What is iTunes Library?

iTunes library means everything for iTunes. It's a database to store all valuable information and files to organize music and other things. Therefore, it could be as large as gigabyte depending on how many music you have. Although iTunes library is a giant, it only contains two files: iTunes Library.xml and iTunes Library.itl.

Part 1. Where iTunes Library Files Locate

The two library files locate at the same folder, but have different path for Mac and Windows machines. They are used by iTunes for different purposes. See below for more information.

Mac OS X: /Users/USERNAME/Music/iTunes/

Windows XP: C:Documents and SettingsUSERNAMEMy DocumentsMy MusiciTunes

Windows Vista: C:UsersUSERNAMEMusiciTunes

Windows 7: C:UsersUSERNAMEMy MusiciTunes

Part 2. iTunes Library.itl file

The extension name "itl" means exactly iTunes library. However, prior to iTunes 10.4, The iTunes library has no such extension name in Mac. Since it's a database file, iTunes Library.itl is indispensable for iTunes. It stores information of your songs, playlists, and some song-related information. If you removed this file, iTunes will create a brand new one, so any playlists, song ratings, or other information is lost.

By creating multiple iTunes libraries, you will have multiple sets of iTunes library files - in different folder. You could choose to open which library by holding down "Option" (Mac) or "Shift" (Windows) key when run iTunes.

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Note: You can restore your iTunes library with Time Machine in Mac, because iTunes Library.itl is the only iTunes library file that is backed up by Time Machine by default.

Part 3. iTunes Library.xml file

XML was designed to transport and store data. iTunes uses this well-organized and easy to understand format to communicate with other applications such as iPhoto, iDVD, and iMovie. Therefore, you can easily add itunes music to your projects.

Part 4. iTunes Media folder

iTunes now doesn't only means music, but also video, books, podcasts, etc. Besides iTunes library, iTunes also use an iTunes Media folder to store other data. You will probably get these stuff in iTunes Media folder:

1. Music and Artworks Ripped from CDs.

2. iTunes Store purchases.

2. Any other items you imported into iTunes (requires the option to "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" in iTunes Preferences).

Copy files to iTunes Media folder

Part 5. Fix iTunes Library

If you want to fix or recover your iTunes Library, you should try Keepvid Music. It is a free music download platform which can download backgroud music directly. It is totally free programming that can be compatible with Windows and Mac. It can fix ID3 tags, covers, and delete duplicate Song & remove missing tracks.

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Step 1. Download and install Keepvid Music.

Step 2. If you want to fix music, including the missing tags, missing tracks, deleting duplicates and so one. Just click "Clean up iTunes Library" after you select the "TOOLBOX" option.

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Step 3.After you click the "Clean up iTuns libary", you can scan the itunes Library.

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iTunes Library

1. iTunes Tips+
  1. 1.1 Playlist Disappeared
  2. 1.2 Best iTunes Alternatives
  3. 1.3 Share Playlist
  4. 1.4 Playlist to iPod
  5. 1.5 Copy Playlist
  6. 1.6 iTunes and Smart Playlist
  7. 1.7 Sync Playlist to iPhone
  8. 1.8 Solution of iOS
  9. 1.9 iTunes Radio to Mp3
  10. 1.10 iTunes Tag
2. iTunes Library+
  1. 2.1 iTunes Library Disappeared
  2. 2.2 Reduce Your iTunes Library
  3. 2.3 Analyze iTunes Library
  4. 2.4 iTunes Library location
  5. 2.5 With Multiple Macs
  6. 2.6 Multiple iTunes Libraries
  7. 2.7 iTunes Music Library
  8. 2.8 iTunes Library
3. Backup & Recover+
  1. 3.1 Backup iPod Music
  2. 3.2 Recover Lost iTunes Music
  3. 3.3 Delete iTunes Backup
  4. 3.4 Backup iTunes Playlist
  5. 3.5 Backup to ExternalDrive
  6. 3.6 Backup to iCloud
  7. 3.7 Recover iTunes Library
  8. 3.8 iTunes Backup Alternative
  9. 3.9 Backup iTunes Library
  10. 3.10 Backup iPod
  11. 3.11 Backup iTunes Music
  12. 3.12 Back up eBooks
4. Manage iTunes Library+
  1. 4.1 Merge iTunes Libraries
  2. 4.2 Rescan iTunes Library
  3. 4.3 Refresh iTunes Library
  4. 4.4 Edit iTunes Music Library
  5. 4.5 Reset iTunes Library
  6. 4.6 Sync iTunes Library
  7. 4.7 Share iTunes Music
  8. 4.8 itunes Library Manager
  9. 4.9 Remove Duplicates from iTunes
  10. 4.10 Tag Multiple Songs
  11. 4.11 Edit iTunes Library
  12. 4.12 Restore iTunes Library
  13. 4.13 Clean up iTunes
  14. 4.14 Rebuild iTunes Library
  15. 4.15 Clean up iTunes Music
  16. 4.16 Remove Duplicate Items
  17. 4.17 Delete iTunes Library
  18. 4.18 Share iTunes Library
5. Restore iTunes+
  1. 5.1 Restore iTunes Library
  2. 5.2 restore ipod
6. To iTunes+
  1. 6.1 Download iTunes Radio
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  3. 6.3 Watch iTunes Video
  4. 6.4 Download Podcasts
  5. 6.5 Record Online Music
  6. 6.6 Play BBC Radio
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7. iTunes Transfer+
  1. 7.1 iTunes to Android
  2. 7.2 Convert Napster to iTunes
  3. 7.3 YouTube to iTunes
  4. 7.4 Music to iTunes
  5. 7.5 Grooveshark to iTunes
  6. 7.6 Rhapsody to iTunes
  7. 7.7 Pandora to iTunes
  8. 7.8 Youtube Music to iTunes
  9. 7.9 Vimeo to iTunes
  10. 7.10 iTunes to Computer
  11. 7.11 iTunes Radio for Android

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