How to Recover Lost iTunes Music on A Computer

iTunes keeps track of your media content and playlists in a library file. Sometimes you might open iTunes only to find that you have lost all the library content including music, movies, TV shows, apps, songs, and playlists but when you check the path of the files, the music is still in their folders.

Losing the iTunes music library is a prevalent problem to some users who have just updated their iTunes applications. Also enabling iCloud Music Library may cause the error of unable to connect to iTunes library. When this happens all the media content previously on your library disappears. If you are a victim of this annoying and horrible issue, read on, we have a right solution to fix it.

Method 1: How to Fix “Lost iTunes Music on the Computer”

As a precaution, iTunes always keeps a copy of the library that was there before the software update. With the right procedure, one can be able to recover or restore the lost iTunes library by rebuilding it from the old one that was there before the version upgrade. To do this follow the following steps:

Step 1: Close the iTunes application on your Mac or PC.

Step 2: Navigate and locate the folder that contains the iTunes library and all your media files.
- On a Mac: go to Home > Music > iTunes
- On a Windows PC: got to Users > Username > My Music > iTunes

Step 3: Once you open the iTunes folder on your Mac or PC, locate the Library.itl file and then drag it to your desktop.

Step 4: Open the folder named ‘Previous iTunes Libraries’ and from there locate the most recent iTunes library according to their dates. Find the file called iTunes Library YYYY-MM-DD which appears to be the most recent. YYYY represents the Year, MM the month and DD the date when the library was created.

Step 5: After locating the most recent, select it and then copy it using the keyboard shortcuts. On a Mac press Cmd + C and windows press Ctrl + C.

Step 6: Move back to the iTunes folder and if using a Mac press Cmd + V. if using windows press Ctrl + V to paste the copied file.

Step 7: After the YYYY-MM-DD file is copied to your iTunes folder, rename it to ‘iTunes Library.itl.’

Step 8: Once all that is done, then open iTunes while holding the option key on Mac or Shift on windows. A message will thereafter pop up asking you to choose iTunes Library.

Step 9: Click choose library and select the iTunes library.itl file you have just renamed.

Step 10: Once everything is restored, delete the iTunes Library.itl file you moved to the desktop entirely from your computer.

Lost iTunes Music on the Computer

These steps will help you recover the lost iTunes music on the computer. However, there is a small set back as any modifications you had made to your library after the date on the iTunes library you used will not be included or re-added.


Method 2: Fix “Lost iTunes Music on the Computer” with iMyFone TunesMate

If the steps above did not fix the issue, don’t panic yet. You can restore your iTunes library from your iPhone, iPad or iPod using iMyFone TunesMate.

iMyFone TunesMate is an application that has been designed to manage your iTunes library including backup and restore professionally. It is maintained and regularly updated by iMyFone. The software can selectively autodetect and preview any media content on your iDevices and not on your iTunes library and then copy the new files without deleting the old data.

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Steps to get back your lost iTunes music on computer with iMyFone TunesMate

Step 1: Run iMyFone TunesMate on your computer and then connect your iPhone using a USB cable.

Step 2: Click "Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes" from the Home interface and on the popup window click “Start” to scan your iDevice for all the media content, not on iTunes.
Lost iTunes Music on the Computer

Step 3: Once the scan is done click "Start" button to begin the transfer process then “Complete" button from the pop-up window after it finishes.
Lost iTunes Music on the Computer

Once done you will have successfully restored your lost iTunes music library from your iPhone, iPad or iPod.