iTunes Emergency

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Peyton, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Peyton macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    Today I opened iTunes (as I normally do) and to my horror and surprise, none of my songs are there. Out of the 2000 I had.

    So I frantically look in the itunes music folder, whew, they're all there. BUT as I try to insert one of the protected songs back into itunes, it says there was an error.

    What to do? :confused:

    I suppose I should reinstall it? Any advice would be great. Thanks.
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    So what you are saying is that they are on your hd but you cant get them in to the actual itunes... weird. This happened to me recently and i just waited and after about 3 days it fixed itself.... even more weird
     
  3. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    hmmmm, maybe try consolidating the library again.....
     
  4. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    How would I do this?

    thanks
     
  5. kretzy macrumors 604

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    It's in the Advanced menu up the top. ;)
     
  6. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    If I were you I would backup the files before I started clicking any buttons in iTunes.
     
  7. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    thanks everyone, I clicked consolidate library... nothin. and since my ipod has been dead for weeks now, no music for Peyton. :( I suppose I can restart... and wait for 3 days as someone mentioned, it just seems weird this would have happened. :confused:
     
  8. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    What if,

    you changed the location of your iTunes music library to a new location in the prefs, and then did a consolidate library?

    If your library is massive, it will create a duplicate library, and may max out your HD, but if it's a reasonable size, it's worth a shot right?
     
  9. balamw Moderator

    balamw

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    Something like this happened to me a while back, though on Windows. Half of the songs in my library had excalamtion points by them, even though I could see the file was still where it was supposed to be. I rebooted the box and all was well. (Just restarting iTunes didn't do it).

    B
     
  10. ExileinBlonde macrumors member

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    What does consolidating your library actually do:confused:
     
  11. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like your library data files are corrupted. If you're lucky, you'll have a backup of the file (possibly in your music folder; for me, it's at ~/Music/iTunes/Previous iTunes Library).

    If you can't find a backup, you may have to reimport all your music into a fresh library. You'll lose play counts and all that good stuff, but that's a helluva lot better than losing your actual songs.

    Try to search the forum and see if you can find a thread detailing what to do when the library data file's corrupt. I'll come back and post if I find more.

    EDIT: This link might help. http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93313
     

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