: Import old iTunes library?


i stole this name
Apr 4th, 2008, 04:18 PM
How is it done! i replaced all the itunes folders under music with the ones off my backup, but itunes is still blank. i tried importing the data file from within itunes but nothing

Malco
Apr 4th, 2008, 04:44 PM
Why don't you just drag the music back into iTunes?

HowEver
Apr 4th, 2008, 04:54 PM
Why don't you just drag the music back into iTunes?

That won't get you playlists, playcounts, ratings, etc. (i.e., I'd like to know as well).

Malco
Apr 4th, 2008, 05:10 PM
OK, good point.
I made my first playlist just now to test this:

Import this file from your backup.
iTunes Music Library.xml

i stole this name
Apr 4th, 2008, 05:43 PM
OK, good point.
I made my first playlist just now to test this:

Import this file from your backup.
iTunes Music Library.xml

doesnt bring any of the music back

i4detail
Apr 4th, 2008, 06:48 PM
I think this would be the appropriate process.

Assuming that your iTunes library is backed up and that back up information is what you want, and there is nothing new in your library currently (you just want to do a complete replace) here's what you do.

1) Shut down iTunes and trash whatever is in your iTunes library right now.

2) Duplicate your back up copy to where you want your working to be. Bring the entire iTunes folder in.

3) Start iTunes holding down the option key. It will tell you to locate an iTunes library. Navigate to the folder you just duplicated, and open the folder as your iTunes library.

Voila.

chas_m
Apr 4th, 2008, 07:04 PM
Easier:

1. Close iTunes.
2. Delete (or move aside) your current nonfunctional iTunes Library folder.
3. Replace it with the entire "old" iTunes Library folder in the exact same location.
4. Open iTunes.

That should get you everything just as it was.

i stole this name
Apr 4th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Easier:

1. Close iTunes.
2. Delete (or move aside) your current nonfunctional iTunes Library folder.
3. Replace it with the entire "old" iTunes Library folder in the exact same location.
4. Open iTunes.

That should get you everything just as it was.

I thought so, but it didnt work for some reason,

i4details workaround was fine though, thanks :)