I've messed up my library, argh!

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  1. DrPips macrumors newbie

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    Hi All,

    I was messing about trying to backup my library, and I think I deleted the backup rather than the original library, consequently my itunes library is a mess of songs that it can't find, and songs that it can (it's a bit weird that it can find some songs.)

    What's the easiest way of fixing my cockup without losing song ratings and play counts?

    Thanks,

    Dom
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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  3. DrPips thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I haven't lost the songs, they're all still there, it's just that the library file is looking in the wrong place for them.
     
  4. rboy505 macrumors member

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    If the songs are all still there you should be able to just drag them all into a new library, instead of making the library learn where they are. Their metatdata *should* organize them back in place.
     
  5. DrPips thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If I try that, I'll lost all my ratings and play counts won't I?
     
  6. DrPips thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This is so frustrating. I'm trying to make sure that I've got itunes set up correctly, so I change my library location in edit-preferecences-advanced.

    Then I'm deleting a song from the library and downloading it again from icloud to see where it puts it.

    If I have the media location set it to itunes media it puts it straight in there, so C:\Users\Dom\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Artist\Album etc. It shouldn't be that, because then things like apps and books are mixed in with the artists.

    If I have it set to C:\Users\Dom\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music then it puts it in C:\Users\Dom\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Music\Music\Artist\Album

    Where does it put it in Music twice?? So annoying!

    Dom
     
  7. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Backup from Time Machine easily if you are using a Mac.

    Don't mess with settings you don't understand. The file locations are hard-coded on a PC. Thus, if you change the folder location, you have to move that folder. Again, revert all your changes. Do NOT mess with the structure iTunes created. Do NOT go into the folders if you don't understand how files are referenced.

    Here's how to move your iTunes library:
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4527
     
  8. DrPips thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately I'm on a PC. What I was trying to do was sort out a backup onto a NAS, but I've just buggered it up.

    My problem now is that I can't set it up to be like it was before. I've just tried the reset button for the library location, which makes it look right in the settings, but then when a song is added to that location it looks like C:\Users\Dom\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\iTunes Media I don't understand why iTunes Media is there twice!

    Dom
     
  9. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Backup:
    iTunes Library.itl
    iTunes Library Extras.itdb
    iTunes Music Library.xml

    It seems that you changed the library location, and that created the additional "iTunes Media" folder. Try setting library location one folder level up?
     

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