changing file paths in itunes. bulk.

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  1. FUZKIN macrumors newbie

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    Hello fellow mac'ers. I have a problem with itunes. I have pulled my library over from my PC and I now have the library on my mac, but I have all the little ! by each song saying that there isnt a song in the file path where itunes thinks it should be.

    I know I can get around this by clicking the song and selecting where it is, but you can only seem to do this for one song at a time, and for over 2000 songs this could get a little time consuming.

    Any ideas much appreciated.

    Thanks

    Ben
     
  2. JohnAdcox macrumors newbie

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    Funny... I logged on to find an answer to the exact same problem! Mine involved an external HD crash, but the resulting problem is the same!
     
  3. thederby macrumors regular

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    you can edit the "itunes music library.xml" file and do a find/replace for the path then import the xml file.
     
  4. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    Go to your music tab in iTunes > Delete everything from iTunes, NOT FROM YOUR COMPUTER > Quit iTunes > Start iTunes > Locate all the music files > Drag and drop the folder which containts the files into the music tab of iTunes.

    Done:D
     
  5. ericinboston macrumors 68000

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    changing file paths in itunes. bulk.

    TheSpecialist...that will certainly work...BUT...if he has static Playlists, he will have to re-create all of them! SmartPlaylists will still be ok.

    I would just open the XML file in a text editor and do a search/replace for the new path.

    That's what I did when I moved to a new pc.

    -Eric

    :)
     
  6. K4VKS macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same prob also. ^^could u please elaborate on this xml method.

    thanks
     
  7. JohnAdcox macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the help.

    I wound up opening the file as you suggested, and seeing the original path. Seems I'd buried the iTunes folder a couple of layers deeper than I remembered. I created new folders and recreated the original path, and now it's working like a champ.

    I am so grateful for the hints and suggestions. Without them, I'd still be clicking one by one.

    John
     

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