12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 14, 2012 9:07 AM by Kiddo
Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have 4 iTunes Libraries on ext. drives

- need to find the latest one with all my music on it.  Have tried numerous things with no luck.  Is there an easy way to do it?


iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: missing iTunes Library
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    connect the drive  try a spotlight search of that disk, try tying a song that you know is only on that disc, and spoth light might give you the path

  • 2. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)

    Hold down the option key while starting iTunes. Guid it to a library and let it tart.  See if that's the one you want, if not, quit ittunes and repeat search.

  • 3. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for input.  I am able to open one Library, but it only has 29 of over a 1,000 of my songs on it and all my playlists are gone.  When I attempt to open the others I get the following error messages:

     

    "An ITunes library file could not be found in folder "iTunes (10.5).app".  Please choose a diffeerent folder".

     

    "The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because is was created by a newer version of ITunes"

     

    "The folder "Music" is on a locked disk, or you do not have write permissions for this folder".

     

     

  • 4. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)

    I don't see the messages.

  • 5. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for input.  I am able to open one Library, but it only has 29 of over a 1,000 of my songs on it and all my playlists are gone.  When I attempt to open the others I get the following error messages:

     

    1.      "An ITunes library file could not be found in folder "iTunes (10.5).app".  Please choose a diffeerent folder".

     

    2.      "The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because is was created by a newer version of ITunes"

     

    3.      "The folder "Music" is on a locked disk, or you do not have write permissions for this folder".

  • 6. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry Sanjampet, but not quite sure how to go about "spotlighting" with an external drive.  Please bear with me and take me step by step.  Good to know there are people out there who know a heck of a lot more about computers than I do.

     

    Kiddo

  • 7. Re: missing iTunes Library
    sanjampet Level 5 Level 5 (7,550 points)

    I don't do this often, but wife is very disorganized with multiple HD's, I'm sure there are a few other ways to do this, but what i do is plud in the drive, highlight it let it index, then type in what she thinks tne file is she is looking for, it usually takes me to that place on the drive so I can find what she is looking for rapidly.

    I wish she would keep things in some kind of order, but I found it to be easier than hunting thru the drives. If it is not that drive I grab another of her drives and do it again, till I find it let her grab it to a stick, then she's on her way.

  • 8. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks sanjampet.  I believe I found the iTunes app.  However, it said "The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because is was created by a newer version of ITunes".  The new version only has 29 songs, no playlists, album covers etc. whereas the original has way over a 1,000 songs, playlists, album artwork etc.  Any way of getting this one back?

     

    Kiddo

  • 9. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)

    Is there anything out of context that we should know about such as you re-installing the operating system?  One of the reasons a library cannot be opened is because it really was used by a newer iTunes version and re-installing an OS can revert to an older iTunes.

     

    You can try getting the old one back by importing the .xnl version of the library file into a blank library.  It isn't the most elegant solution.

     

    You might want to read up a bit on how iTunes works and the structure of files it uses.

     

    What are the iTunes library files? - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660

     

    More on iTunes library files and what they do - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes#Media_management

     

    iTunes 9: Understanding iTunes Media Organization - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht3847

     

    Image of iTunes folder structure Dec. 2011 - https://discussions.apple.com/message/16923545

    see also:

    Image of folder structure and explanation of different iTunes versions (turingtest2 post) - https://discussions.apple.com/message/13025536

     

    What are all those iTunes files? - http://www.macworld.com/article/139974/2009/04/itunes_files.html

  • 10. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Limnos.  I believe I was trying to move my iPhoto Library to an external drive, along the way (don't ask me how) I ended up creating a new Library and it was at this point I ran into problems.

     

    I'd like to try "importing the .xnl version of the library file into a blank library".  However, would you please take me step by step?  Thanks.

     

    Kiddo

  • 11. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,475 points)

    iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1451

  • 12. Re: missing iTunes Library
    Kiddo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you Limnos, you've been a great help.  God bless.