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iTunes 10: "Itunes Library.itl" Cleared, Nothing Appears in iTunes

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cwalexan Calculating status...
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Sep 3, 2010 2:42 AM
I've seen a few other threads describing a similar problem, where no music, or any other media files, appear in iTunes after upgrading to iTunes 10. I'm seeing the same thing, but can say with near certainty that it is due to the fact that my "iTunes Library.itl" file has apparently been erased/recreated, either during the installation of iTunes 10 (which I did yesterday afternoon, about 16 hours ago) or when I first started iTunes after the installation of iTunes 10 (about 30 minutes ago).

I can see "iTunes Libary.itl" on disk, but it is only 4KB in size (an earlier copy - a corrupt copy, unfortunately - is about 4MB). Similarly, the "iTunes Library.xml" file is only 12KB is size now (an earlier copy is over 20MB).

While I may be able to recover using the earlier version of the xml file, and can definitely add everything back manually, I will certainly have lost those songs/playlists/other data that I have added since that file was last updated (a year ago). Not to mention the time it will take to get everything set up again.

I guess I don't have a specific question, but am maybe hoping beyond hope that someone has some way I'm not aware of to get my iTunes Library.itl file back without an existing backup. A long shot, I know...

I know it's on me to have backed up those files prior to upgrading, having experienced corruption issues before - never during an upgrade, though. But I wouldn't have expected Apple to put out an update that completely erases the iTunes database.

This upgrade, however, is certainly leaving a bitter taste... From here on out, I guess I'll have to take that extra step to back up the database files every time before upgrading. I'll also not be upgrading iTunes on my wife's PC any time soon, either... Necessary precautions, perhaps, but very disappointing ones to be forced to take.
MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • levytv Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    ilounge.com has some very smart people on their forums and some library tutorials.
    mini 2.26, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,955 points)
    Sometimes iTunes fails to upgrade the library to the new version. Close iTunes & look in your *Previous iTunes Libraries* folder. There should be a copy of your last library taken at the start of the upgrade process. Copy this back into the main iTunes folder, rename the *iTunes Library* file that is there as *iTunes Library (Empty)* and then rename the copied file as *iTunes Library*. Restart iTunes. It should attempt the library upgrade again and hopfully this time it will work properly.

    tt2
    Various PCs, Windows XP Pro, iPhone3GS 4.0.2, 160Gb 1.1.2/2.0.4, 30Gb 1.3, Nano 1.4 - iTunes 10.0.0.68
  • arch_en_ciel Calculating status...
    I recently installed the iTunes update and now my iTunes center pane is blank. I still have my media library list, playlists, etc on the left hand side but even when I click on my playlist nothing appears in the center. I can push the play button and my playlists will start playing from the top but I still cannot see anything in the center or the album covers. The only time something appears is when I go to the iTunes store.

    The update also seems to crash quite often...
    MacBook Pro

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