iTunes Solution – How to Fix the Problem of ‘The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read’

Many iTunes users may have encountered with the following problem after upgrading or re-installing Apple iTunes. When starting the application, you’ll get a strange error message saying that ‘The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes.’

I have also had such a problem with the iTunes Library.itl file in the past but finally get it fixed. Now you are suggested to follow the steps below to learn how to fix this issue with ease.

Note: You will have to rebuild your iTunes library after performing these steps. All ratings, playlists, etc. will be lost. The media files you own should still be available on your hard drive though.

Step 1. Navigate to where the iTunes Library.itl file is located.

  • OS X – /Users/username/Music
  • Windows XP – C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music
  • Windows Vista – C:\Users\username\Music
  • Windows 8 or 7 – C:\Users\username\My Music

Step 2. Delete the iTunes Library file.

Step 3. Start iTunes. Your music database will now be blank, but your music files should still be available in the iTunes Music folder located in one of the locations noted above.

Step 4. Drag and drop the iTunes Music folder and any other folders that contain your music files to the iTunes application window. iTunes should then take some time to rebuild the database of music.

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