Itunes - original file cannot be found

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by soulflexin, Nov 17, 2008.

  1. soulflexin macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    ok ppl,

    i have a large library and just in the past day, many of my songs have become greeted with the following:

    'the song "blah-- blah" could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?'

    i have not moved any files to another location since the last successful play and when i locate the file it is still in the original location. any suggestions on the possible problem and a way to bulk fix this? please understand, i have many different playlists and i cannot just delete my library or i will lose the content of those playlists...
  2. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Try doing an import then, picking the folder where they are located.
  3. soulflexin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    ok, i just tried that. what happened was the imported files were added to the library as duplicates. the files in my playlists still come up with same message 'original file cannot ...'
  4. soulflexin thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2008
    now its happening to more files. even when i relocate the song and reopen itunes, the file still cannot be located and i need to go through the whole process again.

    i thought mac is supposed to ****ing reliable for this ****.
  5. tharpshooter macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2008

    I've had the same problem multiple times with different libraries. I've searched forums for hours and never been able to find answers about how to reconnect groups of files (instead of one at a time) when the ! suddenly appears. The songs have never been moved, the only possible anomaly is that the external HD where they are all stored was not connected when itunes was opened (this usually seems to be when this problem starts for me).

    I find it unbelievable that apple does not have an automated fix for this problem similar to when this happens in Final Cut Pro or other media applications. You simply "reconnect media" and direct the program to find one file. After finding one file you are asked if you want to reconnect all of the other "missing" media that was identified in the same location.

    Sure, it is easy to simply drag the entire music folder into itunes to start your library over without losing any music; but you do lose a huge amount of data in playlists, ratings, and counts that are very valuable to some users.

    Has anyone ever found a way to automate the reconnection of files so that you do not have to do it individually for thousands of songs?

    Is apple ever going to make an easy fix for this very common serious problem?
  6. rumourguy macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2008
    hunched over my mac, pathetic loser
    I had this happen to me in Vista. are you in bootcamp?
  7. Nevering macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009

    I have the same problem.

    Why do I have to do this for every file ?
    Why can't there be a scan of some sort?
    If I locate one song why can't it pick up the rest for the same group in the same folder.
    Did I miss something or is Itunes lame?

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