iTunes Won’t Play a Song or Add MP3? Here’s a Simple Fix
I recently encountered a strange bug where iTunes refused to add a song to it’s playlist and wouldn’t play the original source MP3 file either. Interestingly enough, the mp3 file played fine with Quick Look and even was able to play within the Finder preview, but no matter what I did I could not add or import the mp3 file to my iTunes playlist.
Fix for iTunes Not Playing / Adding Songs and MP3s
I came up with a fix that involves opening the song with QuickTime Player and then re-saving it as an iTunes compatible format to play as usual, here are the steps:
- Launch QuickTime Player
- Drag or Open the MP3 file into QuickTime Player
- From the File menu select “Save As”
- Select “iPhone” as the Format
- Click “Save” and let the mp3 file convert to an .m4v iPhone movie file
- Locate the newly created .m4v file and rename the .m4v extension to .m4a to ensure iTunes treats it as audio, and drag that file into iTunes
- Play the song in iTunes as usual
At this point the song should play and add to iTunes just fine.
If you want, you can take this a step further and then select the song and convert it to AAC or MP3 with iTunes from the “Advanced” menu. Likewise you can use a third party utility like All2Mp3 and convert the song to MP3 that way as well.
If all else fails, you might want to learn to repair MP3 files, it’s not complicated and it will fix most other problems.