Recover lost or accidentally deleted playlists in iTunes

itunes-10-iconDuring iTunes general harvesting, some users can accidentally delete some favorite playlists that are difficult to restore or just too lazy to do. But do not despair, because there is an easy way to return everything practically on their seats.

So, if you are faced with a similar problem, there are a few simple steps that will allow you to restore the “lost” playlists, unless, of course, you have added some new elements to the media library.

The “magic” sequence of actions looks like this:

  • Close iTunes.
  • Go to the directory ~ / Music / iTunes or or ~ / Music / iTunes, if you use English localization of the operating system). Just in case, let me remind you that the tilde means the home directory of the user.
  • In the open folder we find the file iTunes Music Library.xml and drag it to any other directory or directly to your desktop.
  • Now delete the file, which is called iTunes Library.


  • Run iTunes again. In the menu File> Media Library, we need the item “Import playlist …”, in the dialog box you want to specify the previously saved iTunes Music Library.xml.


As a result of the performed operations, all randomly deleted playlists should appear again in their places. However, there is a probability practically) unexpected appearance of playlists, which you deleted intentionally – they will have to be deleted again. (via)

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