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For some reason when trying to open my itunes icon on deskstop i get "the file can't be read because it was created by a newer version of itunes".  What does that mean?

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For some reason when trying to access my Itunes icon from desk top it now says "The file can't be read because it was created by a newer version of itunes".  What does this mean and how do I fix it? I can't access any of my itunes stuff.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,940 points)

    If you've tried to install and older version of iTunes then it means exactly what it says, otherwise that message sometimes indicates a corrupt library file...


    Empty/corrupt library after upgrade/crash

    Hopefully it's not been too long since you last upgraded iTunes, in fact if you get an empty/incomplete library immediately after upgrading then with the following steps you shouldn't lose a thing or need to do any further housekeeping.  Note that in iTunes 11 an "empty" library may show your past purchases with links to stream or download them.


    In the Previous iTunes Libraries folder should be a number of dated iTunes Library (.itl) files. Take the most recent of these and copy it into the iTunes folder. Rename iTunes Library as iTunes Library (Corrupt) and then rename the restored file as iTunes Library. Start iTunes. Should all be good, bar any recent additions to or deletions from your library.




    Alternatively, depending on exactly when and why the library went missing, there may be a more recent .tmp file in the main iTunes folder that can be renamed as iTunes Library.itl to restore the library to a recent state.


    See iTunes Folder Watch for a tool to catch up with any changes since the backup file was created.


    When you get it all working make a backup!


    Should you be in the unfortunate position where you are no longer able to access your original library, or a backup of it, then see Recover your iTunes library from your iPod or iOS device.




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