Files won't play in iTunes

Successfully recorded from vinyl and exported files to iTunes. The files will play in Audacity and on my media player, but not in iTunes. Haven’t found any help in forums.

What format did you export to? (WAV, MP3, etc?).

Did you add it to your iTunes library?

What’s happening? It shows-up but it just won’t play, or it’s not showing-up at all?

Did you fill-in the metadata? It should be “easier to find” in the iTunes library if it’s tagged with the album/artist/title.

Hi - Yep they’re MP3s and I filled in the metadata. They sat in a folder on my computer, then I went to iTunes and did “Add File To Library.” They came over ok and landed in my list, but when I click to play, I see the player bar going and the time counting, but no sound.

I can play them on the computer in other applications just fine.

Thanks for your help!

What do you mean by “player bar”?
Is iTunes playing other files correctly?

The scrolling bar that goes left to right when a song plays - play bar? Also the song time counts down. Other files play fine. Both in iTunes and from computer files

I had used an EX Converter from Ion several years ago but now it’s not supported by Windows 10. Ion sent me to Audacity. Trying to convert 9 Rush albums for my husband as a birthday present.

So I’m pretty desperate.

As a test:

Open one of the files in Audacity, then apply the “Vocal Reduction and Isolation” effect with the settings shown in the picture here: Vocal Reduction and Isolation - Audacity Manual

What happens?

The files will play in Audacity and on my media player, but not in iTunes.

This is very strange but it seems like an iTunes problem.

Are you using the current version of Audacity (2.3.3)? In some older versions LAME (for MP3 creation) wasn’t included so it had to be installed separately and there was more chance of something “going wrong” with the MP3 creation/compression.

Try dragging one of the MP3s into [u]MediaInfoOnline[/u]. It will give you a bunch of details about the file and if there’s something wrong it may give a clue -

Near the top you should see “MPEG Audio”.

Down in the bottom section you should also see:
Format : MPEG Audio
Format version : Version 1
Format profile : Layer 3

You should also see the duration and that could be a clue if it’s wrong, etc.


Or, iTunes can play WAV files and it can convert WAV to AAC (standard compressed iTunes format and similar to MP3).
After loading into iTunes, select the file and then: File → Convert - Create AAC version.
When I tried that I did loose the metadata (in general, metadata is not well-standardized or well-supported for WAV), but you can right-click the song (in iTunes), select Song Info, and enter it again.

Or, you could try exporting as FLAC (lossless compression) and then try tool like [u]TAudioConverter[/u] to make an MP3 or AAC file. (Maybe the “different” MP3 would work.) iTunes doesn’t support FLAC, but metadata is standardized for FLAC so you shouldn’t loose it. (The metadata standards are different for different formats, but it should be mostly OK.)