Wednesday, February 21, 2024

How to completely reset iTunes 11 playlist and library and start fresh

Here’s a quick and easy method to reset or refresh your iTunes Library or Playlists and start fresh as if you have just installed iTunes 11 for the first time.

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Quick steps to reset and start fresh with iTunes 11 Playlists and Libraries

  1. Exit iTunes
  2. Click Start buttonMusiciTunes
  3. Rename “iTunes Library” to something like “iTunes Library.old” (This is a ITL File)
  4. Rename “iTunes Music Library” to something like “iTunes Music Library.old” (This is a XML file)
  5. Done, Now start your iTunes as fresh as a new installation, and start importing music files and folders. That’s it.

The Story Behind how I messed with my iTunes playlist

iTunes 11 is my favorite music player on my Windows 7 machine. But one day I ended up with a messed up playlist.

When I tried to play my favorite song it prompted an annoying message saying ” The song “My favorite song” could not be used because the original file could not be found. Would you like to locate it?”, then I clicked on Locate and browsed to the new location where I have moved the music file.

Once I located the new file, iTunes tried to locate and grab the other missing file too ” Would you like iTunes to use the location of “My favorite song” to find other missing files in your library?” , I clicked on “Find Files, and it was great to see iTunes automatically locate the other missing files ” iTunes was able to locate all of the missing files”.

This looked pretty easy for the first time, but soon it looked like a nightmare to locate missing  music file again and again and again. But why did I ran into this issue, simple, I have either renamed, moved or even deleted a song or folder from my hard drive. I thought, uninstalling and re-installing iTunes 11 will fix this issue and I can start from the beginning but it didn’t work. After a while I found the fix and have posted it above.

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