I've deleted cached Apple Music files as I've needed to free up some space on my Mac.

Now whenever I try to play a previously cached (and deleted) song from Apple Music, I get the following error:

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When I click Cancel, it starts playing normally (starts streaming as if it wasn't cached before), though I get the same error for every single song that have been previously cached.

How can I make iTunes understand that none of those songs are there on disk and need to be downloaded on demand?

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    What exactly did you delete. I didn't think that iTunes cached songs.
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 12:32
  • @Mark it does. just go to ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Media/Apple Music folder. Almost all the played Apple Music songs are there. Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 14:33

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Have you tried consolidating the files? Go to "File" -> "Library" -> "Organize Library" -> "Consolidate files". Afterwards iTunes should know that none of those songs are on your disk.

  • Consolidate files option is grayed out. Commented Apr 8, 2019 at 14:34

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