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How do I get rid of the exclamation mark next to the songs I copied to iTunes?

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Locating Missing Tracks in iTunes

The exclamation point next to a track title in iTunes means that iTunes cannot locate the file associated with that track (original file cannot be found).

If you attempt to play one of these tracks from iTunes, you'll receive an error. This is because the music file associated with the iTunes track you're trying to play has either been moved or deleted from the original place that it was stored. When songs were added to iTunes, iTunes saved the file path that it needed to follow every time it needed to access the song. Now that the file is no longer where iTunes expects it to be, iTunes does not know where to find it.

If you think that the songs marked with exclamation points can still be located somewhere on your hard drive, you can correct their media file path in iTunes as detailed below:

  1. Select a song with an exclamation point in iTunes.
  2. In iTunes, choose Edit > Get Info.
  3. Click on Locate file in iTunes.
  4. If you know the location of the track with an exclamation point, point iTunes to it and try to play your content.

Exclamation point in iTunes

Removing Missing Tracks in iTunes

If the music files are no longer stored on your computer's hard drive, it may be best to remove these track listings from your iTunes library.

To remove tracks with exclamation marks in iTunes, follow these steps...

  1. Download, install and launch Tune Sweeper.
  2. To get a list of songs with exclamation marks, select the 'Missing Tracks' tab at the top of Tune Sweeper. Tune Sweeper will then scan your iTunes library.
  3. Select tracks with exclamation marks you wish to remove and click on "Remove Selected Tracks" in Tune Sweeper.
  4. Alternatively, you can remove all tracks with exclamation marks in one go by clicking on "Remove All Missing Tracks".
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Latest Comments

John Gray wrote...
2016-08-13
Hello Many songs in my itunes library are lightly highlighted I suppose itunes cannot find the files to these songs. I went to preferences and enabled copy files to itunes media folder. My question is If I use touchcopy copy my ipod, which has all the songs to my itunes will the songs I have in Itunes library be duplicated?

Thankyou
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
2016-08-16
@John Gray TouchCopy will display blue music notes next to any tracks that are on your device but are also in iTunes. If you copy these tracks, the tracks within iTunes will be overwrite and not duplicated.
Mike wrote...
2016-01-09
Many songs have ! next to them and iTunes cannot find the song.
The "Copy files to iTunes media folder when adding to library" was checked when I uploaded from my iPod Classic but still !.
Why won't this software work?
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Wide Angle Software wrote...
2016-01-14
@Mike Very sorry you have encountered this problem. Please can you check if the songs play with in TouchCopy and also on your iPod. Here is a support article with further information on resolving this issue: https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT203167 If the problem persists please contact our Helpdesk.