The song ______ can not be used because the original file can not be found." What??

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Whackintosh, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. Whackintosh macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    I'm not at all sure what to do. All of a sudden, when I try opening roughly 80% of my Itunes library, I get the message "The song ______ can not be used because the original file can not be found. Would you like to locate it?" . I haven't changed anything with regards to where my music files are stored on my drive, and I'm not sure what prompted this to happen, or how to fix it. Can anyone help?
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i have had that too and I did not want to relocate each and every one of them again

    Here is what I would do

    1) Move all your music/app/etc files to a folder on dektop
    2) Nuke the remaining stuff in the itunes folder...namely the xml and library file
    **note that this will delete all your playlitsts and ratings

    3) in itunes, select all the titles and delete them

    4) drag the folder you had made in step one into itunes, effectivly reimporing your muisc

    There may be a more elegant solution but not one that I have found
  3. Lloyd Christmas macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    you could always use your time machine back up. this way you are able to keep your playlists and the such. the same thing has happened to me a few times, i usually just bit the bullet and found each file by itself. this was before i got smart and invested in an external for my back ups. Lloyd
  4. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    No time machine backup, I'm afraid.

    Would my best option be to do a restore from my Ipod itself?

    Incidentally, my laptop is a MBP but my desktop is a PC, and my Itunes files is on my PC. Getting an Imac at the end of the week so I`ll finally break the Windows chains, so I need to have my Itunes library in shape before I move everything over. Help! :)
  5. Whackintosh thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    PROBLEM SOLVED! For some reason, Itunes had decided that my music folder was in an altogether different drive on my system. Not sure how this came to be (!), but pointing it back to the right drive has solved all troubles. Big relief!

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