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Today when I turned on my computer, my ENTIRE iTunes library had disappeared!!!!

WTF! WE're talking over 25,000 songs and about 100 playlists!!!MUTHERFUCKER!!!

by Anonymousreply 5405/07/2021

I'm assuming you've either subscribed to icloud, itunes match, and/or have a backup? Never had that happen to me before but yes I'd be unhappy.

by Anonymousreply 105/04/2021

You were foolish not for having all of your songs backed up on a flash drive.

by Anonymousreply 205/04/2021

The songs are still in my computer, they are just not in my iTunes library. I would have to get the file and hit play with itunes for it to show up in my itunes library. Then I would have to rebuild all the playlists.

by Anonymousreply 305/04/2021

Well, rather than hang out here bitching, get to work.

by Anonymousreply 405/04/2021

R3 OMG then who cares?!

Besides, iTunes is lame as hell. It’s not 2010 anymore.

by Anonymousreply 505/04/2021

Ok then, R5-when can I expect you over to hit play 24, 000 times and reconstruct 100 playlists? Let me know.

by Anonymousreply 605/04/2021

One song at a time?

by Anonymousreply 705/04/2021

I had that happen to my Audible audio library. Customer service was unable to understand how it happened, but they replaced them all.

by Anonymousreply 805/04/2021

iTunes has never worked. It’s not user friendly.

by Anonymousreply 905/04/2021

[quote]Ok then, [R5]-when can I expect you over to hit play 24, 000 times and reconstruct 100 playlists? Let me know.

I think you mean R4, and will there be snacks? Also I won't do certain genres, so there's that. Plus, I'll need my own bedroom, toiletries and wi-fi password for my porn.

by Anonymousreply 1005/04/2021

So no backup?

Gee that's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2021

Your library.itl probably got damaged. If you have a backup, then drag the library.itl to the trash, and replace it with your backup. Open iTunes with the shift key held down, and it will prompt you to select the library file. This will rebuild the library and your playlists.

There are a ton of sites online with instructions on how to do this.

It is important to back up that file along with your actual music files

by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2021

PS. Those instructions are for a Mac. You may have to hold down a different key if you are on Windows, I can't help you with that

by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2021

[quote] Ok then, [R5]-when can I expect you over to hit play 24, 000 times and reconstruct 100 playlists? Let me know.

Why on earth would he help you reconstruct something he just called "lame as hell"?

by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

^And yes I know you weren't really expecting that; I just don't think your response makes any sense.

by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2021

So can't read, R11? Gee, that's a shame.

by Anonymousreply 1605/04/2021

Sorry to hear that OP, though I clicked convinced that this would be a thread bump from 2007 or so.

by Anonymousreply 1705/04/2021

[quote]So can't read, [R11]? Gee, that's a shame.

Oh I can read just fine. Just reminding you you're a fucking idiot for not doing proper backups.

by Anonymousreply 1805/04/2021

I always preferred MediaMonkey.

by Anonymousreply 1905/04/2021

You fucked up. You trusted the tech industry.

by Anonymousreply 2005/04/2021

Who owns music anymore?

by Anonymousreply 2105/04/2021

OP = This happened to me years ago. Never got it back....Good Luck. Your collection is likely gone forever!! But the good news is you can start over. Today is a new day!!

by Anonymousreply 2205/04/2021

Apple is not good to deal with....My IPAD Pro screen went bad (lines thru it). I went to two different repair shops and basically my 1000 dollar Ipad is an expensive doorstop now even though it still works. I went to college town and the hot clerk acted like I was wasting his time. I wanted a quote (an actual number) and what I got was "it will be expensive"...I had already priced the screen price at 300 bucks and just wanted to know how much extra labor would be.....I am waiting a couple of weeks and leaving a bad Yelp Review and cannot wait for the store manager to contact me and beg me to remove it..

by Anonymousreply 2305/04/2021

Call Apple customer service. Ask to speak to an iTunes technician. The problem may be on their end and a few steps on their end may solve it. It's worth a try.

by Anonymousreply 2405/04/2021

I'm sure if you give Apple $4000 they can fix it for you.

by Anonymousreply 2505/04/2021

Fuck iTunes. I've switched over to VLC player. They'll play any audio or video format you throw at it

I used to use Winamp back in the day when I was younger it was a good music player

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by Anonymousreply 2605/04/2021

OP, happened to me. Song titles and playlists but no music files. I called Apple and they walked me through it. You can probably get the same info on Google. It has to do with the "path" to your music files.

by Anonymousreply 2705/04/2021

Buck backed up his iTunes.

by Anonymousreply 2805/04/2021

Now's the time to switch to spotify or youtube music.

by Anonymousreply 2905/04/2021

Question---if I wanted to---and I am not saying I do---how do I get my Computer to play my cassettes tapes?...My computer is an E-Machine and my cassette is the Footloose Soundtrack if that helps. Thanks in Advance....

by Anonymousreply 3005/04/2021

Too bad for you, OP, that you got hooked up with Apple. It doesn't just work.

by Anonymousreply 3105/04/2021

Once I figure out how to get the internet on mother's Victrola it is going to be Dance Party USA!

by Anonymousreply 3205/04/2021

If you had just made a set of mixtapes, you'd still have your library.

by Anonymousreply 3305/04/2021

OP = It sounds to me like your InterWeb has a bug in it. Try reloading the floppy disc and check for dial up errors. That should work. If it doesn't I would ask someone on GeoCities or MySpace. If that doesn't work I would call MicroSoft Technical Support to see what they think the problem is.

by Anonymousreply 3405/04/2021

Frst R30, you need to crack open the cassette and carefully remove the two wheels with the tape on them. Take one and shove it into one of the USB ports in the side of your computer. Take the other wheel and shove it up your ass so I won't fall out. Then start singing.

by Anonymousreply 3505/04/2021

^it, not I.

by Anonymousreply 3605/04/2021

Apple decided what they decided. You live with it. It's Apple's entire business model. But, you can get a purple phone now, so...woo?

by Anonymousreply 3705/04/2021

Apple is so overrated. iTunes is hit-or-miss. And I loathe buying stuff from iTunes. It disappears or you have to download again or you have to wait to download again. Too many rules, not user-friendly as has been said.

by Anonymousreply 3805/04/2021

Now we'll never know what was on your ipod

by Anonymousreply 3905/04/2021

OP, you obviously weren't paying attention to the many notices Apple started sending out a YEAR ago, saying that iTunes will be discontinued this year. Don't think it's happened yet, but it will. They're phasing it out...

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by Anonymousreply 4005/04/2021

Feminine Girly Boys love their IPADs..Way more than masculinity.

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by Anonymousreply 4105/05/2021

So, im assuming that you all just threw away your iPods? And Im the stupid one? Got it.

by Anonymousreply 4205/05/2021

There are three different consideration and mis understandings here

1) iTunes Store is not the same as iTunes media manager program.

The newest IOS will not support iTunes as a media manager. However, when the newer IOS is installed, it will covert your library of paid music to Apple Music media server. You iTunes library will need to be in perfect working order for this migration to function. Furthermore, you will need to turn off streaming options of iTunes music because if it is on and you you join Apple Music as well - many songs in your library will be marked as "not available". The files are still there. If you turn off "Apple Music" streaming your library will be full again.

You need to find the last back up you did and open iTunes from that backup. You will need to rebuild everything you did since that back up. But the files are still in the music folder. Its just the library won't find them.

If you do not have a back up with the music library manager intact, you are permanently fucked. All your music is still in the music folder - but you will have to entirely rebuild a library.

In summary The iTunes PROGRAM will continue to work as a music manager if you do NOT update the IOS. It will no longer be supported by APPLE.

The iTunes Store will close this year. That would not effect a currently running iTunes library made up of ripped music. But eventually you need to migrate to a new music manager.

by Anonymousreply 4305/05/2021

OP, this has happened a few times to me over the years though not for at least 5, so what I did may be consigned to history as a way to fix. It’s only a half good/half shit solution anyway but I found if I was restoring the link/path to a song, iTunes somehow automatically searched that same folder for other songs it could relink to. There didn’t seem to be much logic to what it found and what it didn’t but it did mean that sometimes I’d click one song and 1,000 would relink. Other times it was one-by-one.

So I’d say try to start linking them all back one-on-one and you might get lucky.

I do hate that Apple is making iTunes obsolete for managing your music library. So many years of burning CDs to iTunes. I know you can get most songs on Spotify or Apple Music now but there’s maybe 10% of my music collection not on there

Oh and don’t get me started on the ridiculous ‘cancelling’ of songs like Lady Gaga’s R Kelly duet from Apple, Spotify, etc. This is why you need to own your music physically if you can. I dread the day Whitney is posthumously accused of having accidentally mis-gendered a small child in 1988 and all her songs get wiped from streaming platforms.

by Anonymousreply 4405/05/2021

I use iTunes to back up my iPad, iPod and iPhone. In fact it's automatic whenever iTunes is launched. And I use Time Machine to back up my computer. I've never lost any data. For me, iTunes still works great in managing all this media. Who cares about cloud services?

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by Anonymousreply 4505/05/2021

"You need to find the last back up you did and open iTunes from that backup. You will need to rebuild everything you did since that back up. But the files are still in the music folder. Its just the library won't find them."

How do you do this? It's something. Just got off with Apple and the useless fuck told me to susbscribe to their stupid cloud or redownload the entire 35,000 songs.

by Anonymousreply 4605/05/2021

Where is the backup of your iTunes? Are you on pc or Mac?

by Anonymousreply 4705/05/2021

Im on PC

by Anonymousreply 4805/05/2021

R35 I misread your post. I cracked up the cassette and put the tape in the DVD player. Believe it or not---that did NOT work....

by Anonymousreply 4905/05/2021

OK, PC. Does your complete back up of iTunes exist? If so, where? If you have a back up of iTunes can simply open iTunes using that back up, and not the one that is corrupt.

by Anonymousreply 5005/05/2021

R43 "There are three different consideration and mis understandings here...it will covert your library...because if it is on and you you join...Its just the library won't find them...That would not effect a currently running iTunes."

by Anonymousreply 5105/05/2021

yeah whatever R51. I am attempting to be helpful to OP.

OP - you must be very distressed. How is it going? Would you answer my question - where is your back up now? Does it include the library management file?

by Anonymousreply 5205/07/2021

[QUOTE] iTunes has never worked. It’s not user friendly.

It worked fine and was user friendly for me, but I didn’t have 25,000 songs and 100 playlists to manage.

by Anonymousreply 5305/07/2021

Go to goodwill. There is usually an enya cd for a buck That should calm you down

by Anonymousreply 5405/07/2021
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