Learn how to repair damaged iTunes library file. In case you’re in the unfortunate position that your iTunes library missing contents and playlists, iTunes library corrupt after upgrade, or your iTunes library itl file cannot be read. Like the person as below:
Help! iTunes Library Damaged 🙁
I started iTunes yesterday, and it was importing my library for some reason. Nothing much happened, until iTunes said my library.itl file wasn’t a valid file, and therefor was renamed to iTunes Library (Damaged).itl.
Now iTunes opened, with the newly created Library.itl file. But half of my tracks were gone from its database, as well as all of my playlists, preferences, downloads,… everything was like, reset.
Can I fix this in any kind of easy way? And I still have the damaged file, which I think might also be a way to recover my library.
It seems that you’ve encountered iTunes issues like the above person. Since you are not the only one who’s running into problems that iTunes library corrupted and couldn’t automatically work out on its own. No matter how your library became a frustrating mess, there’s almost always something you can do to get your library normal again. Below are two different suggestions that can be helpful, for dealing with damaged iTunes library.
Repair damaged iTunes Library file
Your iTunes library, a database that’s made up of all of the music and other media that you add to iTunes, is organized into two iTunes library files and an iTunes Media folder.
If your iTunes Library.itl cannot be read, you can repair damaged iTunes Library by replacing the corrupt iTunes Library.itl file with an older one from backup. Here’s the process.
1. First, Locate your iTunes folder
Quit iTunes, and navigate to where the iTunes library file is located. It can be different locations depending on the operating system you are using.
- OS X – Finder > Username > Music
- Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music
- Windows Vista or later – C:\Users\username\Music
The two files you’ll be using are iTunes Library.itl (or, perhaps, just iTunes Library) and iTunes Library.xml.
2. Backup the iTunes Library file
Then you should copy the iTunes Library.xml or iTunes Music Library.xml file to another folder of your computer, for later using to rebuild the library.
3. Remove the damaged database
Now it’s time to remove the damaged or corrupt iTunes Library or iTunes Library file. Quit out of iTunes, then delete any of the files called "iTunes Library.itl", "iTunes Library.xml", "iTunes Music Library.xml", "iTunes Library Genius.itdb".
4. Recreate new iTunes Library file
Now start iTunes. Choose File > Library > Import Playlist, locate the iTunes Library.xml file you copied earlier.
iTunes will now examine the XML file, extracting all your tracks and playlists, and import them to your library. It will take some time to rebuild the database of music, especially if you have a huge iTunes library collection. So just be patient and wait.
Note: Any changes that you made to your library after the date on the iTunes Library that you used in step 4, such as new playlists that you created or songs that you added, might be missing.
The success of this method depends on the state of your xml file. You may be able to get your damaged iTunes library fixed and recover your iTunes library. But if you’re not satisfied with the result, you can try to repair iTunes database by restoring from iPod, iPhone, iPad iOS devices. As the below suggestion.
Repair iTunes database by restoring iTunes Library from iPod/iPhone/iPad
Whether you’re unlucky to access your original library or any backup of it, or you’ve added dozens of tracks to your iTunes Library since last update and synced your iTunes Library to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with these tracks, you should try to recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device. Apple described this method you can follow to Move your iTunes library to another library, by connecting the device > File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from <DeviceName>. However, if your device contains other media that you’ve ripped from CD or downloaded from other online store, you can either go back to the original sources or use third party software to extract your data from your device.
iOS Data Transfer is your must-have iOS phone transfer, between iPhone, iPad and computers. With its’ iTunes Library Rebuild feature, you can easily restore iTunes library from iPod and other iOS device, convenient and awesome. If your old iTunes Library file doesn’t contain the latest music, videos or apps you’ve added to iTunes. And this iTunes library rebuilder allows you to fix damaged iTunes library and restore all your music, playlists and albums, and more.
To get started, download the free trial version to start restoring your iTunes library.
Step 1. Launch iTunes Rebuilder and connect iPod or iPhone/iPad
After downloading this software on your computer, install and run it. Then select “Transfer” from the main function modules.
Then take out the iOS device like iPod, iPhone or iPad which contains the latest added tracks and plug into your computer.
The software will instantly recognize your iPod and show it on the left panel. To restore your damaged iTunes library from iPhone iPos device, you should click on “Transfer Device Media to iTunes”.
“Copy iPhone/iPod to iTunes” function will automatically recognize the differences between files on your device and iTunes. And it can only transfer what’s missing in iTunes, including music, video, Podcast, audiobooks, playlists, artworks, etc. Now click “Start” to start with scanning media files.
Step 2. Rebuild iTunes Library from iPod/iPhone/iPad
After the scanning process, a new window will pop up, letting you transfer files, including songs, videos, podcasts, TV shows, playlists, and more from the iPod to your iTunes Library. Click "Start" to begin the process.
In the following window, check the file types the software has found on the iPod and click "Copy to iTunes". When it finishes rebuilding iTunes Library by transferring files from your iPod, a message will tell you the process is completed.
Both of the two mentioned methods can help you rearing damaged iTunes library. You can decide which one to use depending to your iTunes library state.