View Full Version : Itunes songs with exclamation points

Apr 24, 2006, 04:48 PM
I added all these songs into my new computer using my ipod.
But when I took the ipod out, none of the songs work. They all have an exclamation point next to them. I know this means that there is no actual music file in my itunes folder. I tried to add them again, but had no success. I don't have my ipod anymore, and I don't like all of those songs taking up space. Is there any way I can just delete the songs with the exclamation point next to them from my library and keep the rest of my music?

Apr 24, 2006, 04:53 PM
The exclamation mark can mean several things, not just a missing file. What's the exact message you see when you click on the exclamation mark?

Apr 24, 2006, 05:20 PM
Of course the songs won't work if the iPod isn't connected. The iPod is where the files are. iTunes cannot find the file and you get an exclamation point.

What you need to do is open preferences>advanced and click copy files to iTunes music folder. That will copy the songs to your hardrive.

Ok getting rid of the exclamation marks from your library? Hmm, if you added all of those songs at the same time I'd open Edit Menu>View Options and select Date Added. Hopefully all the songs with an exclamation mark were added at the same time. This should group them all together when you view your Library by "Date Added". Then select all the songs with exclamation points and hit delete. That should do it.

Apr 24, 2006, 06:06 PM
This may not be related, but I had a spat of this a few weeks ago when syncing to my iPod I started getting lots of errors and lots of exclamation points for songs and videos that have been in my library and on my iPod for years. (Yes, my iTunes library still lives on the Dell, sigh).

When I looked, I found the songs and videos still where they were supposed to be. Tried to re-add them manually and considered "consolidate library", but it kept telling me that the file didn't exist even though I could see it in WIndows explorer and was able to play the file in foobar2000. I tried to exit iTunes and restart it, but it wouldn't shut down. That's when I resorted to the three finger salute.

A simple reboot took care of all the funkiness, so I suspect that something got corrupted in RAM.


Apr 2, 2009, 02:18 PM
To remove all songs from the library that iTunes can't find the file for (a.k.a. the iTunes exclamation mark problem), you might want to try beaTunes (http://www.beatunes.com/itunes-exclamation-mark.html). It has a feature made for exactly this problem.

Disclaimer: I am affiliated with the manufacturer of beaTunes.

Apr 2, 2009, 02:31 PM
Super Remove Dead Tracks v2.1 (http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=removedeadsuper) from Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes (http://dougscripts.com/itunes/)

Nov 17, 2009, 12:36 AM
I went onto my itunes one day and tried to play a song and a exclamation mar/point (!) came up and the song wouldnt play it asked me to locate the file now this happened to about half my music but only the stuff that i had imported off a disc not the stuff that i had downloaded. So my downloaded music is all fine but the imported music has (!) exclamation marks and won't play.I thought i would try rip it off my ipod back onto itunes but suddenly all the music and video has dissapeared off that too and i had to restore it to factory settings because itunes couldnt read it. Help?? Btw im on a pc

Nov 17, 2009, 07:39 AM
You did see in my post above that when this happened to me three and a half years ago it went away after verifying the files were still actually where they should be and a reboot. Right?

Have you rebooted?


Nov 17, 2009, 02:08 PM
weird stuff... never heard anything like that:confused: