Tenorshare Music Cleanup Review

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  • Clean and intuitive UI
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Everyone with a strong taste for music eventually share a problem: not enough space. Instead of resorting to the natural solution of filtering songs, users may opt for Tenorshare's Music Cleanup for a simpler one, by finding and removing duplicates automatically.

This highly intuitive software application is relatively new on the market, and it comes with two modes for identifying music: scanning custom folders and removing duplicates from the disk, or looking into the iTunes library to delete entries from.

The app comes with other useful settings as well, like an ID3 tags editor and automatic filler.

The trial version of Music Cleanup does not impose major restrictions, since there is no expiration date.

It just limits the user to get ID3 tags for 10 songs, a feature that does not affect the primary goal: finding and removing duplicates. Unlocking the complete edition costs $29.95 / €24.

The main application window contains minimalistic visual elements and it is extremely simple to get around. Two buttons are accessible in the upper right corner of the screen, enabling users to toggle between the two cleaning modes: iTunes music, or files on the hard disk. The supported audio formats are MP3, M4A, APE, AAC, FLAC, WMA, WAV and OGG.

Scanning for audio files in the iTunes library automatically opens the Apple application if it isn't already. The music files appear almost instantly in the results list in a thumbnail view, along with their cover art (if any). There are two viewing modes available: thumbnail and detailed (includes tags), while songs are broken down into three categories: "All," "Undefined songs" (with missing tags), and "Duplicate songs."

For each duplicate item found, Tenorshare highlights in red the total occurrences of the file (including the original one). The right side of the frame lists each identified item and automatically selects the duplicates for deletion (except for one to keep). Shown information includes the files' name, format, quality, song length, and tags. It is possible to open a track's location in Windows Explorer, as well as to load it in a built-in audio player (more details become available, such as sample rate and file size).

Users have the possibility of customizing the duplicates selection before clearing everything with the click of a button. Changes are immediately mirrored in the iTunes library. It is important to keep in mind that cleared duplicates are not removed from the hard disk in this case.

The secondary module dedicated to cleaning local audio duplicates can work with files from any location accessible from Explorer. The principle is the same, and files/folders can be added to the scanner using either the file browser or drag-and-drop support. Clearing duplicates means removing them from the drive.

In addition, Music Cleanup is able to fetch online information for missing tags, provided that it manages to identify it. If the results are not satisfactory, these details can be manually edited when it comes to the tracks' title, artist, album, genre, year and track number. Images can be applied to the artwork as well, as long as they have the PNG, XPM or JPG format.

The Good

Tenorshare Music Cleanup is compatible with Windows XP through 8 and 8.1, both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. The clean and intuitive interface makes it accessible to novice users. Help documentation is available.

Scanning the iTunes library or local files is done almost instantly, and the program retrieves accurate song information from online sources. Its built-in media player and tag editor make Music Cleanup quite attractive.

The Bad

The program takes into account only file names for detecting duplicates and disregards other details like size or audio quality. For example, it cannot identify the same file with different names by verifying existing ID3 tags or MD5 checksums. This also means that different tracks that happen to have the same name will be automatically selected for deletion.

In several scan jobs, we had to repeat the duplicate deletion process in both iTunes and local music modes in order to apply the new changes. Tag changes in the iTunes library are not always immediately registered (sometimes it is necessary to restart Music Cleanup).

Additional important settings are missing, such as a search function, skin customization, multiple languages, as well as the possibility of making the program fetch missing tags to apply them to all tracks at once.

The Truth

Those looking for a straightforward application for deleting audio tracks with duplicate names in the iTunes library and on the disk may look no further. However, more experienced users will mostly likely realize that Tenorshare Music Cleanup's features do not validate its price. It must also be taken into account that the program is new, so there's plenty of room for improvement.

NOTE: For giveaway information, visit Tenorshare Music Cleanup's giveaway page.

user interface 4
features 3
ease of use 5
pricing / value 3

final rating 3
Editor's review