Nov 21

Apparently when your iTunes library is not in the default location, it will create another xml called “iTunes Library.xml” and will no longer use the default “iTunes Music Library.xml”.  This is fine unless you use another program to access the itunes data.  Those programs want to use “iTunes Music Library.xml” which has not been updated since you moved your library!  Crazy right?!?!

Easy fix: (Note: Always Backup your iTunes library first.  But you do this regularly anyway, right?)

  1. Make sure iTunes is closed, and go to the iTunes folder.  Rename “iTunes Library.itl” to “iTunes Music Library.itl”
  2. Hold down the Shift key (Option key on a Mac) and open iTunes.
  3. Select “Choose existing library” and select the newly renamed “iTunes Library.itl”

Now all the programs that need to access iTunes data will get the most updated library.



10 Responses to “iTunes Music Library.xml not Updating – Fix!”

  1. Eric Schurr Says:

    THANK YOU. I have been trying to solve this problem for WEEKS. this was the shortest, easiest fix i’ve discovered. YOU SAVED ME.

  2. G Says:

    This was a disaster for me. I am not sure why and neither is the tech support guy who suggested I do this. It worked for him but for me it deleted ALL my playlists.

  3. G Says:

    DO NOT USE THIS ADVICE (or at least read this first) !!! I won’t go into details here as to how the above method csn delete your ENTIRE library (xml file but not the music) but before you do this take a copy of the XML file and save to desktop.

  4. Zen Says:

    I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you G. It worked for me and several others. I didn’t think I had to say it, but ALWAYS, ALWAYS backup your iTunes library before making any changes.

  5. apowers Says:

    Work Like Charm……Thank You!!

  6. DJ Mystical Michael Says:

    Thanks Zen, worked great and now I can let out a sigh of relief. Do you know if it will continue to update the list or do we have to do it manually from time to time like this?

  7. Zen Says:

    DJ, it has continued to update for me. Hopefully it will do the same for you.

  8. PAT Says:

    Is this for Windows or Apple?

  9. Zen Says:

    Pat, I have only tested this on Windows.

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