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how can I relink all of my music to iTunes

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Jul 9, 2013 1:56 PM

I followed the instructions with the new version of Itunes to relocate my music.  I consolidated as the instructions recommended, I think.

I did this to put my system folders onto a new main drive, an SSD.  Things are much faster now, but then I opened itunes for the first time. 

First time I open it, it tells me to choose an itunes folder or make a new one.  I try to choose the new location on another drive and it says it won't work  and returns me to the previous window.  Totally circular with no way out.


So, I point it to the location of my old itunes folder on my new cloned SSD - bingo it works and allows me out of the endless loop.  Ok, but then when it opens up - nearly all of 80gb worth of music will not play and has no cover art!  Now I'm concerned.  Turns out all of my songs are on the new hard drive as they should be, great!  But what am I supposed to do now?  And why is this so difficult?


How do I relink the consolidated library to my music files?


Also, can't copy back the folder of music to original location - I had to move it since the SSD has less space than the old HD did.

Thanks for any help,


Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), 2x2.6 quad-core xeon (early 2009)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 2:24 PM (in response to magazine)

    magazine wrote:


    I followed the instructions with the new version of Itunes to relocate my music

    What instructions?

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,385 points)
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    Jul 11, 2013 11:22 AM (in response to magazine)

    Sorry for not getting back with you...

    That moves only the iTunes media, not the iTunes library (which is really kinda nebulous).


    iTunes library = iTunes folder and all the media, wherever it is located.


    The /Music/iTunes/ folder contains the iTunes library.itl file, which keeps track of everything in iTunes.


    I do however still have the original MAIN startup drive still in the computer, it's just not the startup.

    This is good you still have it.

    Try this...

    Hold Option and launch iTunes.
    Select Choose library... and select the /iTunes/ folder on the original drive. It should be in /Users/your_user_name/Music/.

    Don't mess with anything. We can get it cleared up.


    Does everything work okay?


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