I have been using Roon for about a week.
When I first started importing music, I just wanted to import individual albums, one at a time. I wanted to get a feel for the software before I imported my whole library. I didn’t see any way to import files other than creating “watched folders”. So, I went ahead and did that. I created a watched folder that just included one album. For example:
ASUS VIVO PC->C->Users->laric->Music->13th Floor Elevators->Easter Everywhere
I did this with probably 100 albums. Now, I want to start importing more files at once. So, I’ve started to import whole artist folders. For example:
ASUS VIVO PC->C->Users->laric->Music->13th Floor Elevators
What I’ve noticed is that Roon is starting to create duplicates. These are not duplicates created because of different versions of an album, but duplicate albums created from the same exact files. As far as I can see, this is because Roon is “watching” two different folders. The album folder, and the broader artist folder.
If I have already set an album folder to be watched, and try to set it again, Roon gives me a warning, telling me this folder has already been imported. However, if I set the broader artist folder to be watched, and one of the included album folders has already been imported, Roon doesn’t give me a warning. It seems strange that it wouldn’t detect that an included subfolder has already been imported, and give me a warning.
So, I would like to go ahead and set my whole music folder to be “watched”:
ASUS VIVO PC->C->Users->laric->Music
However, my fear is that Roon will create a bunch of duplicates, because it is already set to watch a lot of the subfolders in the Music folder. The duplicates automatically get “hidden”, so I don’t see them when browsing. But it’s kind of annoying to have them there. Is there any way I can prevent this from happening? It seems that Roon should detect that I am trying to import files that I have already imported.
Secondly, is there any way to rid my library of duplicates that are created from identical files? Obviously, I don’t want to delete the album, as that would delete the actual files.