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16059 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Feb 3, 2008 3:08 AM by ceberlin
Currently Being ModeratedJan 16, 2008 8:35 AM (in response to toowonphyve)I agree completely. There have been a few times in the past where I've mistakenly deleted a playlist and had to start over from scratch. It boggles the mind why a) playlists can be deleted with a single keystroke, and b) it can't be undone. This shouldn't be too difficult to fix, Apple!iMac Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11), 30GB iPod with video 8GB iPod nano iTunes 7.5
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2008 11:44 AM (in response to Timmy Y)Actually, it does NOT ask if you're sure. The playlist simply disappears in a single keystroke and there is NO way to undo it.
I just deleted my iTunes Store "Purchased" playlist by accident. I have one of the new Apple aluminum keyboards which places the "Fn" (function) key right next to the forward delete key. I have to hold the "Fn" key to adjust the volume of my computer, and sometimes I hit the delete key by accident.
Since there is no undo function, the only recourse for me was to quit iTunes, restore the entire iTunes Library file from a backup (thank god for Time Machine), and start iTunes again. There is also no way to get the "Purchased" playlist back.
I have to agree that this is completely ridiculous. How hard could it possibly be to implement an undo function in iTunes? And why do we STILL not have any way to recover from a simple mistake in iTunes 7.6? You would think something like this would be in the 1.0 version of any software -- which in almost all other cases it is. This is unacceptable for a prominent application from Apple, and needs to be resolved IMMEDIATELY.PowerBook G4 (Oct 2005), Mac OS X (10.5), 1.5 GB RAM
Currently Being ModeratedJan 18, 2008 12:21 PM (in response to Jason Sims)Actually it does ask you.
But in the same dialog you get the option to turn off the question. You probably did this the first time you deleted a playlist.MacBook White 2ghz 2gb, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 21, 2008 3:51 PM (in response to christian studer)Yes that is a bad surprise.
Apple claim so much to be the master of UI-design. And fails do do so with one od their most important apps.
I wrote to Apple several times and since many years about the missing undo for moving, mashing and deleting playlists and for sorting songs to playlists. Things that all other Apple apps, including the system would not have a problem with. That's a shame, really.MacBookPro17, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2008 9:05 PM (in response to toowonphyve)Just found the solution. Go into time machine and restore the document titles "iTunes Music Library.xml". I had to go back a few days before, but my playlist was restored. Yeah!!!iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 25, 2008 9:33 PM (in response to k-nice)
Go into time machine and restore the document titles "iTunes Music Library.xml"
Dunno why that would work. iTunes does not use that file. It is simply created for other applications to access the library.
iTunes uses the iTunes library.itl file.iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 1 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2008 1:45 AM (in response to toowonphyve)I too would desperately like to see an "Undo" in iTunes.
Undo functions exist for a reason in most other applications - because people make mistakes.
There's no need for sanctimonious people to say "Well, you should have noticed the text in the alert box". We all make these mistakes from time to time.
Please, iTunes developers, give us an "Undo" button for playlists!
Funnily (or actually NOT funnily) enough, I also just managed to delete my "Add these songs to playlists when you have time/when you have made the playlists" playlist. I haven't yet installed Leopard, so no Time Machine backup for me.
Making a big mistake like this in iTunes is REALLY upsetting. Sometimes the mistakes made can delete years' worth of work, which can never be restored. I used to keep my playlists only on my iPod 3G, as my little iBook hard drive didn't have enough space to store all of my music. Stupid, I know. When my iPod hard drive died, so did all of my playlists of about 5 years work. Devastating.
Message was edited by: FleuriBook 16 VRAM, iMac 17" Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2008 2:20 AM (in response to toowonphyve)After some Googling, I found a way to restore an old version of my deleted playlist. Thought I would post my solution here for all.
In my "Previous iTunes library" folder, I found a library only 2 weeks old, obviously superseded by the latest version of iTunes.
I then moved my current version of iTunes to the desktop, as well as the current iTunes Library file. I then downloaded 7.5 (the previous version) from a site called oldapps.com. I installed that, and ran it using the older library file (which I did simply by deleting the date from the end of its name and moving to the iTunes folder).
Success! There was my playlist (well, at least the version from a couple of weeks ago).
I hope this helps someone else who is upset by the loss of their playlist. Obviously it won't work in all cases, but it was nice to have a solution (for once) to an iTunes deletion disaster.iBook 16 VRAM, iMac 17" Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2008 3:08 AM (in response to Fleur)No, restoring the WHOLE library is not a solution if you inadvertendly deleted a playlist.
(It's like restoring an old version of a pages document thru timemachine just because you inadvertendly deleted a paragraph of text?? No way!!!)
No, Apple urgently needs to do some homework here and, according to their own UI-guidelines(??), intoduce an undo feature.
The Apple folks have to realize that for people like me a lost playlist is much worse than a lost song (because I might have spent hours and days to create it). Even if this is a feature that does not make money to Apple directly, they should treat that subject as a priority fix.
I sent a polite feedback to Apple about this serveral (!!!) times over several years: no action, no hope. Do they listen or do they play iPhone instead?MacBookPro17, Mac OS X (10.5.1)