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2009/08/17

Attempted a rebuild of iTunes library using an article from Apple Support, "How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists." This is because the computer where iTunes would no longer boot. Also, the new computer has some recent iTunes tracks. Removed the itl and xml file from the expected location in "My Music" as directed in the article, launched iTunes and, since I needed to keep the files were they were before, I made sure uncheck "copy to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" (in iTunes, edit -> preferences -> advanced). I did the "file -> library -> import playlist" on the original iTunes xml file retrieved from the broken machine's "My Music" folder as directed in the article, and the old iTunes library and the playlists were rebuilt (undetermined number of songs weren't found). This took a while because there were 13,000 tracks before. Then I exited iTunes and saved the xml and itl files again. Then I relaunched iTunes and did a second "file -> library -> import playlist," this time pointed on the saved recent xml file on the new computer. This was fairly quick as the recent iTunes library was only a few hundred tracks. Then I decided where I wanted the iTunes Music library should be from now on, and checked the boxes for iTunes to keep the library organized and copy the files to to iTunes Music folder when adding to library. Old and new playlists are present and any decisions about genre and so forth are present as well. This is a great success. The tracks appear in order the original iTunes library was built, and then the recent iTunes library was built, but the added date is all today, not the historically added date. This is essentially a successful re-creation of an old iTunes library and merge of recent library in chronological order.

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