Deleted iTunes Library File! Please Help!


macrumors regular
Original poster
Apr 30, 2002
New York, NY
I write this message in complete panic. Please be gentle and kind.

So, I was in the process of restoring my iPod, and that crashed iTunes. So I did a FORCE QUIT, and when I reopened iTunes, it told me that my iTunes Library was locked.

I Googled the topic, and got some awful advice to delete the data file!!! I saved the XML Library file, and idiotically deleted the ITL data iTunes Library file.

So here I am, the XML file doesn't import all of my songs and their data (i.e. date last played, play count).

I emptied the Trash, so am assuming that the Data file is long gone. I do have a recently synched iPod from the library, could that help?



macrumors 603
Jan 31, 2005
Omaha, NE, USA
You could try some kind of utility that recovers erased files. Your success will depend on how long it has been since you deleted the file and how much you have used your computer since you erased the file.


macrumors newbie
Jul 15, 2007
Pretty much the exact thing happened to me,
this may not be your case but what happened for me is my itunes library was blank... so i thought i would have to go back and put each file in individually...
there is a easier way, in itunes click Edit, then Add to Library..., select your Itunes Music Folder and it should add all of the songs in there back into your library.
This worked for me and i hope it works for you too...