I have an iTunes/iPod problem. In August I created a library on one of my
computers with about 150 songs. I then created another library on a different
computer. I now want to put my old songs from the first library back into my
iPod. So, today I opened my first library and hooked up my iPod. For all the
songs I clicked (most) I got a message that said “This song could not be used
because the original file could not be located. Would you like to locate it? ”
I was so confused. Have I lost all of my songs? The library hasn’t been opened
in a while but is that a reason to mess up all the songs? Please help me!! I
want to listen to these songs.
This sounds like a problem with an iPod not being able to sync to two libraries at the same time. If that’s the case, then your easiest solution would be to move the 150 song library over from one computer to the other, I think.
But let’s make sure that the problem isn’t with the music library itself. Do you know the name of any one song in the 150? If so, open up the Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal) then type in
locate “XXXX” where “XXX” is a fragment of the song name you remember, with appropriate upper and lower case letters.
You should get something like this:
$ locate "Apple Tree" /Volumes/X2/iTunes Library/Michael Franks/Tiger In The Rain/Underneath The Apple Tree.mp3 /Volumes/X2/iTunes Library/The Andrews Sisters/The Best of The Andrews Sisters/Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me).mp3
That will tell you the files from your music library are located on your disk (mine is in /Volumes/X2/iTunes Library/ ).
Now open iTunes and when it says “do you want to locate it” say YES and navigate to that directory. I think it’ll resolve all of them, but if not, you could also open the folder in the Finder and just drag all the album folders onto the iTunes app itself.
Or, if you want to move all the songs over, use the Finder to move into the music library, click on all the song folders you’re interested in, then command-click on any one selected folder to get the pop-up menu and choose “Make Archive”. It’ll create a ZIP file that has all the songs you want to move: copy that to your newer computer, then double click it to unpack and simply drag all the music folders onto the iTunes application itself.
Try this, and report back to us how it worked out.