2 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2013 5:27 AM by Jerry Dammers
Jerry Dammers Level 1 (0 points)

I have two .xml files:


1) Music>iTunes>iTunes Library.xml (this is an "XML document" modified in Oct 2010), and


2) Music>iTunes>iTunes Music>iTunes Music Library.xml (this is an "XML text" file that was modified today).


Will deleting the "old" .xml file cause a problem or not?


If it did, would restoring a backup from Time Machine resolve it? (ie is it "risk free" if I've backed up).


Thank you

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iLife 11 + iPhone 4 + Sony VAIO
  • Chris CA Level 9 (78,695 points)

    You can delete all the .xml files if your wish.

    iTunes will recreate them.

    The .xml files are created ONLY for other apps to access the iTunes library.


    The iTunes library file is used when the iTunes library is not in the original location.

    The iTunes Music Library file is for the iTunes library in the original location

  • Jerry Dammers Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks - I've now backed up the iTunes library to an external hard drive and also Time Machine.


    Before I delete the .xml file, is there any risk attached to this?


    My iTunes library became corrupt a few years ago (I lost 3,000 tracks) so I'm very nervous to do anything that might cause a problem again.