8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2012 8:18 PM by Chris CA
Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

I deleted the music files in my itunes library (on an external drive of my main computer, a 2006 iMac running 10.7.4) after migrating all my music to iTunes Match in order to free up disk space.  I was told by an Apple store emplyee this was eminently possible.  But when I want to place a song, it keeps looking for the old file instead of getting it from the Match cloud.  How do I now accress Match from this computer?  Fwiw, Match works fine on my other devices.  TIA, everyone!


iMac (20-inch Late 2006), Mac OS X (10.7.3), 4/500 GB
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    How do I now accress Match from this computer?

    Since you enabled iTunes Match on this computer, you should already be able to access it.

     

    iTunes menu Store > Turn on iTunes Match.

     

    I deleted the music files in my itunes library (on an external drive of my main computer, a 2006 iMac running 10.7.4) after migrating all my music to iTunes Match

    You deleted them in the folders on the computer instead of deleteing them in iTunes?

  • Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, I deleted the files per the genius at my local Genius Bar.  He told me to go in and delete the music files in my library.  Wrong move?

  • Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

    Btw, ITines Match is turned on.  When I try to play a tune, it puts up a dialog that says "cannot find file, want to locate?"

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Pepper Jeff wrote:

     

    Yes, I deleted the files per the genius at my local Genius Bar.  He told me to go in and delete the music files in my library.  Wrong move?

    No.

    You just didn't do what you needed to.

    You deleted the files from hard drive, not the library.

    Open iTunes and delete them there. It will ask if you also want to remove them from the HD.

     

    Btw, ITines Match is turned on.  When I try to play a tune, it puts up a dialog that says "cannot find file, want to locate?"

    Do this...

    iTunes menu View > View options.

    Tick iCloud status and iCloud download.

     

    For songs that cannot be located, select them and Delete.

    Do NOT click Delete from iCloud.

    Once it is deleted from iTunes, the iCloud download symbol will show up.

    Select teh songs, right click > Download.

  • Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Chris, much appreciated!

     

    PJ

  • Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

    WUNDERBAR! 

     

    Chris, you're the best!

     

    PJ

  • Pepper Jeff Level 1 (0 points)

    You can't imagine how the spectre of losing nearly 10,000 cherished tunes was torquing my mind . . . well now, you probably can . . . thanks again!

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    I take it you got it sorted?

     

     

     

    Glad I could help!