4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 6, 2012 10:34 AM by Markie Castle
Markie Castle Level 1 (25 points)

Hello all,


I'm looking for some feedback on needing to recreate my iTunes library.


I had a crash a couple of weeks ago, and was able to use the Recovery Disk function to get my laptop up and running, but since then there have been some oddities that refuse to go away despite repeated Disk Utility runs. One of the symptoms is iTunes losing track of deleted items. I delete something, select "Move to Trash" from the dialog, and the track listing (music, book, movie, etc) is gone. BUT I check the actual location on disk and it remains.


I've resolved myself to needing to reinstall the system and I believe it would be a good time to get the library cleaned up in the process.


The core of my question is: I've got imported CDs, movies, iTunes purchases, Amazon purchases.... I've added artwork as well as lyrics to many files. If I backup the whole iTunes library and do the reinstall and IMPORT everything fresh will I lose my lyrics, edited start times, and artwork and such? I don't mind (much) losing the playcounts and other play data, but I don't want to have to redo all the track stuff.


Can anyone suggest a reasonable way to approach this? I've looked, and the only real links that seem to partially apply are http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1451 and https://discussions.apple.com/message/1499771#1499771






MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,396 points)

    I manually manage my music. I have set this in preferences by unchecking the "copy music to library" and "have iTunes organize your music".  One result of this is if I delete a track in iTunes I also have to hunt down the actual file to delete it.  I am wondering if your have somehow managed to get the same thing set up with your iTunes.  Check the preferences settings.  I want my settings like that, but it isn't for everybody.

  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    Have you first tried simply reinstalling Lion?

    Nothing in your user folders will be affected. (but you do maintain current backup, correct?)



    If I backup the whole iTunes library and do the reinstall and IMPORT everything fresh will I lose my lyrics, edited start times, and artwork and such?

    You will lose some info.

    Just make sure you have a backup of the entire /Music/iTunes/ folder before you start messing around.

    If you end up wiping the drive and reinstalling the OS (simply reinstall the OS first and see what happens) then just copy the iTunes folder from the backup to /Music/. All data will be the same

  • Markie Castle Level 1 (25 points)

    I don't use this option, as I like to just let iTunes organize it. I double-checked, and my preference still has it set to copy and keep the folder organized.


    Thanks though,




  • Markie Castle Level 1 (25 points)



    I did the reinstall via Recovery, and have to admit it was pretty sweet that everything just came back.


    Unfortunately, there have been intermittent probs.


    I believe you may be suggesting a reinstall from scratch though, which is my intent at this point. Haven't done it yet. I do maintain a backup, yes.


    I thought simply re-copying the iTunes folder might bring any crud along with it, but I don't suppose it would hurt to try. Then I can avoid the stuff I'm hoping to.