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iTunes can't find my library

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brian hardy1 Calculating status...
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Jan 21, 2012 12:29 PM

The Wife noticed all her music/playlists had disappeared on her old eMac (iTunes 9.2) last time she hooked her iPod up to it. I have since spent the last 3 days fighting with this very old, tired computer. As it has no really extra HD space, much of my time has been wasted moving libraries back and forth between the computer and the external HD that I have been backing up to.


All to no avail, it seems. Last night, I spent about 8 hours transfering her somewhat old iTunes Library (last back-up was in the fall) from the Ext. HD to the eMac. And now today, there are still no playlists, no songs. I've tried many different things. Currently, the iTunes preferences are set at Homefile (this is the little filevault icon)/music/iTunes/iTunesMusicJan2012. In the 2012 file are all the playlists and 18 GB of music.


But iTunes can't find any of them. I tried switching from the "2012" folder to the "iTunes" folder above it. Same old frustration.

According to iTunes Help, the above should work. But it's not. Any ideas?





  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jan 21, 2012 12:39 PM (in response to brian hardy1)

    iTunes: How to move your music to a new computer [or another drive] -


    do not confuse moving your whole folder and library with moving just media files as in


    iTunes for Mac: Moving your iTunes Media folder -

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Jan 22, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to brian hardy1)

    Downloading past purchases from the App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes Store - - enabled with iTunes 10.3 and newer; not available in all countries; only apps, books (not audiobooks), music, and t.v. shows (not movies).  Discontinued items not available. For items not included in the iCloud list, or locations or computer systems where iCloud is not (yet?) available, you only get one download per fee paid.


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