First, I do not have iTunes manage my music. I keep my files on a network mapped drive and copy them into iTunes.
For example, my music is on:
Recently I moved my music to a new external storage unit with the same share name. I *thought* everything was ok as it could still find my music even with the other server shut down.
However, just today I realized that iTunes has renamed the path to all my music:
I can't get this to change. OBviously you can't just edit the .XML file as the .itl file will just overwrite it.
So... how was iTunes able to change it once... and how can I set it back to mp3 without the "-1" appended?
(I've tried deleting the tracks and re-importing from export (which has the right share path) but it somehow still wants to go back to mp3-1 for most my library. somewhere, somehow, itunes is stuck thinking mp3-1 is valid. I need to get it to stop thinking that)
For those interested, deleting the .itl file and re-starting iTunes fresh, then re-importing the .XML (after fixing the paths in the XML) did the trick.
Note that I didn't lose play counts and iTunes match didn't require any new uploads - everything just sync'd back up just fine.
Prior to deleting the .itl file I exported each playlist to text file as well just in case. (but did not have to use)