my songs on my ipod have the symbol ! next to them and some will not play
When tracks in iTunes display a , it means the file cannot be located; it may have been moved or deleted. For this issue, see the following article:
iTunes: Finding lost media and downloads
Alternatively, if your media was downloaded from the iTunes Store, you may be able to download it again free of charge:
Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store
Retrieving data ...