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iTunes re-mapped my music location - how to fix?

2698 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2011 8:21 PM by STRiDOR RSS
lundejd Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 20, 2011 6:12 AM

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)


  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Dec 20, 2011 8:10 AM (in response to lundejd)

    So let me get this straight.  You gave a second server the same name as the first, moved the music files, then shut down the first server and started itunes with the intention it thought it was still looking at the first server since the second one now had the name of the first?  iTUnes renamed your first server to mp3-1 and is still looking for the music there?  I'm not sure I can help here but it might be handy for somebody else who can to know more.  Even if you give volumes the same name I think OSX is pretty good at telling the difference.


    The XML file is editable.  I can't remember if iTunes saves a copy of the itl to xml when it starts or closes, but if you edit XML at the wrong stage then it will get overwritten.  I don't have the details (and don't want to close my iTunes right now to test) but what you need to do is back up everything, then edit the XML and follow something like hte procedure in to get itunes to generate a library from the XML file.


    Note, the XML does not contain 100% of the information that your real library file does.  You may lose some things  -- not sure which but maybe playcount, date added or some such trivia (for me).


    Another way may be to edit some file on the computer so it really thinks the drive you want it to use is the drive as listed in your library file, i.e. the old drive.  This may take some devling into things well hidden from you in hte underlying UNIX structure.

  • STRiDOR Calculating status...
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    Dec 23, 2011 8:21 PM (in response to lundejd)

    This worked for me. thanks for sharing.


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