Sort and organize media files with Mediapurge

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If you have a download folder full of photos and music, Mediapurge can help you sort files and even remove duplicates, but beware of its quirks.

Mediapurge is a real jack of all trades. It sorts media into subdirectories based on file names or metadata, converts file names to reflect a uniform pattern, and removes duplicates from your hard disk. To detect duplicates, it analyzes content and even recognizes photos stored in different formats. If desired, the software synchronizes your collection with a backup on an external hard drive. Plus, it can convert a batch of audio files into another format.

Although the proprietary software originated in the Windows world, Mediapurge v6.61 introduces a free Linux version. If you are using Debian, Ubuntu, or one of their derivatives, you can download Mediapurge from the developers' repository using the commands in Listing 1. For a 32-bit system, replace archive with archive-i386.

For other distributions, download the appropriate tarball for your system [1], unpack it on your hard disk, change to the new usr/bin/ subdirectory, and call ./mediapurge from there. If the program prompts you for canberra-gtk-module at startup, install the libcanberra-gtk-module package via the software manager.

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