Some of the songs I have downloaded onto i tunes won't play when I select it to do so.  The error message I get is "The song could not be used because the original file could not be found.  Would you like to locate it?"  How can I get my songs to play?

Some of the songs I have downloaded into i tunes won't play when I select it to do so.  The error message I get is "The song can not be used because the original file can not be found.  Would you like to locate it?"  When I select yes I'm sent to a screen that has my i tunes library listed.  When I select the song in question I'm asked if I would like to open the song.  When I select this option I get nothing.  The songs I have downloaded must be somewhere because they are listed in my i tunes library and on the screen I've been sent to.  I can't the songs to play however.  This is not true of all of my songs but it is true of quite a few of them.  Actually, one song is too many.    How do I get my music to play that seems to be locked up somewhere in the computer?

Presuming they're on your computer, right click on them and then follow the prompts to locate hte file on your computer.

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    Help I cannot

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/ts1408
    Regards,
    -Norm G.

  • Hi all, when i use  itunes , to play  a song this message comes up ,the song could not be used because the original file could not be found would you like to locate it?

    help !

    dwmwood,
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    iTunes then will give you the option to use this process to update all of your library.  OK that as this will do it automatically instead of doing them one by one.
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