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I just bought a shuffle...
I just bought a shuffle. I have an existing iphone with about 1000 songs on it. When I plugged in my shuffle it randomly started downloading songs from my iphone's itunes library. In attempting to fix this, I messed up my iphones library. So I deleted itunes all together in order to start over. Now, I don't have... Read full answer
I just bought a shuffle. I have an existing iphone with about 1000 songs on it. When I plugged in my shuffle it randomly started downloading songs from my iphone's itunes library. In attempting to fix this, I messed up my iphones library. So I deleted itunes all together in order to start over. Now, I don't have all the music that is on my iphone. I have only the music that was bought from itunes, but most of that music has an exclamation point next to it, saying that itunes can't find the file. And when I look at my shuffle library there is no music on it. How can I start over and get the music on my iphone back onto my computer (and usable) and how can I create a library for my shuffle by selecting music from my existing 1000 songs on my iphone?
Submitted: 9 years ago.Category: Mac
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Mac Support Specialist: robgranholm, Mac Genius replied 9 years ago
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Hi, you need to locate the files on your computer, they should all be in your MY MUSIC folder..or throughout your hard drive. Once you locate the files open up iTunes holding down OPTION or ALT depending on your keyboard...then select, create new library and drag ALL the music throughout your computer into your new iTunes library, thats the best way to start over fresh!
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Customer reply replied 9 years ago

I have three clarification questions:

 

1. If I search by file name and find the song, I have been able to move it to the new library. However, this would require me to search every song I own (more than 1000) and put it in the library. Is there a quicker way?

2. Music I have downloaded off of a CD is not being found. (Obviously) it is still on phone, is there a special way to find these songs??

3. Once I find all the songs and they are in my new library, how do I pick the ones I want to put onto my shuffle?

also, one more clarification question. I mentioned that many of my songs had originally had an exclamation point beside them. It seems that I can not find those songs either, regardless of the fact that I had bought them from itunes and they are on my phone.
Mac Support Specialist: robgranholm, Mac Genius replied 9 years ago
Hi, okay here are some answers!

1. Yes, take note of where it's finding the song files, and use the "one directory up" button to go one directory up and see what folder all those songs are in, try pressing it again to see if there's a logical placement to where all these songs are located.

2. Music off a song may have a different file name than the one that gets placed in iTunes...these songs may be hard to find on your computer, you may need to do some digging as they may be labeled as "track 1, track 2, etc, and not their real names)

3. Once you find all the songs and have them in your new library, create a playlist by using the plus button in the bottom left corner. Add the songs you want that you'd like on your shuffle. Then plug in your shuffle, and click it's icon on the left column...you'll see several tabs, one of which will be music. In this tab you'll be given the option to sync a playlist...choose the one you created and click Apply, this will sync all the songs in that playlist.

Regarding your clarification: hopefully the songs were not deleted somehow, an exclamation point means that it cant find the song, so if you cant find it in your My Music folder or anywhere else on your computer, you are going to have to deal with iTunes Online, and try to redownload the music, or re-rip the music from CD's....a sucky alternative..i KNOW!

I'll be here throughout the night every few hours to help out more!
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