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Did iTunes Erase Your Music? This is How to Recover It

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October 17, 2017 (Updated: April 2, 2018锛

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鈥淚 thought technology was intended to make life easy, but iTunes is making life hard for me. I bought a new iPhone 8, and I needed to sync my files to my new iPhone 8. I was asked to upgrade my iTunes to the latest version, and I did and later synced my iPhone 7 Plus. Now, I tried to sync my iTunes media library to my new iPhone 8, but iTunes erased my music, most of my tracks and new additions to my library are missing. How can I recover my lost music, photos, videos and other files? 鈥 Thompson Lee.鈥

The reports of inadvertently deleted music on iPhone due to iTunes errors is becoming rampant. If iTunes erased music from your iPhone or from backed up music library, there is little you can do to recover your lost songs. However, there is something you can do to ensure that such incidence never raises its ugly head again.

How to Preview and Selectively Recover Lost/Mmissing/ Accidentally Deleted iTunes Music

The best way to prevent iTunes from erasing your playlist, contents, settings, or even entire media library is to ditch iTunes and start using a more competent alternative called iMyFone TunesMate.

iMyFone TunesMate iPhone Transfer is an iPhone file transfer software that gives you every freedom to transfer your iTunes library between iDevices, iTunes or PCs. There is no atom of file transfer restrictions when using TunesMate.

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  • iPhone music manage- add from PC/iTunes, export to PC/iTunes, delete music, manage playlist etc.
  • Transfer iTunes libraries to iPhone without Apple ID or password.
  • Transfer data from unlimited iTunes libraries to an unlimited number of iDevices, and vice versa.
  • TunesMate supports both free and purchased files like music, movies, apps, etc. to be transferred from one iPhone to another.
  • Preview and selectively synchronize your music libraries to your iPhone or PC, no data loss.
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Steps to Recovery iTunes Erased Music

Step 1: Download and install TunesMate on your PC. Then, connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your computer, and launch TunesMate.

Step 2: Click on 鈥1-Click transfer iTunes Media to iDevices鈥 on the Home interface to scan your iDevice.
Recovery iTunes Erased Music

Step 3: Check the media files you鈥檒l like to transfer, and click the Start button to transfer them and you can get back you lost music.
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How to Restore iTunes Library after Updated iTunes

Many iPhone, iPod and iPad users don鈥檛 know what to do when they don鈥檛 see their songs, albums, playlists and other media files after an iTunes update. Are you one of such persons?

You should know that in most cases, iTunes keeps track of your library files should in case iTunes fails to restore your library files immediately after an update. In cases like this, all or some of your iTunes files will be missing. Below are the steps to restore your iTunes library.

Step 1: Close iTunes
Step 2: Find the iTunes folder that contains your latest iTunes library files.
Mac: Click on Finder > Home > Double click the Music folder.
Windows: Click on User > Username > My Music > iTunes
Step 3: Drag the iTunes library.itl file to your desktop. Then, open the folder.
iTunes Library location

Step 4: Find the most recent file, the name would look like iTunes Library YYYY-MM-DD.
Step 5: Select the file by clicking on it, then press Cmd + C (Mac) or Ctrl + C.
Step 6: Press Cmd + Up arrow (Mac) or Alt + Up arrow (Windows).
Step 7: Press Cmd + V (Mac) or Ctrl + V (Windows).
Step 8: The YYYY-MM-DD file should now be in your iTunes folder. Rename the copy 鈥渋Tunes Library.itl鈥 (Please don鈥檛 add the quotation marks).
Step 9: Hold down the Option key (Mac) or the Shift key (Windows) before launching iTunes.
Step 10: You will see a notification asking you to choose a library. Click on 鈥淐hoose Library, and select the file you renamed in step 8.

Painful Disadvantages of Using iTunes

iTunes comes with many painful flaws. The most annoying is performance, followed by unnecessary restrictions on what you can do with iTunes. We鈥檝e listed and discussed some of them below.

  • Performance: Though iTunes has been in the market for a long duration of time, it鈥檚 still struggling with poor performance issues. iTunes runs very slowly on Windows computer especially if the RAM is small.
  • High tendencies to file loss: At a time, iTunes and file loss became synonymous. Apple has on several occasions agreed to the fact that the complaints from users which hinges on 鈥渋Tunes erased my library鈥 is true. Yet, they don鈥檛 have any remedy to this problem.
  • Complexity and user-unfriendliness: iTunes is no longer the simple music software it used to be. Now, it鈥檚 complex and unfriendly, and its interface is hard to browse through.
  • Unnecessary restrictions: Unlike iTunes, most third-party apps would give you the freedom to do whatever you want with your files, and transfer files to any destination or device. That鈥檚 why many refer to iTunes as the master of restrictions.

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