Locating multiple files in iTunes

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by xtqqtxxx, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. xtqqtxxx macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Anyone know how to locate multiple files/songs in iTunes? All of a sudden iTunes only plays some songs while most say it can't be found, would you like to locate it etc. I know I have all the songs in the iTunes Music folder but how do I let iTunes know that they are all there instead of going through each and every song manually? Is there a way other than Adding all the songs back into the library? I hate doing that because of time. Thanks.
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    There used to be a search function for this reason. I'm not sure if it is still there.

  3. xtqqtxxx thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Ugh man it's so frustrating. Anyone have any ideas?
  4. seeker777 macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2007
    There was discussion about this problem over at the MacOSXHints forum. Perhaps you will find one of the potential solutions helpful?
  5. miafins57 macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2010
    Solution found! All you have to do is go to iTunes, Preferences, Advanced, and change the location of the music folder (where all your music is located). Then you go to any song that has a (!) marked on it and click locate. Locate the file and then iTunes will ask you if you want to find the rest of your songs using this similar location. Click yes and BAM! All your songs will be found! Enjoy!

  6. jimerman macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2010
    Yeah, not a good solution when you have hundreds of missing songs. So I have to do this on every one? And for some reason, every so many songs I do it on, the file browse dialog goes back to my main boot disk, and not the disk where the music library is (they are different on my laptop). I'm hoping someone has better ideas?
  7. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    1) The thread you replied to is six years old - the original participants may no longer be here.

    2) The most common cause of this problem is having your music on an external drive, and starting iTunes when the drive is not attached. The correct solution is to quit iTunes, attach the drive, and then start iTunes again. It should figure things out.

    3) I have not needed to do this for a looong time, but whole albums are missing, you might try adding them to your library again. At worst, you will have the broken entries (which you could delete) plus the new ones.


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