Song Sergeant for Mac finds and removes duplicate songs in your iTunes library and iTunes Media folder, using a robust and highly customizable analyzer. In addition to dealing with duplicates, this app also intelligently selects the appropriate labels in the songs' metadata.
The trial edition of Song Sergeant for Mac can only detect song duplicates, but not fix them. To test the app, we let it search for song duplicates with the default settings, but it did not manage to find all the duplicates we deliberately introduced. Only after we tweaked the app's preferences were we able to use the app effectively. The app gets a thumbs up for being quick, though, as the analysis, itself, took little time, scanning 200 songs in less than a minute. Unlike the average duplication detection results, the app was able to find all introduced name inconsistencies, although it failed to suggest the correct name on one occasion. As far as orphaned and missing songs are concerned, Song Sergeant for Mac performs flawlessly, removing deleted songs from iTunes and adding missing ones to the library.
If you're searching for a tool to help you organize your iTunes library and Media folder, you should give Song Sergeant for Mac a try. But to use it effectively you will have to invest some time in changing the app preferences, because out of the box it cannot effectively find and remove duplicates.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Song Sergeant for Mac 1.3.
Don't you hate seeing the same band, album, or song listed multiple times in your library? Song Sergeant intelligently identifies and removes duplicates, renames inconsistently named artists and albums, reunites orphaned song files to your library, and deals with missing song files. Song Sergeant will whip your music library into shape in no time. Song Sergeant is uniquely capable of merging song files together instead of just crudely deleting extras, letting you keep the best song information and best audio quality even if they're from different song files. Among Song Sergeant's unique features, it will choose the best name from inconsistent artists and album titles, will carefully replace instances of unkept songs in playlists with the ones that are kept, preserves "Last Played" dates, and merges play counts. Sensible preset settings which will please most users, but power users can precisely control what is considered a duplicate and what song information and audio data to prefer, either by changing Song Sergeant's rules or by manually selecting what they want to keep. In addition, users can easily preview songs and browse through related track information and artwork in order to ensure that they're keeping exactly what they want in their libraries.