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Remove duplicate tracks from Sonos Playlist?


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I've been adding songs I like to a Sonos Playlist. I've just realised I've ended up with a number of duplicate tracks. I naively though that the software would be intelligent enough to not list the same track twice within a playlist. How can I resolve this? I've got too many to manually scroll through and delete. This might be possible if you could sort your playlist by artist or alphabetically, but these are not options either...

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Agreed, but they already include the artist so hopefully they could continue to do so. You could then still sort by Song Name and see that the artist is either the same or different. Of course, one could argue that the same artist have varying versions of the same song, but for the vast majority of the users, that would be such an insignificant number of the duplicates that they could re-add a different version by that artist if they choose.
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And songs with the same title that are different songs entirely or the same song by different artists?
You do not understand how Sonos works. Sonos goes and fetches what it plays - nothing is streamed to it. You are compiling a list of fetch files. How would you sort that alphabetically?

If you add the same track from a different source, the file path will be different and hence will not be a duplicate.


While this may be true, the fact of the matter is that the Song Name is the same from both sources and the Song Name is obviously known as it is presented in the app regardless of source. Therefore, if we had the ability to sort by Song Name, we would be able to identify the duplicate entries, regardless of source, and eliminate them as deisired. Heck, to take it one step further, the source can be appended to the song name so that you would know from which source you would be deleting. Perhaps I am missing something, but as a former developer and one who currently leads a number of development teams, on the surface, this does not seem to be that difficult. The question becomes, where in the priority queue does this request land...
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You do not understand how Sonos works. Sonos goes and fetches what it plays - nothing is streamed to it. You are compiling a list of fetch files. How would you sort that alphabetically?

If you add the same track from a different source, the file path will be different and hence will not be a duplicate.
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I'd like to chime in on this request to provide a popup warning if you are adding a duplicate to a sonos playlist. And it would also be extremely helpful to be able to sort the playlist alphabetically. Since I'm creating playlist that aggregate songs from streaming services and my own library, simply creating an iTunes playlist and importing is not a solution for me. Come on, Sonos!
Why not try Duplicate Files Deleter. It will do a thorough search of your hard disk and find out the two or more duplicate files of the same file which may be stored at different locations. It will give you a comprehensive list of all those files and you can decide for yourself what you want to do with them. It's easy to use.
I would like to delete some songs from my Android playlist on Sonos.

You can. Load the playlist to the queue, edit the queue, then save the queue back to the playlist.
I would like to delete some songs from my Android playlist on Sonos.

You can. Load the playlist to the queue, edit the queue, then save the queue back to the playlist.
I would like to delete some songs from my Android playlist on Sonos.
Sonos... I just received a Play 1 on my Birthday. Sounds terrific. I use an Android and have the version 7 Sonos Controller for Android.

As with many users in this forum, I ended up with duplicates in my first playlist. I was able to figure out how to remove a duplicate, so perhaps this is a recent new feature.

1) Open the list of playlists
2) Open the playlist that has duplicates to remove
3) Tap the three dot menu on the upper right of the screen

- select "Edit Playlist" in the menu.
4) Tap the "remove/delete" icon to the left of the song(s).


5) Tap "Done"

I could also rearrange the playlist order while in the edit mode with a long press on the right-hand side

of the song and dragging up or down.

This does not solve the problem of sorting the playlist by title, or artist or genre or track number, all of which would be very useful for huge playlists. Sonos, how is it that this request has been made and nearly three years later, this is not an option? Luckily, my first playlist only has about 100 songs, and I knew the duplicates were at the end of the list.

I would also like to be able to save my playlists for backup or be able to export a playlist to a file.

If we could export and import Sonos playlists, and those files were simple structures, we could at least sort, edit, rearrange, etc. etc. in any text editing app.

Keep innovating, improving and your customers will sell this for you!
late 2016 ... still an issue .. Speakers are Extraordinary ... App is utter Garbage .. I am perplexed at how a company could spend so much time making a great speaker only to have it controlled by something a student could make better

Not able to remove duplicates from a playlist ... Was that meeting missed by your flippin product designers
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Hi, If you've got multiple instances of the same track in your queue list, you can remove the duplicates manually or simply clear the queue list to create a clean sample. We strive to continuously improve the user experience of Sonos and would love to hear about your ideas: https://ask.sonos.com/sonos/topics/new
Are you kidding, J. Gunnar?  There are 1200 songs on my playlist.  You're telling me Sonos' best solution is for me to spend weeks cross-referencing the songs and deleting duplicates?  Or just clear every song out of a playlist I have carefully created over a long period of time? 

I have never seen a company make so many excuses to avoid doing a little work to improve its product -- particularly in the face of the hundreds of customers asking for a sort function.  Sonos, this is pathetic.  Every other music service can do this, why can't you??
Same problem here, I find it really difficult to believe that I cant sort my playlist or queue alphabetically, Christ its 2015. Is there a petition on line somewhere to get the functionality added?
I spent a good couple of hours updating my playlist yesterday and i know there will be duplicates, this thread has been going on for two years now and still they haven't created a fix. I love my SONOS and have it all around the house costing me lots of money. Sort it out SONOS, it can't be that hard.
Come on Sonos give us a break, please make EASY to delete songs on our playlists. This is crazy!!
Come on Sonos, it's such a simple and must have feature.
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Wow. I'm really baffled by this thread. I was just trying to do exactly what the OP wanted to do, but can't. Absolutely nuts!
have to admit, given up on sonos playlist, I make mine on iTunes, far superior then import it into sonos.

it is even easier to play your music through windows media and total forget about sonos software. its a shame that a great bit of kit has software that struggles to reach adequate level 
If it doesn't come soon I'll ask my 12 year old to write the code for them. This reminds me of a company I worked for as a kid. Handful of employees working out of a basement, importing hardware from China, with no say in product design. Sonos needs to grow out of that phase, and fast. Since I bought my speakers much more has become possible from real companies and competitors.
Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.

But what if my Sonos playlist is made up of various streaming sites?
Spotify/JB Now/Soundcloud and Hype Machine.
I don't really want to have to download all these songs to my computer to make a new playlist to then import it in.
Also as I live with 2 other people it's easier for us to use the streaming services in case someone takes their computer with them
Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.

If you have to do a factory reset and you lose them all, you'll wish you did what I told you 🙂. Your choice, but a playlist of 1000 entries or so can be done over a few days wo/ much problem, and then you have your precious backup in place.
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Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.

Manually copying playlists with over 1,000 entries? Chances of doing that without making errors are quite slim. To say the least. I'd like Sonos to take their responsability in this matter.
Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.

Take an afternoon/evening off and move all those playlists over to an iTunes library manually. Tedious but you have no other choice from what I can see. You'll be happy ever after 🙂
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Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.

You're right. But my situation is different, as I created many Sonos play lists over the years. And I'd like to be able to back them up and import them for safety reasons.
Guys, forget about Sonos playlists. If you create a new iTunes library (press alt + click on iTunes logo on mac), you can add your music in there, add playlists and as long as the library is accessible via a shared folder to Sonos, it will take the playlists from there and put them into "Imported Playlists" and it will update them. That way, you use iTunes to manage your playlists, it checks for duplicates, you can export them...etc.