8 Replies Latest reply: Jul 2, 2014 12:44 AM by turingtest2 Branched to a new discussion.
25uRabbit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Tried this:
http://paulmayne.org/blog/2007/11/how-to-remove-broken-or-dead-tracks-from-itune s/

However, I get stuck at creating the smart playlist 'Missing Files'. You cannot add a 'static playlist' (non-smart playlist) to the selection for some reason...

Is there any other way?

BTW, thank you Apple for leaving out another useful feature of one of your products...

Apple iPhone 3GS 16GB White, iOS 4
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,090 points)
    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.
    http://ottodestruct.com/blog/2005/itunes-javascripts/
  • polydorus Level 6 Level 6 (11,950 points)
    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.
  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (53,760 points)
    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.

    tt2
  • MegsiPhone Level 2 Level 2 (195 points)

    I found a simple way to Remove missing iTunes files, hope you find it useful.

     

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  • Brian Bemmels Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is a simple app that cost $1.99 on the AppStore called Tracksift. Works like a charm!! Removes all dead tracks very quickly.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (53,760 points)

    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...

     

    tt2

  • bundee Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't believe that you have to pay a third party to get such a basic feature. This simply absurd.

  • turingtest2 Level 9 Level 9 (53,760 points)

    And you don't.... You can use the playlists method. Or the free trial version of iTFW will also do the trick. That said, it would be nice if iTunes had a few more housekeeping features of its own.

     

    tt2