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iTunes 4 not finding the song

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UCanCallMeAl Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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Jan 29, 2013 8:07 AM

Hello there,

Using an old iMac and iTunes 4 to play some music in the laundry room.


Each time I press play i tunes can't find song etc.., "Please locate.." Then I find the song myself etc..,


HOw do I get iTunes to find all the songs one time. Whether they are on HD or on Ext HD. ???


And running the script to delete tracks that are missing doesn't seem to work either.

Thanks for any help,


iMac G4, MBPro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    I don't think there's a way to get it to search for all your music, but assuming you know where the music is (even if it's in multiple places), do the following:


    - Select all the music in your iTunes library and delete it. 

    - A pop-up will ask you if you also want to move the files to the trash.  Say NO.

    - Turn OFF the option to to "copy files into your library" when you add them.  In iTunes 11, this is under Preferences->Advanced. Not sure where it is in iTunes 4

    - Drag any folders containing music into the library area of the sidebar.  This will leave the file where they are, but add them to the library, correctly linked.

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 12:17 PM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    That's weird.  Is it possible there are really two copies of things?


    Right-click on the songs and select "Get Info".  See if they're really pointing to the same file.

    If it's two different files, then do it over again, this time only dragging one copy.


    If they're really the same file, all I can suggest is doing it over again.  Maybe test it with a just one album first to see if the problem happens right away or it somehow got "confused".  If it works correctly for one album, then try to do the rest of the library a bit at a time.


    There are probably some other things you could do, but IT4 was a long time ago, and I don't remember it very well.

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    Are both versions in the same directory or different directories?


    I don't know of any scripts, but maybe you can play some games with searching by dates.  I'm guessing all the duplicates were accidentally created all at once after all the originals.  If you can do a date search, maybe you can isolate all the copies and move them to the trash.

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    My guess is that at some point, someone copied the iTunes tree to a new computer, then dragged it (again) into iTunes with "Copy files..." on.  This would create a second copy of everything.


    Even if they're on the same hard drive, are the duplicate files in the same directory?  For example, are both copies of "Dear Prudence" in

    ~itunes\Music\Beatles\White Album\

    or whatever, or are they in different directories, or even better, different directory trees.  Maybe you can separate them this way.  Otherwise...


    Use "get info" to find the creation date on some of the pairs.  If there's a clear break between the creation of the original and the copies, then you could select these and move them to the trash (or at least to a different place). 


    If your version of OS is new enough to support smart windows, then you can create one and add "Created after (cutoff date)".  On second thought, it might be safer to delete the originals, in case music was added after the "great duplication".

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 4:55 AM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    One more idea.  How are duplicate files identified?  Obviously, they can't have the same same filename, so it almost certainly did something systematic, like append "-01" to the end.  Figure out what that is and you can search on it in finder (or with a Unix command).

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 7:08 AM (in response to UCanCallMeAl)

    Open a smart window in the top directory. Click the "+" to add a search criterion and select "name" "ends with" and put 01.m4a" in the box.  Select every thing that appers and move them to the Trash.  Substitute "01.mp3" to find mp3s (you may have 9one, the other, or both depending on how the library was created.


    If you're feeling extremely manly, I can give you the command line (Unix) command to do this, but I would back it up first, because that's live ammo :)


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