I have the same problem. I have just purchased my external hard drive and I wanted to put all of my music on it. I get most of my music from limewire, so I copied all the songs from there onto my external hard drive. However, now when I go to play a song on my iTunes, an exclamation point pops up next to the song and says it can not find the location. I have thousands of songs on my iTunes and don't feel like going through each one and "finding the location." Is there a way that I can copy/ move my music on the external hard drive without it saying I have to find the location and getting rid of the exclamation point?
the same has happened to me. i used a restore program to get all the files off my ipod after my macbook's hard drive was replaced, and most of the songs have the error message saying they can't be found, yet i can find them in spot light. i started going through all of the songs with exclamation marks against them, but iTunes doesn't save the information!
I switched computers and tried to reload all my backed up itunes files. It loaded the files fine the first time. After I logged off the files disappeared from my Itunes. Apple tech told me to add itunes folder to library. It worked fine until i logged off again. I tried it several times because my files never stayed on itunes. Finnaly I added two new CD's into my library and I went to file Libray and I entered consolidated Library. This brought everything I had before and then some to my itunes library. I logged off, shutdown and even hibernated and my files still remain. I was able to create playlist, my movies, podcast, there all there. Hope this helps.
I just moved the 'iTunes Music" folder on my hard drive
Bummer. Wrong way to do it.
Move the musci folder back to where it was.
Open iTunes prefs -> Advanced and set the *iTunes music folder location* to where you want the music to be located.
Then go to File -> Library -> Consolidate.
This will copy everything to the location set in prefs and use that.
Then you can delete \Music\iTunes\ iTunes music folder.
So, I had a similar problem - my 125GB MacBook Air was running out of room with my 63GB of iTunes Media looming over it. I copied the entire iTunes folder over to an external hard drive into a folder called "Media." Afterwards, I opened iTunes>Preferences>Advanced and changed the location of the directory to "iTunes" inside the "Media" folder. Afterwards, I proceeded to delete the files from my Air's hard drive. My music seemed to be working fine. So I opened iTunes later and tried to play some tunes, and got the same error message you guys got. Here were my problems: 1) My music had been working (I suspect) because the files I was playing were still on the computer, in the trash. 2) iTunes asks you for the directory of "iTunes Media" not "iTunes," - the former is located in the latter - and was therefore unable to locate the files in their default locations. You only NEED to move your iTunes Media folder for the process you're talking about, but I personally like to keep it all together in one location. Hope this helps!