I can only blame myself because I was trying to be a little too clever. Instead, I’ve fucked up.
I wanted to move my iTunes library to Dropbox so it was backed up online and accessible from my iPad. What I didn’t factor in was the amount of time it would take to upload 40GB of music with a crappy internet connection (the answer is “forever”, if you’re wondering). On top of that it was impacting on the uploading of other stuff to Dropbox. So I decided to move the library back and that’s kind of where it all went wrong.
The first thing I notice was that hundreds – high hundreds – of songs were missing. Somehow, in between uploading to Dropbox and pausing uploads there were some sync’ing conflicts which cause some files to disappear. Luckily, I was able to undelete them from Dropbox and restore them on my hard drive. Then I spend the better half a day or so putting the files back where they belong. This involved individually checking each folder and manually moving back stuff as required.
Problem was when I reopened iTunes, I then had to tell it where those missing songs were located. This is every bit as soul-destroyingly boring as it sounds. iTunes 11, unlike earlier versions (if memory serves me well), isn’t able to figure out where particular songs are located if you tell it the general location (e.g. iTunes Music folder..hello).
After much clicking and unclicking, turning options off and on, and so on, I stumbled across the solution.
- Close iTunes.
- Open the iTunes folder.
- Move the iTunes Library.itl file to somewhere safe.
- In the Previous iTunes Libraries folder I made a copy of the most recent iTunes library I had before I fucked up. I renamed the copy “iTunes Library.itl” and placed it in the location where the previous library (step 3 above) was located.
- Hold down the Option key (the one that has the stupid ⌥ icon and reads “alt”) whilst opening iTunes.
- Select the new iTunes Library file when prompted.
This took the number of missing songs down from 1200 to 50ish. I can live with that.
But there’s still another problem. When copying music across to my iPod not all music is copied. Yeah, I was like what the fuck is this shit. Again, I tried the random selection of clicking and unclicking options I never knew existed. Nope, no good. Despite the music being in my library the music isn’t transferred. Looking on the Apple discussion boards it seems to be a problem that has not yet been resolved. Until now.
- Connect your iDevice.
- Let iTunes do whatever shit it normally does.
- In the left-hand column click on the iDevice. This opens up the Summary page with all the details about the device and offers you options for selectively syncing music, video, etc.
- I click on “Music” and then select “Selected playlists, albums, and genres”.
- In the Playlists, Albums, Artists, and Genres windows I selected everything. The easy way to do this by holding down the Command key (the one with the Apple and ⌘ icons). This should select everything in each list.
- Apply the changes and, all being well, all files in your Library (that are not missing) should now be on your iDevice.
Obviously, I’m not responsible if, by following anything I’ve written above, you fuck up your iTunes or iDevices. Tough shit if it does, especially if you didn’t backup before messing with stuff you shouldn’t mess with.
And of course, the best thing is to avoid iTunes altogether but I’m a sucker and you probably are too if you’re reading this.