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Find missing files in iTunes 10
Authored by: interlard on Sep 08, '10 10:55:08AM

This fix was a long time coming, for people with any more than the simplest music folder setup (which should be everyone, but the world just doesn't work that way).

Another method to fix your broken iTunes folder is to remove all the songs from iTunes (select all your music in iTunes and hit delete--this makes iTunes forget about them but doesn't actually delete the files). Then drag your music folder into the middle of the iTunes window and it will re-import the songs (check your iTunes preferences to make sure what *it* thinks is your music folder is what you think it is, otherwise it might make copies... if the "copy files" preference is set. Oh iTunes, why are you so complicated?).

Then go make some tea/coffee because this takes a little while.



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Find missing files in iTunes 10
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 08, '10 12:23:34PM
Another method to fix your broken iTunes folder is to remove all the songs from iTunes...
And if you use this technique, don't forget to say goodbye to your lyrics, ratings, play and skip counts (and any non-embedded artwork). These are managed by iTunes' database and do not travel with a file. Thus if you delete a track from the database, those items disappear. The great thing about "Locate" is that the meta-data will be preserved.
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Find missing files in iTunes 10
Authored by: morespace54 on Sep 08, '10 01:22:28PM
That's interesting...
I thought I was going insane with all those sudden missing files.

With both comments of lullabud and interlard, I realized I've never looked at my iTunes Music folder location (in iTunes pref) since I set-up my iTunes a few years ago... Could it be that some update changed the the Music location folder from "~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Music" to "~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Media/Music/" without (correctly) updating the files paths?

Edited on Sep 08, '10 01:25:13PM by morespace54


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