6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2008 6:37 PM by Katrina S.
dannal Level 1 (0 points)
I encountered a problem with my iTunes library last night. When opening iTunes I got a message inviting me to select a library. I was given a choice of two, selected the likeliest looking one and sonn found that my 15,000 songs had been reduced to 3500. I am now unable to get my real library back.

My music is all in the appropriate folders and I have been able to import it all, artwork included back into iTunes but this has simply created a new library - without all the ratings and play history.

I've done a search for previous libraries and found one from a few weeks ago but I can't see how to 'import' it - I've tried to open it and it just opens iTunes with the 'new' library.

I know this isn't a huge problem but I've got two years' worth of play history and playlists and I'd really love to get it all back if there's a way.

Windows XP
  • Katrina S. Level 7 (24,095 points)
    Close itunes, then restart it - but press *and hold* the shift key. You'll get the invitation to choose another library again.

  • dannal Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Katrina

    Thanks - that worked as far as opening another library is concerned so thanks for that. However, none of the available libraries appear to be particualry recent. The most up-to-date I can find is from October 2006!

    I suppose this will teach me to back-up my library regularly.

    Can I do anything with the data on my iPod?
  • Katrina S. Level 7 (24,095 points)
    Ouch! Yes, I always back up my iTL file weekly - more often if I've added/changed lots of things, and ALWAYS before an iTunes update.

    There are some 3rd-party iPod managers that can get stuff off an iPod. I can't recommend any since I haven't tried them. Here is a wiki on them, and you can google for even more choices.

    edit - did you make sure to check in a folder named Previous iTunes Libraries?

    Message was edited by: Katrina S.
  • dannal Level 1 (0 points)

    I've managed to find and load a library from about a month ago - all the play history, ratings and playlists are there. But ... now iTunes can't find any of the songs! I know how to locate an individual song but I can't possibly do that for all 10,000!

    Surely there must be some way of 'telling' this library what root to follow for the music folders.
  • dannal Level 1 (0 points)
    Does anybody have any suggestions on this? I've got all my songs, playlists, ratings and play history but iTunes can't find them. There must be some way of locating them +en bloc+ rather than having to do each track individually. Surely?
  • Katrina S. Level 7 (24,095 points)
    Sadly, no - that's why it's so important to make regular backups of the ITL file if you care about ratings & playlists.