iTunes Library.itl Error Message

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In the event your iTunes becomes corrupt, you can always try to recreate your library. Before beginning, it's important to note that following this procedure will delete your comments, playlists, and song ratings.

iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read

The following procedure applies to cases where users are met with the following error message: The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. If this case applies to you, you can follow the below procedure to get your iTunes up and running again:

Close iTunes and go to your iTunes folder. Enter
\Users\[Username]\My Music\

Next, find the files labeled iTunes Library.xml and iTunes Library.itl. Delete them:

You may now relaunch your iTunes and begin recreating your media library.
Jean-François Pillou

Jean-François Pillou - Founder of CCM
Better known as Jeff, Jean-François Pillou is the founder of He is also CEO of CCM Benchmark and digital director at the Figaro Group.

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