I have hundreds of CDs burned to my iTunes Library, and lots of individual songs I bought from the iTunes Store over the years.

All legal.

I have all of my music on my iPhone and that's where I listen to it mostly.

I just noticed in the iTunes Library, there are tons of songs missing.

Here are some screen shots (below) ... every song with a "!" icon next to it is missing, not on the hard drive.

There are no other problems or missing files on my MacBook.

What gives?

In some cases ... David Bowie "Tonight", Pearl Jam "Ten", for example ... the entire album is gone.

I'm not an Apple Music subscriber, but I did try the three month trial when it first came out.

Did Apple do some kind of "sync with Apple Music" on my iTunes Library which caused songs to get replaced with their copies and, in some cases, removed?

Any ideas what happened here?

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  • Not sure why but you should be able to redownload them either way.
    – JBis
    Oct 14, 2018 at 23:22
  • @JBis Is there a way to get the songs from my iPhone and put them back in the iTunes Library? Oct 15, 2018 at 0:44
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    Please upload the screenshot directly into your post (instead of linking to imgur.com). Also, how do you sync your library between the iPhone and the computer running iTunes?
    – nohillside
    Oct 15, 2018 at 8:50
  • @nohillside Added screenshots to post, thanks. I sync music by plugging my iPhone into the MacBook via USB/Lightning cable. I have not synced my music in a long time, maybe a year or longer. Looked at iTunes on MacBook to make some playlists, and noticed this missing songs issue. Oct 15, 2018 at 19:40
  • Are the files also deleted from the Finder?
    – Tuesday
    Oct 15, 2018 at 19:48


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