A few days ago, when I plugged my iPod nano into my PC, it wouldn't sync and my computer automatically ejected the iPod. I didn't think much of it at first, because that had happened before, without any future problems. And, besides that, I could still listen to all of my music through iTunes.
The next day, however, I opened iTunes and my whole library was empty. I tried going over the basics (opening iTunes with shift key held down, trying a few different .itl files; reinstalling iTunes)
I then looked for answers online, but no luck so far. One approach that helped many people (unticking the read-only box for the iTunes folder) did give me some more answers, but did not solve the problem. I found out that the iTunes folder had the read-only box ticked, so I tried unticking it. It went fine for a few seconds, but in the process of making every file and folder non-read-only, I got a message saying iTunes Library.itl was a locked file and that I could not access it.
When I examined the .itl file more closely, I found out that the read-only box was not ticked for that particular file, even though I could not move/delete/cut/copy+past it. The archiving option, however, was ticked (I was told that option should not be on). I cannot untick it, for the file is locked.
When I double-click the file iTunes launches normally, but my library is still empty.
Other things I've tried to retrieve my library:
- I downloaded 'unlocker', but that did not solve anything.
- I uninstalled my last.fm scrobbler.
- I tried making a new library, then imported the .xml file from my old library, but the library stayed empty.
- I used AVG to scan my computer for malware.
I hope someone can help me fix this, because having to import all of my music all over again is going to be quite a drag!
Thanks in advance.