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Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?

Ref 14 Apr 10 - 12:41 PM
Anglo 14 Apr 10 - 01:17 PM
Amos 14 Apr 10 - 02:12 PM
Anglo 14 Apr 10 - 11:12 PM
Ref 15 Apr 10 - 06:16 PM
Greg F. 15 Apr 10 - 06:21 PM
IvanB 16 Apr 10 - 12:00 AM
Anglo 16 Apr 10 - 02:03 AM
GUEST,Brian May 16 Apr 10 - 02:07 AM
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Subject: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Ref
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 12:41 PM

Turned on my pooter this AM and hit iTunes only to find my hundreds of collected and purchased songs gone. Any ideas?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Anglo
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 01:17 PM

Could the preferences have got corrupted? When I reinstalled my OS, iTunes created a new empty library, because it had lost the link to the existing library. After I finally worked out what the problem was, it was easy to reset the preferences and find the library. Just a thought.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Amos
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 02:12 PM

iTunes may not show them but the original files it made when it brought them in are probably still in the original iTunes music folder. In my system it is located in Music==>iTunes, I believe. If you know the name of any of the MP3 files you could search for it and find the path that way. Check the iTunes settings to see if it is pointing at the right path to this library as Anglo suggests.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Anglo
Date: 14 Apr 10 - 11:12 PM

Well, Ref? Didja find your songs?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Ref
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 06:16 PM

I found them, but I can't get them back onto iTunes.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Greg F.
Date: 15 Apr 10 - 06:21 PM

One Word: Backup.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: IvanB
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 12:00 AM

Are they all in one folder? Or even two or three? If so, click on "File" (in iTunes), then on "Add Folder to Library". Then you should be able to navigate to your tunes folder(s) and add them.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Anglo
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 02:03 AM

Open iTunes, open Preferences, click Advanced. There at the top is a window labeled "iTunes Media folder location" and a search window to change it. Locate your library there, and select it. You should be set.

IvanB is telling you how to add music to your library, but your problem seems to be that iTunes currently doesn't know where your library is.

That's on a Mac, but it should be much the same on a PC.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: GUEST,Brian May
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 02:07 AM

Not an uncommon problem.

If you Google it, you'll find several solutions including recommended actions from Apple.

The songs should be in iTunes Media folder and will be quite safe. If you follow the procedures, you'll get it all back. It's usually the database file that's corrupted rather than you've 'lost' your music.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 07:56 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Still having a problem making it work. You are more help than Apple is, though!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 08:15 PM

Okay, I've got all the music back. Now looking for all my playlists.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Ron Davies
Date: 16 Apr 10 - 08:58 PM

Congratulations on getting the music back. To lose it would be a true nightmare.   Hope you get your playlists back too.   Sorry I can't offer any advice.

Do you have any theories as to what precipitated the problem?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Where'd My iTunes Library Go?
From: Ref
Date: 17 Apr 10 - 08:39 AM

I don't know. Usually these macs are pretty dependable. I'd love to have five minutes with whoever screwed it up, unless it's me!


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