Recovering iTunes Playlists After Restore from TM?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by safelder, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. safelder macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2010
    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?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Your playlists are usually stored in a subfolder in
    ~/Music/iTunes Libraries/iTunes Mac/​
    which should also contain your iTunes Library.xml file.
  3. dknightd macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2004
    Assuming you are on a Mac, with a default iTunes configuration, all your playlists should be in
    ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library.itl

    When you restored this .itl file you should have got all your playlists back.

    I can't explain why you did not - but I can speculate. Maybe your mac crashed when it was trying to write this file. In which case you'll have to go back to an older version.

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