iPhoto Slideshow Won’t Play iTunes Music

UPDATE: If you follow the steps listed below and it still does not work for you, try converting your audio files to MP3 

If you’ve been having trouble getting your iPhoto slideshows to play music from iTunes, then follow the directions below and your problems will be solved!

This solution uses the iTunes feature “reorganize files in the folder ‘iTunes Media'” to correct compatibility issues between iPhoto and iTunes. No data will be lost in the process.

More info can be found on this Apple forum if you’re interested


Open iTunes and navigate up to the main menu bar

Click File > Library > Organize Library

Click the check box next to “Reorganize files in the folder ‘iTunes Media'”

Tip: After reorganizing your iTunes Library, be sure to relaunch iPhoto if it has remained open during this process.


You’re done! Go back to your iPhoto slideshows, set the music from your iTunes library that you want to play, and click start!


16 thoughts on “iPhoto Slideshow Won’t Play iTunes Music

      • I created a slideshow in iPhoto. I had already added my music to iTunes, so I went to the slideshow and added that music, but it never plays.
        So I followed the directions of going to iTunes, File, Library etc. When I got to Organize Library, the area reading Reorganize etc, is gray, therefore cannot be checked.

      • Is all your software is up to date? If you’re running an old version of iPhoto, iTunes, or OS X then try updating to the latest version.

      • I have search the Internet for possible solutions but everything I’m finding says exactly the same thing that I wrote above. I’m sorry I can’t help you! The only other solution I can think of would be to stop by an Apple Store and talk to them.

  1. Actually, iPhoto slideshow has completely collapsed on multiple Macs (not cross connected). Music will not play or only repeats the first song (why it does one and not the other consistently baffles me), missing pictures (iPhoto Manager sees them but iPhoto does not), iPhoto Manager shows duplicate events but there is no way to consolidate them. Sorry Apple but your software is approaching Windows levels of crap. Exported versions of the slideshows to iMovie also have collapsed (totally screwed up)

  2. And yes, I have organized my iTunes Libtary so please don’t waste my time telling me that. Have also restored from Time Machine versions that worked 6 months ago and now they don’t.

    • Seeing that you have restored from versions that previously worked, it leads me to ask, are you only experiencing issues with iPhoto & iTunes, or is your computer acting up when using other programs too? How old is your computer? Have you downloaded any third-party software in the last 6 months? You were a little vague in your first two comments. Any more info that you could provide would be helpful.

    • Since the reorganize file button is grayed out, that means your iTunes folders are already organized. I’ve read that iPhoto does not like AIFF audio files. Check on the format of the songs you’re using and convert one or two to MP3 and see if iPhoto will play them In MP3 format.

  3. I second, third and fourth others. The reorganize button is grey, the format is mp3 (or mp4) and I’m hearing the same icky musak that apple chose. 😦 arg

  4. In my case I created a slideshow with the music I wanted. I exported the slideshow but later noticed I missed some pictures. Once I made the corrections when I tried replaying there was no sound. I can here other songs and the one that stopped playing works in iTunes. My MAC is only 2 years old and fully updated.

  5. I tried reorganizing the library but that option is greyed out I can only choose consolidate. It says reorganize has already been completed, however I am unable to select songs for my iphoto sideshow

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