Restore your iTunes library

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This tutorial explains how to restore your entire iTunes library, including your music, videos, and other media, as well as the library and settings files that contain your playlists, play counts, ratings, and comments.


Non-CrashPlan products
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  • iTunes stores playlists, ratings, and other information about your iTunes content in two iTunes Library files. To fully restore everything in iTunes, these files must be restored in addition to your actual music and video files.
  • If you store any of your iTunes content outside the default iTunes folder, note those locations. You will also need to select those folders to restore.
Consolidate your library
To simplify backup and restore, consolidate your iTunes library.

Step 1: Restore your iTunes folder

To locate and restore your iTunes files:

  1. Open the CrashPlan app.
  2. See a list of backed-up files:
    • Click Restore Files.
    • (Applies only if you have multiple devices) From the menu, select the device that originally backed up the files you want to restore.
  1. (Optional) If you want to restore an earlier version of your files, click As of Today to select a previous date from the calendar.
  2. Locate and select your iTunes folder. If you store any of your iTunes files outside the default iTunes folder, select those folders as well. The default location of your iTunes folder varies depending on your operating system (see below). If you changed the location of your iTunes folder, visit Apple support to learn where your iTunes files are located.
    • Mac: Go to /Users/<user name>/Music/iTunes
    • Windows 8 or later: Go to \Users\username\Music\iTunes.
  1. Select Restore Files.
    The Restore Files Options window appears.
  2. Update the options to specify the restore location, naming guidelines, and permissions for your restored files.
  3. Click Go.
    Your download is added to Downloads. Download Activity displays the status of your download.

Step 2: Choose your library in iTunes

Once your iTunes folder is restored, use iTunes to choose your restored library.

External links

iTunes Help


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