Regardless, for Mac users who prefer a pristine iTunes music library, there are utilities which help to keep it that way, and one of them is Song Sergeant. You know, as in ‘whip your music library into shape‘ much as a drill sergeant would do to a new recruit. At least, that’s the angle I think is being taken here.
Song Sergeant is one of those Mac utility apps which probably everyone who has an iTunes music library needs, but it’s not an app you’ll use everyday; maybe not every month, perhaps a few times a year, but more so if you buy, download, or rip music often.
iTunes has plenty of problems, and Song Sergeant reduces the pain each time its run. It finds and removes duplicate songs, merges song information so your metadata stays up to date.
iTunes on my Mac is loaded with playlists and Song Sergeant can even remove duplicates from those. Also, through the years I’ve added duplicates without knowing it as sometimes the songs and artists on each duplicate track have different names, and Song Sergeant gives you options to correct those.
It can discover orphaned songs, too. Those are songs that reside in the Mac’s Music folder but iTunes either lost them or can’t find them. Song Sergeant scans your iTunes library and the Music folder first, before making recommendations, but you’re always in control of changes it makes.
Now, as to problems with Apple’s new Music service, iCloud Music Library, and the latest version of iTunes (188.8.131.52; the one with the new icon), TechRadar has a list of the issues and some fixes.