A Complete Solution To Restore iTunes Library

The missing iTunes playlist on Mac or Windows can be recovered safely by utilizing Remo Recover software. The tool is specialized in recovering media files such as music, videos, movies, photos, etc. that are missing or deleted on Windows or Mac. Download the software now.

Written by John Harris / Updated on July 24, 2023

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.

How to Recover deleted music from iTunes library?

1. 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 or somewhere else which is convenient for you.
  • Next, rename the old library file as iTunes Library with the extension (.itl).
  • Re-launch iTunes by holding the Option button for Mac or Shift button for Windows.
  • Navigate to the File menu > Select Library > Import Playlists.
  • Now, you will be asked to choose the iTunes library file. Select the newly created or copied file that you saved.
  • 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.

2. Recover deleted iTunes Playlists using Remo Mac Photo Recovery Software

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

Remo Mac Photo Recovery Software 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. Remo (Windows/ Mac) is compatible with all the latest versions of Windows and Mac operating systems including macOS Ventura and Windows 11. Try the tool now.

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Instructions To Recover Deleted ITunes Music/ Playlists

Download and install the Remo Recover software on Windows or Mac and follow the steps below.

Step 1: Launch the Remo Mac Photo Recovery software, from the main screen select Recover Photos option.

select the recover photos option from the main screen

Step 2: Since, you have lost your iTunes from your Mac system, select Recover Lost Photos option.

select recover lost photos option to recover lost itunes music files from mac

Step 3: Select the connected drive from where you want to recover formatted iPod files and click on the Next option.

select the mac drive from where you want to recover lost music from itunes

Step 4: Select the Music and Video option as type of files that you want to recover.

select the Music and Video files option to recover lost music from itunes on mac

Step 5: Once the tool has successfully recovered lost music from iTunes. It will display them on your screen.

list of all recovered itunes music files from the mac system

Step 6: Save the recovered iTunes music files that was lost earlier in any location of your choice.


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 and then restore the music.

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