Music shows duplicate songs but physically there are no duplicates...Support


  1. goochklok

    goochklok New Member

    So I recently installed the AOKP ICS ROM and now for the past month it shows in my music that I have 4 of every single song I have but only the 4th song of every set of duplicates actually plays and when I check it on the computer it only shows one of each song and I only have one music folder and i manually put all of my music from my computer to my phone I have no syncing apps on either my phone or computer so it's not trying to sync my music or anything and I put all of the exact copies of the music on my samsung galaxy tab 2 and they show up just fine and I have no problems. I have deleted all of my songs several times and recopied them from both my computer and my phone and its the same problem. This is extremely frustrating!!! Does anyone know why this is happening? I have googled this problem but every post I found the person was using a syncing app or program and none of the solutions applied to my problem...

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  2. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    I would guess that something in the copy or play process is putting a shortcut to the original song in a hidden folder, which android puts in the media list when the files are scanned.
  3. goochklok

    goochklok New Member

    Hmmm that seems about right. and i just fixed it. i used the ID3 fixer app and fixed the database and it put all of the duplicates or shortcuts or whatever in a separate album and the actual songs themselves in their own albums and i was able to delete them album by album. and apparently they were very small files so them being shortcuts is the only thing that makes sense. I don't know what caused it but it is fixed now for the time being.
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  4. lunatic59

    lunatic59 Moderati ergo sum Moderator

    Just out of curiosity, were they in the same root folder or hidden somewhere?
  5. goochklok

    goochklok New Member

    I have no idea, they didn't show up anywhere when i looked through my files both on my computer and from the phone...and i have my computer set to where i can see hidden files so i should have been able to see em. I could only see them through music apps.
  6. theskid

    theskid New Member

    please help im haveing the same problem except the repeated files wont play and id3tag fixer did not fix the problem im on ics 4.0.4 galaxy s2 but it is not rooted? is there anyway i can delete the database and start from scratch?
  7. LoafPincher

    LoafPincher Well-Known Member

    Fixed the duplicates by doing this:

    Goto Settings > Apps > Media Storage, select Clear Data, then Reboot.

    Using AOKP, but it should work with the stock rom.
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  8. DamionSipher

    DamionSipher New Member

    Thank you!
    This worked like a charm. I was having the same issue and your post saved me a lot of time and hassle.
    Cheers! :beer:

    P.S. I am on the stock rom.
  9. BillyMac1

    BillyMac1 New Member

    On my skyrocket with ICS,

    Goto Setting > Applications > All > Media Storage, select Clear Data, then Reboot.

    This fixes things for the 3 music player apps that I have.
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  10. TheAwesomeOne

    TheAwesomeOne New Member

    Thank you for the resolution. Besides music this was happening with pictures and movies. With a 64gb micro sd I had a few thousand broken duplicates. I've wiped the phone so many times. I still would like to know what is causing this.
  11. roscoetsc

    roscoetsc New Member

    I would just like to say thank you to Billy Mac 1 for his solution to duplicate files on my acer a100 it was driving me nuts. Thanks a lot.
  12. StErMi

    StErMi New Member

    Hi guys, do you know what could throw this bug?

    Because many user of our (music) application is reporting this problem so I need to understand:

    - what could raise this problem
    - how can I fix this problem

    do you know it?
  13. SSHollywood

    SSHollywood New Member

    I had this ::: SAME ::: problem on two of my new SkyRockets! First time, I ended up removing all of the music and then having to go back and replace each individual album cover to better quality 'album cover picture' (2 hours worth of tedious work, after I spent 3.5 hours the first time - 30 days prior). Then it happened again on my 2nd Skyrocket! Super annoying!!!!!!!!! I'm wondering if I should have just deleted the extra songs to save my album cover art . Ridiculous and I'm sure this won't be the last for either phone .... ugh.
  14. mvi57

    mvi57 Active Member

    You can try to clear this up by doing this:

    Go into Manage Apps
    Clear data for DRM, Media Scanner, and your music player (this may reset settings in your music player so record them before you do this)
    Reboot the phone

    Media Scanner will run when you reboot, and it may take a while to scan all the media on the phone.

    I've used this to clear up the duplicate entries in Player Pro - this happens sometime when I flash a new ROM and have to wipe the phone before flashing. I use Titanium Backup to restore data for apps, and I sometimes end up with duplicate entries for songs in Player Pro.
  15. SSHollywood

    SSHollywood New Member

    Help? Anyone have an inkling why these Samsung Galaxy's phones are duplicating songs repeatedly even after we clear the cache? My own SkyRocket has done this twice in the last month (Nov) & the 2nd phone on my account is up 3 times this month (ugh). I use my wireless to access the internet on a reg basis, but the 2nd skyrocket on my plan has wireless and Data turned "off", so it's purely a phone, text and music player. It's so annoying. We have to keep resetting the caller and phone ringtones plus unique playlists too .. ugh. So much for 2 new phones (Sept 2012) with no issues. :(
  16. Firedog91902

    Firedog91902 New Member

    I noticed duplicates (or more) happen each time the microSD card is removed and re inserted. I suspect the device must be turned on without the card in place. Whatever the exact conditions, "media storage" adds the files as new even though identical file name already exist. Removing the microSD card to add new music via a desktop will cause this to happen under certain conditions. Thanks to LoafPincher for finding the fix.
  17. shane17

    shane17 Active Member

    I have had this happen many times on my galaxy note and what I do is I turn off phone, remove sd card then tur on phone and go to my music player and delete all the currents songs. Then turn off phone and put sd card in and then let the music player re add the music. The problem is this doesnt stop the phone from doing the duplicates again...

    So what is the problem ?? Iv noticed it happens when i plug my phone into my computer, perhaps its because of this. My phone also gives an error message sometimes when i plug into computer and tells me to download a service pack for my windows 7 computer. Could this be the problem? could a counterfeit windows be to blame?? anyone else having similar problems?

    I have been using drag and drop music to my phone, but now im wondering if i should delete everything on SD card and use AIR droid and send the music through wifi to my phone. maybe this will help.
  18. davidhaney

    davidhaney New Member

    Perfect Solution. Thank you very much. I spent about an hour trying to track down where those alias files were located so I could delete them but failed to find them so I did a Google search to see if anyone else had the same "duplicated" list of songs. Finding this thread was great. I simply cleared the data in the Media Storage app and those aliases are all gone. Thank you for the info.
  19. EGbeater

    EGbeater New Member

    Thanks very much to LoafPincher (and BillyMac1) for posting their fixes for this annoying duplicate/bogus file issue.

    I realize this thread is about the AT&T version of the Galaxy S2, but this fix worked on my Tmobile Galaxy S2 (SGH-T989)as well... the only minor glitch is that clearing data in Media Storage also wiped out the playlists I'd created in the phone's music player (but all my individual songs and albums were intact).
  20. hedystafford

    hedystafford New Member

    Yes deleting the data in the media storage works. Then after a little while the duplicates, triplicates etc reappear. This has happened to me on my (original) Galaxy Note with three different music transfer apps; two different music players; whether or not the transfer has been manual or synced, whether via USB or wireless; whether my phone is plugged in or not etc etc. It seems to me the bug is in the phone and needs FIXING!!! Help!
  21. puzlid

    puzlid Member

    Thanks worked a treat.
  22. Mnrogar

    Mnrogar New Member

    I tried this, I have no more duplicates but my ringtones/alerts were reset and I get an annoying repeating "beep" sound every time I get a text message on top of the tone I have set... That "beep" is very similar to what I get when my TV cant read an ext hard drive because it need an extra usb cable (y splitter) to power the drive.

    That "beep" sounds like a system sound but it is muted when the phone is in silent mode.
  23. ethan_flook10

    ethan_flook10 New Member

    Does it matter if you have the SD card in or not???
  24. LoafPincher

    LoafPincher Well-Known Member

    AFAIK, it shouldn't matter.

    The reset is normal, but I'm not sure what to make of the beep. I don't think anyone else has experienced that issue. Are you using the stock messaging app or a 3rd party app like Handcent?
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  25. Mnrogar

    Mnrogar New Member

    I have Handcent, uninstalled it and still get the beep.

    Now I have that beep and my music started getting duplicated again.

    Saw there was a new firmware available through Kies, will have to try that next. :/

    Oh and I lost all my text messages today... no idea whats going on...

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