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Hawaiiguy's avatar

Lost my itunes songs/library?

Asked by Hawaiiguy (316points) August 24th, 2007

I know its there somewhere it was working 2 hours ago, i put some icons on my folders but that shouldn’t have changed anything? i went to advanced and tried 2 libraries but that didn’t work? Anyone know the specific “File Name” i should be looking for, I thought it was “Itunes library.xml”? i have about 300 cd’s on my drive nice and orderly and i don’t want to have to re-catalog all of them. thanks for any help…

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mirza's avatar
(fluther seems to messing up the formatting) Mac OS X /Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library /Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music Library.xml Microsoft Windows \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl \Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Music Library.xml
Hawaiiguy's avatar

okay when I go to iTunes advanced general, change music folder it won’t let me select the .xml file? That is the file I should be selecting correct?

jrpowell's avatar

Select the folder that file sits in.. The folder should just be called iTunes.

A couple of questions…
-What OS are you using?
-Do you have iTunes set to organize your music?

bob's avatar

Are you on a Mac or Windows machine?

On the Mac, at least, the file you want is not “iTunes Music Library.xml”—instead, it’s a file called “iTunes Library” which has no extension but is an “iTunes Database File”.

Search for a file named “iTunes Library”


Even if your iTunes library database file is messed up, as long as you have all the songs on your computer, you can import them back into iTunes very easily—all the song names & artist info should be intact. Just drag the folder with the music onto iTunes.

Hawaiiguy's avatar

I’ll give it a shot, if that doesn’t work can I use my iPod library? I’m on a mac by the way

Hawaiiguy's avatar

John, yes it is set to organize

jrpowell's avatar

Look in your music folder.. You should see a iTunes folder. Just drag that folder on the iTunes icon in the Dock or Applications folder.. This will take a few minutes to complete.

You will lose all your playlist and ratings/song count if you do this.

bob's avatar

If your songs aren’t on your computer in the places described above (in the Music folder on your hard drive, probably), you can get the songs back off your iPod, but be careful—don’t sync your iPod with iTunes until after your library comes back. iTunes will simply erase the songs from your iPod, which would be bad.

There’s a program called Senuti that will let you transfer songs from your iPod to your computer.

Hawaiiguy's avatar

I have Senuti, but I had my music
backed up on another drive so I was able to transfer the song info back, not sure what happened to the library.XML file though? Weird that it lost its link to the files, I didn’t move them or the library file… Thanks for your help everyone, goodnight

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