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Help Me Lazyweb - Stupid iTunes Question [Jun. 23rd, 2008|03:07 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Honestly, I'd look this up but I don't even know how to frame the damn question in search or help terms.

I've got a new computer. I'm reinstalling programs. I just downloaded and installed iTunes (cuz I'm still using my iPod, loaded with comedy CDs, as my alarm clock; also, music ripped using iTunes will play on the ancient CD player at the Picnic).

It went through and looked at every song I have. The iTunes navigator window now shows TWO copies of every song, one checked off and the other NOT checked, but with an bang ("!" or exclamation point) in the left-most (and frustratingly unnamed) column.

What does this mean? Is there something I'm supposed to do? How do I tell it that I would only like to see one listing for each song?
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[User Picture]From: catness
2008-06-23 07:43 am (UTC)
The checkmarked tracks are the ones in your actual playlists. If you uncheck them, they'll be skipped, even though they're still in your library.

The items with the exclamation points probably won't play. They're likely no-longer-resourced copies of your tracks. Double click on the items with the exclamation points and it should ask you to find the source file again. To avoid this pointless exercise, just delete them when you see them. I have over 15K songs and doing this for half of them would suck, so I personally might re-import my entire library rather than doing that. However, that would also delete your playlists and some people aren't as cavalier about those as I am. ;)
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-06-26 02:35 am (UTC)
Ah ha! I moved things around and iTunes is confused. That makes sense.

Thank you!

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[User Picture]From: thespian
2008-06-23 07:50 am (UTC)
the ! means that it can't find the song; if you right click on one of the !files, and 'get info', at the bottom it will tell you 'where', and you'll see that that file is somewhere that no longer exists.

Now, what I'm going to tell you is a totally brute force way of doing this; there are likely more elegant ways of fixing this issue, but I have no idea how large your library is (I did it this way when I moved 5000+ songs from my D drive to my hugeous external drive, and I do let iTunes sort my music, so all my music is in one directory). Select all in your iTunes, and delete them. When it asks if you want to move to trash/recycling, say 'keep files'.

Then when your iTunes is completely music-free, go to the directory all your music is in, File>Add Folder to Library, and then browse to the folder you keep all your mp3s in, and let it add everything again.


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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-06-26 02:35 am (UTC)
Thank you!
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2008-06-23 11:23 am (UTC)
Google "iTunes AppleScripts" and you'll find a site full of them. I know there's at least one to fix up "orphaned" track entries.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-06-26 02:36 am (UTC)
I moved the directory's location is part of the problem.

Once I have enough time to decide where it's going to live, I can have iTunes rediscover everything.

Thanks!
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