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Saturday, July 23, 2011

OSX Lion: Fixed! iTunes Library.itl cannot be read issues with iTunes

Today I upgraded my MacBook Pro from OSX Snow Leopard to OSX Lion. Generally speaking, it was a highly successful in place upgrade vs. a fresh install with some fresh new features that I am already enjoying! (Especially Mail) I did run into one issue, specifically when I connected my iPad (assumed it would happen for the iPhone, too) to the MacBook Pro the first time. I encountered an error message I had not seen before, it was:

The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by a new version of iTunes. Would you like to download iTunes now?

My first reaction was, woah...what happened and will my iTunes library need to be rebuilt because the iTunes Library.itl is the database for the songs and playlists that you have created in iTunes. I definitely wanted to avoid losing those at all costs. Still, after little research...I decided to give it a try.

The result was a perfect, in that a new download of the most recent version of iTunes fixed my problem and retained my songs database and playlists. Below is the step-by-step how to guide on how you can do the same.

1. Your first encounter with the message "The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by a new version of iTunes. Would you like to download iTunes now?" Click on the Download iTunes button.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: Your first encounter with the message The file

2. The Mac OSX Lion will open the Software Updates dialog and start searching for an iTunes download for you.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: The Mac OSX Lion will open the Software Updates dialog and start searching for an iTunes download for you.

3. Once the search completes, you get the dialog that "Software updates are available for your computer. Do you want to install them?" Click on the "Show Details" button to make sure you're going to download the right software.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: Once the search completes, you get the dialog that Software updates are available for your computer.  Do you want to install them?  Click on the Show Details button to make sure you're going to download the right software.

4. In my case, the most recent version of iTunes (10.4) is available for download. I clicked on the Install 1 item button.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: In my case, the most recent version of iTunes (10.4) is available for download.  I clicked on the Install 1 item button.

5. The 83.4 MB file for iTunes 10.4 will begin to download. In my case, it took about 2 minutes.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: The 83.4 MB file for iTunes 10.4 will begin to download.  In my case, it took about 2 minutes.

6. Once the download completes, the OSX Lion iTunes 10.4 install will prompt you to accept the license agreement once it is done. Read and then click on the agree button.

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: Once the download completes, the OSX Lion iTunes 10.4 install will prompt you to accept the license agreement once it is done.  Read and then click on the agree button.

7. Then iTunes will start up and everything should be as before!

OSX Lion iTunes Library.itl Fix: Then iTunes will start up and everything should be as before!

Congratulations, you've likely fixed your first issue with the Apple OSX Lion installation!

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