Generally the spinning means the network is busy and the application is trying to download the sample. Usually seen on slower connections but can happen when there are a lot of people on Apple buying stuff. Also can occur on cable networks at peak streaming times.
If you are getting an error message, like the title says, that indicates that your computer audio device is not set up correctly or the wrong device is selected. You may need to be sure local audio can play before trying to sample songs.
Thanks cjmnews. I dont get an error message, just the incessantly-spinning 'load symbol' This is a drag because for a few years it worked. but I live in a touristy place and have relatively slow access so the out-ot-towners may well be usurping the bandwidth. I will keep trying.
cjmnews---for the record, where would I look or go to check whether, as you say, 'local audio can play...' and how to re-set up my 'audio device' As I mentioned, playing song samples on itunes has worked for years--until now Thanks for your help
On a Mac you don’t usually have the issue with the audio devices since most Mac owners don’t add audio enhancement software to their systems. But in case you do, open System Preferences then go to Sound, then the Output section to change the audio device to internal speakers that should work fine.
cjmnews---as you suggested, I find no devices listed nor any internal speakers specified in the Output section of "sound' Mine is not a 'sound' problem but seems to be related to 'loading' a sample song to have a listen. I worked fine for some years and has just manifest this problem. You mention suspecting 'Network issues' Any advice on this, if it is indeed the root of the problem? Thanks for your help. Chrisman