iTunes help – finding ! (missing files)


iTunes help – finding ! (missing files)

The reason why I’m not doing anything on my projects right now is that I discovered that my Mac has decided (of course without bothering (a.k.a consulting) me) that it should start to backup my music library onto my harddrive! Wow, thanks; how considerate. Unfortunately I NEVER want to do that, and it chews through my harddrive space. So, I am currently deleting the songs that are on my harddrive and redirecting them to my external harddrive.

However, once you delete the source of a song in your iTunes, it will come up with a !

When you try to play this track a pop-up box says: “Cannot locate this file. Do you wish to locate it?” Or something along those lines. Now, when you have an extensive music library, these can be scattered throughout your library and you can easily miss these.

Grouping missing songs in iTunes

The quickest way to discover which songs have broken links in your iTunes is an easy three-step process!

1. Create a new playlist. Call this list “NOT MISSING”.
2. Go to the very top of iTunes and grab your library. Click and drag this to the NOT MISSING playlist.
3. Create a new smart playlist. Call it “MISSING”. The criterion is “Playlist is not NOT MISSING”

When you drag songs to a playlist, it will never copy missing songs into the playlist. This way, you will easily draw out all the non linked songs into the MISSING playlist.

Unfortunately, there is no easy way of recovering these missing files. If you have accidentally deleted these files, then you may have issues if you have not backed them up. However, if they simply are broken links (as in my case), when iTunes asks you to find the missing song, search through the directory until you come across the correct track. If you have multiple missing files, you may be lucky in that iTunes is able to find multiple tracks in that location; or you may be unlucky and have to do them all by hand. I have just moved 3,000 links and iTunes is being kind today and is doing them all at once for me!

Hopefully this has helped you to regain control over your library.

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