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iTunes Add to Library freezes on strange file

by davidbaker999 / February 29, 2012 6:55 AM PST

My iTunes tracks are stored on an external hard drive in the folder:
[hard drive]/iTunes

I want to make a new iMac aware of them so I can play them using iTunes. It is running Lion (10.7.2),

I uncheck "Copy tunes to iTunes media folder..." in iTunes Preferences, select Add to Libary... and navigate to [hard drive]/iTunes

The process starts fine - lots of track names scrolling past at the speed you'd expect. But then it freezes on the track name "download.mp3" and has to be Force Quit.

I don't appear to have a track called "download.mp3". I have used Spotlight and Finder to search for it and looked manually in the likely place (it appears to be very early on in the process). I have also made hidden files visible but to no avail. The closest I have is the folder:
[hard drive]/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download

After Force Quit the local iTunes folder and content appear not to have been updated at all.

Any thoughts as to:
revealing the file download.mp3?
skipping it?
anything else?

Thanks in advance.


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Clarification Request
It's possible the mp3 file you noted is corrupt.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 7:10 AM PST
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Re: Clarification request: It's possible the mp3 file you no
by davidbaker999 / February 29, 2012 7:22 AM PST

Thanks. I suspect the file doesn't exist as Spotlight couldn't find it and the Terminal command mdfind returned just this:

Mines-iMac:~ mine$ mdfind "kMDItemFSName = download"
/Volumes/Terabyte/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download
/Users/mine/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download
/Volumes/Terabyte/Library/Application Support/2005 World Book/Download
/Volumes/Terabyte/Users/david/Documents/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download
/Volumes/Terabyte/Users/david/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork/Download
Mines-iMac:~ mine$

Plus, I tried the Add to Library again and this time it froze on "download.m4v", which again doesn't exist.

Will try updating iTunes now.


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Now that helped.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 29, 2012 9:09 AM PST
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Rogue file
by davidbaker999 / March 5, 2012 4:04 AM PST
In reply to: Now that helped.

I have updated everything, repaired disk etc. No luck.

It hangs adding a "file" download.mp3 (and once download.m4v) to the library. This file doesn't appear to be anywhere.

Any ideas about finding and killing it?



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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 5, 2012 5:21 AM PST
In reply to: Rogue file

I'm not on your machine so I can't try things like moving new stuff off the HDD to some memory stick for testing.

Your posts had me think "MP3 VALIDATOR". Let's google for that?

Yup, folk are thinking about this.

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