changing file paths in itunes. bulk.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by FUZKIN, Apr 15, 2008.

  1. FUZKIN macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2008
    Notts, UK
    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.


  2. JohnAdcox macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    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

    Jun 22, 2007
    Austin, TX
    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

    Jun 11, 2007
    The Netherlands, Europe
    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.

  5. ericinboston macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    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.


  6. K4VKS macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2007
    I'm having the same prob also. ^^could u please elaborate on this xml method.

  7. JohnAdcox macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
    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.


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