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Old 01-03-2007, 05:45 PM
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Help! Corrupted iTunes Library File?

When I try to import CDs to iTunes I am getting the following message:
The iTunes library file cannot be saved. The file or directory is corrupted and unreadable.
I have a big iTunes library (~250gigs) which I have backed up, but I'd rather find a solution that doesn't require using the backup disks as that would be very time consuming. Any ideas?

Edited to add that I am on a PC.
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Old 01-03-2007, 05:50 PM
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It does sound like there may be some corruption in the iPod database file. If you have a backup of this one file (iTunes Library.itl), try restoring just that one file.



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Old 01-03-2007, 07:21 PM
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Bummer. I was simply burning folders directly to DVDs and I didn't backup any specific iTunes files. Anything else I can do?
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Old 01-04-2007, 12:15 PM
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So this is probably a dumb question, but is this iTunes Library.itl file something generic for all iTunes users or does it get "personalized" for each user? Could I have someone send me just that file and replace my old one with a new and have everything work? Seems like a pipe dream, but I'm desperate.
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No, it's actually your database of files, containing the metadata for all of your music, including where the files are located as well as their ratings, playcounts, and your playlists.

Somebody else's iTunes Library database would contain their tracks.

Worst case scenario you would just need to reimport all of your music. Any ratings, playcounts, or playlists will be lost, as you will essentially be reimporting to a new library.



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Old 01-05-2007, 04:17 PM
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Ugh! So what does this really mean? What do I need this file for? I have restarted my PC, uploaded new CDs and made new playlists, etc. since this happened, all without difficulty. The new playlists seem to be saving (i.e. I can restart and they are still there). It would be a major hassle to reimport, but I'd rather do it ow than later if necessary7. But is it really necessary?
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You could try trashing the 'iTunes Library.itl' file, start iTunes (which will create a new library file) and the use the Import command to import the 'iTunes Library.xml' file. Ratings and playcount and other stuff will be gone but all songs should be "back".
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