I recently experienced my first Mac catastrophe. Fortunately, I had both CCC and TM backups that I could rely on to recover. Unfortunately, when I recovered my iTunes library, although some information from the ITL file survived (playcounts and ratings, for example), regular playlists didn't (smart playlists did). I have no XML backups because I thought this data lived in the ITL. Am I out of luck, or is there someplace else I should be looking?