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Advice on rebuilding iTunes library without library.xml or .itl?

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#1 Rhombus


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Posted 27 July 2016 - 06:10 AM

Apologies if I'm on the wrong board, but hoping for advice on rebuilding my iTunes library without a full library.xml or .itl. (I'm on Windows 7 64bit, iTunes


My tech skills are poor and after a corrupted library event I just reinstalled itunes, and then added my itunes folder from my C drive in itunes (File> Add Folder To Library). However, not all the songs on the HD were added to my iTunes library i.e. for many albums random tracks were missing when viewed in iTunes (the original .xml and .itl files were corrupted and I didn't try to use them for this).


I can go to the iTunes folder on the C drive and right-click to Open those missing files with iTunes. After they have been played like that then they are visible in the library in itunes, but doing that with every individual missing track is incredibly time-consuming.


I've just bought a new PC and want to port my whole library over to the new machine. Is there any way of moving all the files to the new machine via external HD and then rebuilding the library *without gaps* even if the library.xml and .itl files from the old machine have gaps?


Any suggestions would be really appreciated, or somewhere else to go to find help. Many thanks.

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#2 smax013


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Posted 29 July 2016 - 08:07 PM

I would try the "Add to Library..." command (that is the command under the File menu on my Mac...might be slightly different on Windows...although you are still using iTunes while the current version is 7.4.2, I believe) again either with or without nuking the current library settings (I forget of the latter will result in duplicates or not).

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