1 Reply Latest reply: Sep 13, 2013 7:35 AM by sterling r
LSHAW3457 Level 1 (0 points)

I had to reformat my harddrive yesterday, and once it was up and running, I downloaded and installed iTunes.  I plugged my phone into the USB, and I got an error message when I tried to open iTunes.  Error says: "The file 'iTunes Library.itl' cannot read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes."

I cannot open iTunes.  what do i do?

iPhone 4, iOS 6
  • sterling r Community Specialists (6,550 points)

    Hello Lshaw3457,


    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities!

    I would first recommend that you try updating iTunes.

    Using Apple Software Update

    To use Software Update for Windows, click the Start menu and select Apple Software Update. Available updates will be shown. Click Install to download and install them.

    From: Using Software Update for Windows to keep your Apple software up-to-date



    If that does not find any updates, next I would move the iTunes Library.itl file to the desktop, then open iTunes and let it scan for media.

    You can use this article to locate the file:

    iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists


    1. Quit iTunes.

    2. Locate your iTunes folder (this is the folder that contains the iTunes Library and iTunes Library.xml files).

    Operating SystemDefault location of iTunes Folder
    Mac OS X/Users/[your username]/Music
    Microsoft Windows XP\Documents and Settings\[your username]\My Documents\My Music\
    Microsoft Windows Vista\Users\[your username]\Music\
    Microsoft Windows 7\Users\[your username]\My Music\


    3. Open your iTunes folder.

    4. Drag the following file from your iTunes folder to the Trash:

    Mac OS X"iTunes Library" or "iTunes Library.itl"
    Microsoft Windows"iTunes Library.itl"


    That should get your iTunes library back and usable.


    Take care,