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Old Dec 3, 2009, 11:19 AM   #1
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Dreaded Exclamation Mark

I have had to change computers a few times over the last several months and seem to have combined my old itunes library file with a new scan of my backed up music. So, i now every song in my library is duplicated, but one has the exclamation mark next to it . I know why and how it happened. The good news is that i know i have all my music from the back up file. the bad news is, to clean it up, I would have to go song by song to delete the dead link songs.

I'm looking for any suggestions on how to speed up the process as I have over 60GB of music. It would be a 5 minute fix if i could simply sort on that first column and select all exclamation mark files and delete. Also, i prefer not to add on third party software to itunes because I've had bad luck with that in the past.

Thanks in advance for your suggestions!
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 11:20 AM   #2
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Delete everything from your library and be sure to click "Keep Files". Then re-import everything. Done!
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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Won't i lose all my playlists though? I know it sounds silly, but i have dozens of playlists that have sentimental value and it would take me hours to recreate those.

thanks for the fast reply!
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Old Dec 3, 2009, 11:24 AM   #4
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Won't i lose all my playlists though? I know it sounds silly, but i have dozens of playlists that have sentimental value and it would take me hours to recreate those.

thanks for the fast reply!
Yes, you would lose your playlists. If you don't want to consider 3rd party software, there's not much else to suggest.

Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes has several solutions:

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