ipod I went to the store and they solved it. Maybe give that a try.


    • Shellie Sakai says:

      No I think the Apple store people would say “Using a PC? Need to switch to an Apple”. And I am tech support in our house! LOL!

      I was hoping to find a program that will pick out duplicates but, I have the same problem with the iTunes program. It looks at song title then artist then album. If you have a lot of the same artist (like me) then you get some repeated songs.

      Thanks for trying Angela. Appreciate it!

  8. amyshojai says:

    I don’t do iTunes. Got enough problems with the CD player, LOL! Oh, and the landline phone is turning a bright crimson Cyclops eye at me…no dial tone. Again. Every !@#$%^ time it rains. NOT happy.

    At least the blackberry still works and the dsl line. To me, “tech savvy” = on/off switch.

  9. Shellie Sakai says:

    Well, I am pretty tech savvy. My husband is the =on/off guy. I didn’t say this in my post but I think I shot myself in the foot. I got his 77 yr old mom an iPod for Mother’s Day. So she can listen to iTunes on the treadmill.

    Yikes! I have created a monster, me thinks!

    Thanks for stopping by Amy. Appreciate it!

  10. Kerry Meacham says:

    I wish I could help Shellie. My wife and I spent the better part of last Sunday trying to figure out why the stupid iTunes would sync with her iPhone on her old computer but not her newer one. I cussed, ranted, raved, and threw things in frustration. Uhhh, then I realized that, uh, well, er, SHE HAD TWO ITUNE ACCOUNTS UNDER DIFFERENT EMAIL ADDRESSES. SO, WHEN DID YOU DO THAT HONEY? Hangs head in hands and bites tongue before saying something he’ll regret. Then I had it fixed in literally less than two minutes. I know how frustrating this type of things can be for those of us that know a little about computers, but not enough to fix them when they don’t act like we want them to. I hope you’re able to get your information the way you want it.

  11. Kerry Meacham says:

    Oh, oh, oh, Mr. Cotter **raises hand** – “Have you tweeted it with hashtags for iTunes?” I’ll bet you’ll get some good responses.

    • Shellie Sakai says:

      Ooooh good idea. I will do that this afternoon. Have appts. this morning so will have to be unplugged. 😦

      Yes, I know all about the frustration of helping someone. I was tech support for his dad and my mom for several years. The bad part was hubby didn’t understand why I couldn’t just say the “magic words” and solve their issues.
      Ugh! Now, he has been helping his dad and realizes that over the phone tech support, not so much fun!

      And Arnold Horshack was my fav on the cast! So welcome back Mr. Kotter!

  12. I came to say I’d love to offer help, but can’t figure out how to delete duplicates on iTunes either! 😦 What I learned is I’m not alone. Thanks for letting me know I’m not alone in the land of the techi lost.

  13. Syd Gill says:

    Shellie, there’s a solution! We recently did a drive swaparoo and had the same problem. My hubs downloaded a program that basically cleaned everything up and made sure everything was named right/had album info/etc. it’s fantastic! Only I can’t remember the name! Will ask hubs and get back to you!

    • Syd Gill says:

      Okay, talked to hubs. He says the program he used he didn’t like very much, but I found this one: https://www.rinsemymusic.com/

      And if you do a search for “clean up duplicate itunes” you get a whole lot of options.

      And in regards to playlists — I think they’re finicky. Mine never worked right from computer to computer. But I also didn’t try and troubleshoot. They playlists were short enough that I could just create a new one. But you should definitely export the playlist as an XML? file and then add it to your new computer by adding a new playlist, find file, etc…

      • Shellie Sakai says:

        Thank you! I am going to go to the website and check it out right now. And YEAH! thanks for the tip on the playlists. I am pretty tech savvy but, sometimes am too nervous to fool around in a program that holds so much data. To replace all of my music and audiobooks would be heartbreaking, not to mention bank breaking, LOL!

        Thanks again, and have a great Easter!

        PS> Tell Hubby I said Thank you!

        • Syd Gill says:

          Hey no prob! I love tech stuff and hubs used to be a computer programmer so I have my own tech nerd on call — hee hee (he hates computers now, btw :D)

          Definitely DO NOT delete everything/replace stuff — I will help you get this figured out, even if the programs don’t work! Cause I’m think there may be another way…you have everything backed up, right?

          Let me know how it’s going, okay?

          • Shellie Sakai says:

            I do have it all backed up – probably in triplicate! LOL! I can open up a column brower that will view the albums or artist or genre. So I can flip through the albums and find duplicates.

            I tried to download rinsemymusic and Norton said “Danger, Danger, Will Robinson” (sorry for the flash back). So Norton wouldn’t let me download it.

            Yeah, deleting is NOT what I want to do. I am afraid something will get lost in the shuffle ~grins~. Any and all help is greatly appreciated!

            • Syd Gill says:

              Did Norton give you another reason besides Danger? LOL.

              You could try: http://download.cnet.com/8301-2007_4-9992050-12.html

              • Shellie Sakai says:

                Norton said that there was an embedded virus. Yuck! I tried the program in the blog you sent me. It will not recognize that same song/same artist/different album is not a duplicate per se.
                Arggh! I am so pulling my hair out here! Thank you Syd for all of your help. I hate that you are taking time out of your busy schedule to do this for me. I am waving the white flag and will just do it manually. I created this mess so I guess I need to crawl through it and fix it. Thanks again, sweetie, I really appreciate all of your help. 😀

              • Syd Gill says:

                Sorry, I didn’t see this message — I didn’t get a notification 😦

                I’m not ready to give up yet! Any progress?

  14. Jenny Hansen says:


    I’ll confess I read this blog at all my (many) traffic stops this morning and I could not WAIT until I got home to see the pics. 🙂

    Great post!

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