Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:28 AM (in response to zhulien)
I would create a new library.itl file and redownload all of your purchases from the iTunes Store. Sounds like the back up you have seems to be the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:30 AM (in response to Dillardo)
i would but i'm not in the mood to re-download 2000+ apps
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to zhulien)
Just download the ones you need the most. As time goes by you'll have them all downloaded.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 4, 2012 6:15 PM (in response to zhulien)
with the billions of $ that apple has, no chance of them actually fixing their product?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 8, 2012 10:55 AM (in response to zhulien)
Is there really no database repair tool or some alternative method to STOP the database from corrupting?
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2012 9:52 AM (in response to zhulien)
Hi, just wondering if anyone has a fix for this yet? thanks.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2012 10:25 AM (in response to zhulien)
It is likely something particular to your setup. I only see a post about a corrupt database every few weeks and then it is a once-off thing. If you tell us more about your setup then it would help. For example, 2000 apps sounds like an huge number. How large is your database altogether? If it is huge and you keep it on an external drive then it could be a networking or connection issue.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to Limnos)
I don't think 2000 is many, however I did reduce it to about 400 and still I get the issue every couple of days. As for the setup, what info can help? I am using a iMac i5 with 16gb RAM and performing an info on the default iTunes created Music folder (which has nothing in it except for what iTunes put there), it is about 122.24GB and 4125 items. I don't know what that number of items is actually as iTunes has always maintained it.
There is no music, there are about 20 movies also.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 27, 2012 1:30 PM (in response to zhulien)
I know you don't want to do this but I would create a brand new library and add items already on your computer to that. It is possible the your library and the backups you are using are corrupt. This is the only way to ensure that if this continues that it is not the library itself. Conceivably it could be one of the files introducing something into the library that is causing the issue but take it a step at a time.
I have a bigger library than you, though I do not have a single app. 2000 apps is more than 10x all the applications I have on my computer, and my computer is designed to handle more than your idevice. I should also add I have never in 10 years of iTunes, and predecessor, had a corrupt library.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 2:19 AM (in response to Limnos)
no, i won't do that... i'd rather toss my iphone in the toilet than do that. i hope apple scraps itunes soon and just lets me copy my apps to/from my iphone so i don't have to deal with substandard quality software
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 7:09 AM (in response to zhulien)
Fine, up to you. Still, it's like saying a Toyota makes a substandard Corolla model because one tire on one particular vehicle has a hole and repeatedly goes flat. Ignoring it won't fix it.
Have you run Disk Utility to verify your hard drive? Perhaps this is just the tip of an iceberg.
By the way, creating a new library does not mean you have to download everything again. You just create a new library file and add things to that. Still, if there's something in one of those many apps of yours that is adding a strange character into the iTunes library and corrupting it then the only way you are going to discover that is by a very slow process of adding items one by one and testing until you find the problem.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2012 3:23 AM (in response to Limnos)
honestly, thanks for trying to help - appreciated.
I have run Disk Utility and the hard disk is fine, The only things in my library are movies and apps - how do i add them to it without downloading?
regarding strange characters - some are Japanese releases (in the international app store) which have japanese names that didn't always render as you would expect - however they seem to be ok (for the last year).
Currently Being ModeratedSep 30, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to zhulien)
Things you see in iTunes are stored in various sub folders in your main iTunes folder as in:
Start iTunes and immediately hold down the option key. Create a new library somewhere. Go to your old iTunes folder and drag items to the window for the new library. Maybe only grab a folder or part of one at a time. It will copy these items to the new library (so you need lots of extra room on your computer).
Currently Being ModeratedOct 30, 2012 1:30 AM (in response to Limnos)
thanks for the tips, and sorry for the delay in replying, i was giving it a good test after having recreated my library from scratch - sadly it lasted a few days before corrupting again... if only there was an alternative to using itunes