I've seen that playlist setup before, but never used it. You can just run the "RemoveDeadTracks" script from this page. It's been around for years.
Maybe you can get this version to work:
Using a playlist to collect dead tracks.
Create new regular playlist – Playlist1
Select whole library and drag to Playlist1
Create new Smart Playlist with the rule: Playlist is not Playlist1
Live updating checked – after you run it, uncheck live updating or you may not be able to delete tracks.
This playlist should contain all the dead tracks
Use shift-del to remove from library
This method may not work if your library is very large.Dell XPS iPod 20GB iTunes 10.2.1.1, Windows 7, 64 bit SP1
Here's my take on the playlists...
*Lost & Found*
Create a playlist called Found, select everything in Music and drag it into the Found playlist (it may take some time to count the tracks that are to be dropped). Create a smart playlist called Lost matching All the rules *Playlist is Music* and *Playlist is not Found*. Your lost tracks will be in this playlist. You should be able to select all the tracks in this playlist with CTRL-A and then remove them from iTunes with CTRL-SHIFT-DELETE.
However I prefer to use iTunes Folder Watch with its option to *Check for dead tracks on startup* selected.
tt2Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS iOS4.3.1, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.2.1.1
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Currently Being ModeratedMay 20, 2012 1:00 PM (in response to Brian Bemmels)
Brian Bemmels wrote:
There is a simple app that cost $1.99 on the AppStore called Tracksift. Works like a charm!! Removes all dead tracks very quickly.
But no use for a Windows user...