It isn’t uncommon for users to run into issues with iTunes, especially the iTunes library. Perhaps you’ve noticed that for some reason, some of the data that you have in your iTunes library is gone without reasoning. Or maybe some of the backups that you’ve taken of your devices have been deleted. However, when it comes to backing up data, backups can be precious. You never know when one of your devices will run into a data loss issue, which is why if your backups delete without reason it can be very frustrating. However, if this does happen, there are methods available to recover iTunes library, which is what we’re going to take a look at today.
Part 1. Recover iTunes Library with iTunes
When it comes to recovering data, it isn’t an easy process. Unless you have taken a backup of your backups, it can be a difficult process to retrieve these lost backups. However, there are methods available to retrieve these backups and the first method that we’re going to take a look at can be done with the default iTunes program.
Step #1 – If you have the iTunes program open, it’s important that you close it before you move on.
Step #2 – Locate iTunes’ media folder and enter it. By default, the location of this folder should be C:\Users\Your-Username\My Music\iTunes.
Step #3 – Once you have found this directory, find the folder “Previous iTunes Libraries” and enter it.
Step #4 – From here, you will be shown several different iTunes database files. Find the most recent file and copy it.
Note: if you haven’t already done so, the easiest way to locate the most recent file is to sort your files by “Date Modified”. After doing this, click on the most recent file and press the CTRL + C shortcut.
Step #5 – Exit this folder and head back to the main iTunes media folder.
Step #6 – Paste the most recent database file by pressing the CTRL + V shortcut.
Step #7 – Locate the existing iTunes library file, which should be named “iTunes Library.itl”, and rename it to “iTunes Library (corrupt).itl”.
Step #8 – Locate the file which you had copied from the previous iTunes library folder and rename it to “iTunes Library.itl”.
Step #9 – Open iTunes, and upon opening it, all of the backups which you once thought you had lost should be available once again.
This method can be very useful, especially if you don’t have the time to do the research and look for easier methods. However, easier methods are available to recover iTunes library, and iMusic is one of them.
Part 2. Recover iTunes Library with iMusic
iMusic is a very handy program to have access to, especially due to the fact that it has a lot more to offer than our main focus today, although we’ll get to that later. For now, let’s take a look at how you are able to recover iTunes library in just a few simple steps.
Step #1 – First, make sure that you have downloaded the iMusic program and have installed it accordingly. Once you have it installed, go ahead and launch the program.
Step #2 – On the top panel of iMusic, click on the “Toolbox” option. From here, you will be provided with several different options to choose from. For this method, we will be using the “Rebuild iTunes Library” option, so go ahead and click on it.
Note: if you haven’t already done so, then now is the perfect time for you to connect your Apple device to the computer that you are using. iMusic will use your device to recover iTunes library.
Step #3 – Upon selecting this option, you will be shown a display which will provide you with the details of what the process consists of. When you are ready, click on the “Start” button.
Step #4 – Your device will then be scanned. All of the data which is on your device will be compared to the data which is stored on iTunes.
Step #5 – Once the scan is complete, you will be shown a breakdown of the data which iMusic has found to be different from the iTunes library. Simply select each of the file types which you’d like to be transferred and added to your iTunes library, and click on the “Copy to iTunes” button.
After the process is complete, you will find that all of the data which you once thought was lost and irretrievable is once again available in your iTunes library. From here, you are able to use your iTunes library exactly as you would before without running into any issues.
Additional iMusic Features
While it may be hard to believe, iMusic has many other features to offer opposed to the focus of this article, being able to recover iTunes library. So, if this feature alone hasn’t persuaded you, then let’s take a deeper look at what iMusic has to offer.
- Download media from 10,000+ platforms. Whether it be YouTube, SoundCloud, or even Vimeo, provided that you are able to retrieve the video link you are able to download it in either MP3 or MP4 format and have it put directly into your iTunes library for further use.
- Got a new Android phone and you’re worried about transferring the data from your iPhone? Don’t worry about it at all. With iMusic, you are able to transfer the music directly from your iPhone straight to your Android device and to make things better, the music will be compatible with your Android device.
- If you want to listen to your music on a CD rather than on your device or computer, then iMusic helps you to burn the music from your iTunes library onto a CD in just a few minutes.
So, as you can see, I think it’s fair to say that with iMusic you are able to go a lot further than simply being able to recover the iTunes library. These are just a few of the many features which iMusic has to offer, and there are much more.