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Any music software that reads tags is going to show these duplicates because they have the same album name in the tag. Nothing's being messed up as such. Itunes is just reporting the tag information it has within it's library.

When you purposefully duplicate those tracks to make hard copies just change the Album tag on those tracks to reflect your playlist name (e.g. "Mix tape 1" etc).

Alternatively, just create a playlist and burn the playlist to CD. No need to create physical copies.

If you're creating a set of tracks to physically move to another location. Create a playlist then export it to a folder outside of your library then move it to an external from there, or connect the external and export directly to that. That way you keep the playlist in iTunes for future use (updating etc) but you don't have to keep the physical tracks as duplicates.

Using this workflow will eliminate your need for physical duplicates and therefore maintain the integrity of the original album structure.

This 'workflow' will apply to most music library software. Not just iTunes.

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