A Complete Solution to Restore iTunes Library

Updated on November 27, 2020

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With iTunes on your Apple device, you can enjoy non-stop music from anywhere, any time. But what if you lose all the songs from iTunes Playlist after a software update, accidental deletion, or virus infection. How do you recover the lost iTunes music? Do not worry, after reading this article, you can recover the deleted iTunes Library with all its music.

Restore iTunes Music by Replacing The Old Music Library

When the music files are missing from the iTunes library, the quickest and easiest way to restore them is by replacing it with an old file. And here is how you can do it.

  • Exit from the iTunes
  • Navigate to the Music folder from the home screen and then click on the iTunes folder for Mac
  • For Windows computers, go to Users\username\Music\iTunes
  • In the iTunes, folder locate the Previous iTunes Libraries folder and open it.
  • From the list of iTunes library files, find the most recent file which is indicated by its date.
  • Copy the file and paste it within the iTunes folder 
  • Next, rename the old library file as iTunes Library with the extension (.itl)
  • Re-launch iTunes and hold the Option button for Mac or Shift button for Windows
  • Now, you will be asked to choose the iTunes library file. Select the newly resorted file
  • After doing so, you will be able to restore the iTunes playlist

Although this is one of the easiest methods to restore an iTunes playlist, it is not proven to be effective in all circumstances. Because this method will not help you to restore the most recently purchased music on iTunes. If replacing the Library file doesn’t work, you can also restore deleted iTunes music from a backup as well.

But what if you don’t have a backup and your iTunes library is permanently deleted from the computer. In such a case, you cannot restore the iTunes playlist or its songs with the above solution. You will have to follow a different approach.

How do I get back iTunes music, if I don’t have a backup or if the songs are permanently deleted?

Any music files that are missing that are deleted or missing after an update will remain with the storage drive. But to recover this data, you need to use a trusted data recovery software.

Remo Recover is a renowned tool to recover deleted iTunes music on your computer. With its powerful deep scan algorithm, this tool scans every sector of the drive to recover lost iTunes music. This tool restores music without damaging your precious music files. You can also utilize the tool on the lates macOS Big Sur. Download and try the tool for free now.

Instructions to Recover Deleted iTunes Music

Download and install the Remo Mac Photo Recovery software and follow the steps below.

  • On the main screen click on Recover Files tab, and select the disk from which iTunes music has to be recovered
  • Recover deleted music on iTunes

  • Click on Scan button at the bottom left corner to start the scanning process
  • After the completion of scanning process the recovered data will be presented in File Type View and Data View, browse through both the tab to find the recovered iTunes music
  • Preview the restored itunes library

  • If you are not able to locate the music files, click on Deep Scan button at the bottom to perform an extensive search on the drive
  • Lastly, click on Save button and browse a location on the computer to save the recovered iTunes playlist


Your favorite music on Mac can be lost or deleted for many reasons as discussed in the article. However, by following the steps to restore iTunes, you will be able to retrieve the iTunes playlist by replacing the music library or restoring it from a backup. Sometimes you might have lost a backup file from the computer after an update. However, you can also restore the missing iTunes backup file with Remo Recover and then restore the music.

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