iTunes is a media player and iTunes library is a database application developed by Apple Inc. used to play, download, and organize your music files on personal computer. Using iTunes you can organize digital audio and video on a PC running the windows, OS X operating system, iPod, iPhone and iPad devices. There are two types of files created by iTunes library. iTunes library.itl file and iTunes Library.xml.
iTunes Library.itl: It is a record of the songs and the playlists created by you in the library. Some song related details are saved in this file. If the file gets deleted accidently, itunes creates new library file and all the songs, playlists, ratings, comments etc are lost.
iTunes Library.xml : The purpose of the iTunes Library.xml file is to make your music and playlists available to other applications on your computer.
There are chances that your iTunes Library file may become damaged and cause iTunes to become unresponsive. In such situations the;iTunes Library.xml; may be used to re-create a new iTunes Library file. But there are instances when your iTunes library gets deleted or lost due to accidental deletion, operating system crash or improper backup. If you lose your iTunes library in any such cases you can't restore them back manually and need the help of recovery software. Your iTunes library may get deleted in following cases:
- Accidental deletion: While clearing space on your laptop or PC if you accidentally delete you entire iTunes folder then the entire iTunes library gets deleted. Due to its large size this iTunes folder may bypass the trash or recycle-bin and can't be restored from it also.
- System crash: Your system may get crashed due to file corruption, virus infection, power surge or hard disk failure resulting in loss of your iTunes library from it.
- Accidental formatting: If you unintentionally format a wrong hard drive on Windows or Mac machine containing iTunes folder, it will result in erasing complete iTunes library. You may also unintentionally format your iPod’s flash memory and hence lose your iTunes library from it.
- Virus Attack: Any harmful virus or malware program may penetrate into your system through internet or some other source making iTunes library files corrupted and therefore inaccessible or even deleted from your system.
How to Recover iTunes Library
iPod Recovery software is one of the best recovery software to restore your deleted or lost iTunes library files in any of the scenarios stated above or more. You can easily restore your lost or deleted iTunes library with the help of this recovery software in few simple and easy steps. This is the most trusted and recommended recovery software worldwide which can easily recover iTunes library from Windows as well as Mac systems. Apart from this you can recover files from iPod after format operation. Restore your lost iTunes library with a free demo version of this software. The demo version of the software has similar functionality as the licensed one. But you cannot save the recovered files with the demo version. After the recovery of iTunes library files, just preview them, in order to judge software’s functionality. This software can be used to;restore lost files from iPod;after iTunes synchronization errors. You can save your recovered files on any drive accessible to the host computer, such as CD / DVD drive, USB flash drive, external hard drive, etc. Hence, all your worries regarding how to recover iTunes library is solved with few simple mouse clicks.
Steps to recover lost/deleted iTunes library:
Step 1: Download and install iPod Recovery software on your computer. Open welcome screen of the tool as shown below in fig 1.
Fig 1: Welcome Screen
Step 2: Follow simple on screen instructions and select the formatted/ deleted drive. click on next.
Step 3: From the list of recovered files, double click on iTunes folder and preview the recovered files as shown below in fig 3.
Fig 3: Recovered files
Step 4: Finally, save the recovered iTunes library files to any of your desired storage location.