Locating multiple files in iTunes

xtqqtxxx

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Mar 6, 2006
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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.
 

miafins57

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Oct 21, 2010
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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!

Miafins57
 
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jimerman

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Feb 10, 2010
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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!

Miafins57
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?
 
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Alrescha

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Jan 1, 2008
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Yeah, not a good solution when you have hundreds of missing songs. So I have to do this on every one?
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.

A.
 
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