Many of us get our music from the internet. For people like me who download music a lot, there is a good chance that our download or music folder has many duplicate music files. These duplicates are merely cluttering our hard drive – keeping them is
a waste of storage space. Steps should be taken to remove these redundant audio files so we can reclaim our valuable disk space.
Manually searching for duplicates will become a very tedious job. That is why Similarity was created.
Similarity is a freeware program sized at nearly 1 MB; the application is compatible with Windows. Currently available languages of Similarity are English, French, German, Spanish, Russian, Czech, and Bosnian.
The application helps us find and remove duplicate musical files in MP3, WMA, OGG, WAV, FLAC, APE, WV, and MPC formats. Similarity hunts duplicates by comparing files’ sound content, in addition to comparing sizes of files and their tags (supported music tags are ID3, WMF, and Vorbis).
The searching criteria can be modified. We can change the search sensitivity level; this way we are choosing to point out absolute duplicates or files that are just similar in some ways. When we finally get the list of duplicate files, we can browse and choose to delete the duplicates.
In conclusion, Sensitivity is a tiny Windows application that does a good job of cleaning our system of duplicate audio files. By using it, we can organize our music better as well. Give Sensitivity a try and let us know in the comments what you think.