Solved

iTunes playlist and music restore

Posted on 2012-12-29
10
778 Views
Last Modified: 2012-12-31
I have a first generation iPod that is in great shape and has been working fine.  Lately Windows 7 started warning me about scanning it. I then initialized it and synced it. Everything worked great until I synced with 5 new songs, then when playing in the car it froze.  I couldnt remove it so I waited a few days and it seemed to be back to normal.  
Upon further investigation, I come to find out that it only has those 5 songs, not the other 1000 or so.  So I thought if I sync it, life would be great. Nope. Now my library only has those 5 songs.
I have backups of my music and my C: Drive.
The music directory, used by iTunes still has the 1000+ songs. So I thought I could go into d:\Music and highlight the subdirectories and import.  Only imported 100 songs.

Is there a way I can start from scratch with iTunes and my D:\Music?
After that, is it possible to use my C:drive backup to restore the playlists ? Right now the play lists are hosed as well.

Frustrating!!!!
0
Comment
Question by:GNOVAK
  • 6
  • 4
10 Comments
 
LVL 26

Accepted Solution

by:
akahan earned 500 total points
ID: 38730036
Open ITunes.
Empty the library by selecting everything in the library and hitting delete, so you're starting from scratch.

If it asks, do NOT tell it to delete the files (or send them to the recycle bin) when emptying the library.

Still in iTunes, select File, then Add Folder to Library.
Select your d:\music folder, the one that has all your music.
This should put all the music in your iTunes library.
Do you have all your music now in your library, or just 100 songs?
And, are you able to get at least this far, or does a problem occur before getting to that point?
0
 

Author Comment

by:GNOVAK
ID: 38730337
I had to select all the subdirectories by usng CTL-A. I had itunes put songs in a group-album directory structure.
It then asks if I want to convert the WMAs and I say yes (there are a few files in the root)
After saying Yes and converting, it tells me that some are in Protected format (2) and I say ok
It doesnt go into subdirectories - I would have to do that one by one.
It only gives me the songs from root.
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:akahan
ID: 38730341
No, you're not doing what I've suggested.

You don't select subdirectories.  You don't import.

Again:

Open iTunes.

FROM ITUNES, Choose FILE.
Choose ADD FOLDER TO LIBRARY.
Choose the Music Folder.
If you do this, there is NO WAY to select subdirectories, and you don't want or need to. It will automatically include all the subdirectories.
0
Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

 

Author Comment

by:GNOVAK
ID: 38731224
Yep - I was doing it wrong. I used the upper pulldown instead of the FILE menu.  The upper pulldown only allows adding a File, not a directory.
Looks like its working like a charm!

I know I can just backup my music, but is there an easy way to backup the playlists?
I have the latest, greatest iTunes.

Thanks...
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:akahan
ID: 38731258
You can back up the playlists...the problem is that the playlists are pointers to the music files, so if you wipe and restore your library, the playlists will not necessarily still point to the right places.    That said, here are the "official" instructions from Apple for backing up and restoring playlists:

http://support.apple.com/kb/TA47831
0
 

Author Comment

by:GNOVAK
ID: 38731267
Without Exporting, would it be possible to back up the playlist wherever Apple keeps them, then just "put them back" if they are ever wrong?

Would need to know where they are kept. Any idea?
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:akahan
ID: 38731291
Sure, the library and playlist information is all kept in  the file iTunes Library.itl.

If you restore that file from a backup, and your music is still located where it was when you made the backup, that should cover it.

In fact, you should be able to find prior versions of your iTunes Library.itl file in "Previous Itunes Libraries," a subdirectory of your iTunes directory.  So if you hopelessly mangle your playlists, the easiest thing to do might be to just go back to a previously backed-up version of the iTunes Library.itl file.
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:akahan
ID: 38731299
OH, and as an alternative:

Suppose your playlists are screwed up on your PC, but they're still fine on your iPod, because you haven't sync'd the two since you messed the playlists up on the PC.  You can copy the version of the playlist on the iPod onto the PC using the free software at www.getsharepod.com 

Of course, make sure that, when you connect the iPod to the PC, iTunes doesn't courteously start up and sync for you, thereby copying the ruined playlist from the PC to the iPod!

This software will also copy music from the iPod to the PC, and do a myriad of other similar things. Definitely good to have around.
0
 

Author Comment

by:GNOVAK
ID: 38732896
Thanks.
I'll give that a try.
I noticed that although it imported all the songs, the playlists are corrupt, and, worse of all, the ratings are all gone as well.
I thought the ratings were part of the music files
0
 
LVL 26

Expert Comment

by:akahan
ID: 38732904
The ratings are stored in the library file, not in the music files themselves.
You could try restoring a recent version of iTunes library.itl to see if that gets you back your playlists and ratings.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Great sound, comfort and fit, excellent build quality, versatility, compatibility. These are just some of the many reasons for choosing a headset from Sennheiser.
How to record audio from input sources to your PC – connected devices, connected preamp to record vinyl discs, streaming media, that play through your audio card: Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 – both 32 bit & 64.
Viewers will learn the basics of making and using Impulse Kits in Ableton Live. Load new Impulse into an empty MIDI track: Fill the 8 empty sample slots with drum samples: Adjust parameters to tailor each sound as desired: Proceed to create be…
Viewers will learn the basics of creating custom device Racks in Ableton Live. Place instrument(s) and effects onto a track, and select them all by holding the Shift key and clicking on the device title bars: Group them by typing Command-G (Ctrl-G…

839 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question