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jholzner
Jan 20, 2004, 02:20 AM
I accidentally deleted my iTunes library. I can redo all my playlists no problem but how do I get my "purchased music" smart playlist back?



robbieduncan
Jan 20, 2004, 02:48 AM
If the files are gone from your hard drive there is no way to get them back without buying them again. Apple have made this very clear more than one: Back Up Your Purchased Music Files!

zimv20
Jan 20, 2004, 02:55 AM
i think he deleted the library file only, not the actual mp3s and mp4s.

Ambrose Chapel
Jan 20, 2004, 05:35 AM
you can make a new smart playlist for files with type m4p.

robotrenegade
Jan 20, 2004, 06:28 AM
If you have an ipod take them off that. There is free software that will do that. I did it once.

Kenny Pollock
Jan 20, 2004, 06:56 AM
Originally posted by robotrenegade
If you have an ipod take them off that. There is free software that will do that. I did it once.
iPod Rip by The Lil' App Factory could do that ;)

jholzner
Jan 20, 2004, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by robbieduncan
If the files are gone from your hard drive there is no way to get them back without buying them again. Apple have made this very clear more than one: Back Up Your Purchased Music Files!

I still have all my music files I just deleted the library file that had all my playlist info. So, all my music is still there. I know I could type .mp4 but I also ripped all my CDs in AAC so it would put those in there too. I just want my purchased music in one playlist.

ftaok
Jan 20, 2004, 07:43 AM
Originally posted by jholzner
I still have all my music files I just deleted the library file that had all my playlist info. So, all my music is still there. I know I could type .mp4 but I also ripped all my CDs in AAC so it would put those in there too. I just want my purchased music in one playlist. The poster above wrote "m4p". These are the protected AAC files that you buy at iTMS. The ones that you rip from your CD collection are m4a. Both of these types of files are AAC files, but they're also known as mp4.

Confusing? Yes.

Ambrose Chapel
Jan 20, 2004, 08:03 AM
right; a smart playlist with m4p will only include iTMS-bought files

jholzner
Jan 20, 2004, 08:28 AM
Originally posted by ftaok
The poster above wrote "m4p". These are the protected AAC files that you buy at iTMS. The ones that you rip from your CD collection are m4a. Both of these types of files are AAC files, but they're also known as mp4.

Confusing? Yes.

Hmm...didn't know that. I'll try it when I get home for lunch.

Thanks!!!

vniow
Jan 20, 2004, 12:19 PM
This is very simple:

Go to Advanced/Check For Purchaced Music, enter your name and password (if applicable), hit the Check butoon, wait a bit and a Purchaced Music playlist should appear right below the Music Store button.