How do I reinstall iTunes without losing all playlists, edited song info, covers etc?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by felixen, Sep 8, 2011.

  1. felixen macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    My iTunes sucks. It won't update iDevices and it won't sync photos directly from my photos folder (says some stupid archive is missing?!). When I try with iPhoto instead it will only list some of the photos in each album - some albums are even empty. So how do I reinstall iTunes without losing the stuff mentioned in the topic title?

    Thanks! :)
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    You will need to keep a copy of the 'iTunes library' file.

    Its normally located in the folder where your music is kept.

    Edit* Probably a good idea to keep the XML file also.
  3. felixen, Sep 8, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2011

    felixen thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Apr 13, 2009
    Thanks man. When I have reinstalled iTunes, can I just replace the new music folder with the old one I've backed up?

    I can copy all of these from the iTunes folder right? That shouldn't also copy whatever is causing my current problem in iTunes?

    Album Artwork
    iTunes Library Extras.itdb
    iTunes Library Genius.itdb
    iTunes Library.itl
    iTunes Music
    iTunes Music Library.xml
    Mobile Applications
  4. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010
    When opening iTunes for the first time, hold down option and iTunes will let you select your previous library file.

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