2 Best Ways to Fix Corrupted/Damaged iTunes Library

Oh no! What did you do? Somehow, your iTunes library was damaged, and have no idea how to repair iTunes library damaged. Where did all your music go? Maybe you accidentally clicked on the wrong thing or you tried to do something shady on your computer and the iTunes.library.itl got messed up. If all you’re getting is a dialog box that says “iTunes Library.itl can’t be read”, then you have a few options still.

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How to Repair Corrupted iTunes Library on Win/Mac?

1 Fix Corrupted iTunes Library with Older Library File

Having a corrupted iTunes library can take you by surprise and you may not know how to approach it. You can try to repair it though by replacing the corrupted “iTunes.Library.itl” file with an older, non-corrupt version. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Ensure your iTunes is closed and not running any more. Or it may damage the older file when fixing.
Step 2: Find your iTunes library damaged on your computer and rename it, like “Damaged iTunes Library.itl”.

  • For Mac OS: /Users/username/Music/iTunes/iTunes Library.itl
  • For Windows 10/8/7/Vista: C:/Users/[User Name]/My Music/ iTunes/iTunes Library.itl
  • For Windows XP: Documents and Settings/[User Name]/My Documents/My Music/iTunes/iTunes Library.itl

Step 3: After you’ve renamed the previous iTunes library, look for the folder that says “Previous iTunes Libraries” in the iTunes folder that you’re in. Click on it.
Step 4: In there, you should be able to find a recent previous version of your library. Copy it and paste it to where “Damaged iTunes Library.itl” locates, and rename it to the generic “iTunes Library.itl” that iTunes will recognize.

Hopefully this one is not also corrupted, but if it is, repeat this process with previous libraries until you find a good one.
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2 Directly Repair Damaged iTunes Library from iPod/iPad/iPhone

If you restore your library to a previous version, as mentioned above, and find that you ended up losing files, this can certainly be disheartening. However, don’t lose hope! You can repair iTunes library using the data that is on your iOS device.

iMyFone TunesMate is a great tool to help you repair damaged iTunes library from iPhone/iPad/iPod.

  • Transfer media files from (unlimited) iPhone/iPod/iPad to iTunes library.
  • Transfer iPhone music, movies, playlists, audiobooks, podcasts, iTunes U, TV shows, photos, etc.
  • Move iTunes library from one computer to another without data loss.
  • Highly spoken of by hundreds of users and well-known media.

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How to Repair Corrupted iTunes Library Easily from iPhone?

Step 1: Download and install the free trial version of TunesMate to have a try. Plug in your iPhone/iPad/iPod.

Step 2: Click on the “Music” tab near the top. You should see music from your device begin to populate the screen.

Step 3: Select the music that you want to restore to your library and click “Export,” then “Export to iTunes.”

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In this way, you can selectively repair your iTunes library damaged. Or you may want to repair iTunes library in 1 click. Just go to "Transfer iDevice Media to iTunes" at the home interface.


Now, what is iMyFone TunesMate and how it can repair your corrupted iTunes library may be clear for you. Why does it seem to have all these great abilities? Well, you can think of it as an alternative to iTunes, one that gives you more control over your files instead of trying to impose restrictions. It has some incredible features, including:

  • Back up iPhone/iTunes music/movies and restore backups.
  • Transfer files to iPhone/iPod/iPad from computers/iTunes libraries/external hard drive/CDs/music players, etc.
  • Manage and transfer files of almost any kind of format, including pictures, music, video, playlists, and more.
  • Edit certain files on the fly before you transfer them.
  • Share files between many different iOS devices and computers, so you don’t have to comply with Apple’s restriction of 5 devices.
  • A tool that detects duplicate files so that you can get rid of them.

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As you can see, TunesMate is a very feature rich application, and it belongs in the virtual toolbox of anyone who owns an iOS device. Not only does it help you get around Apple’s restrictions, but it can possibly save your files in an emergency. You may want to give it a free trial.

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