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Postby baward » Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:25 pm

Hi,

iTunes has decided to remove, or make inaccessible, random some albums of music I added to it. I have no idea why. I am still on Mojave, and have full Time Machine backups.

What should I restore, in this situation? Thanks!
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Wed Dec 09, 2020 11:45 pm

...when I try to play one of my missing albums (now greyed out), iTunes actually plays a completely unrelated song to the one I intended. Weird and disconcerting. About 40% of my albums are doing this.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby Sam Spoons » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:02 am

I try to have all my music (and everything else) on a computer somewhere with the cloud as a backup but recently iTunes has not been cooperating (about 80% of my iPhone app are shown as in the cloud since I upgrade to iOS14, admittedly not the ones I use regularly but they are few TBH). There will be a way to sort it out bit I haven't got around to it yet.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby desmond » Thu Dec 10, 2020 12:04 am

If you're disk is and your files are ok, maybe try restoring the iTunes database file...
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:16 pm

Thanks all for your responses. Hopefully, Apple have revamped iTunes for Catalina & Big Sur, before I finally upgrade.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby desmond » Thu Dec 10, 2020 10:30 pm

baward wrote:Thanks all for your responses. Hopefully, Apple have revamped iTunes for Catalina & Big Sur, before I finally upgrade.

By "revamped", you mean "killed", right?
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:49 pm

Do I? :mrgreen:
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby Humble Bee » Fri Dec 11, 2020 1:15 pm

iTunes died didn't it?
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:08 pm

I think that I have most of my music squirrelled away on another drive; Desmond if you were me, would you a) try and recreate your damaged album playlists by hand (Time Machining the iTunes .itl and .xml didn't do anything) and then install Mavericks or B) install Mavericks now and try and fix the music albums issue after that?
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby desmond » Fri Dec 11, 2020 7:15 pm

baward wrote:I think that I have most of my music squirrelled away on another drive; Desmond if you were me, would you a) try and recreate your damaged album playlists by hand (Time Machining the iTunes .itl and .xml didn't do anything) and then install Mavericks or B) install Mavericks now and try and fix the music albums issue after that?

Mavericks? I don't really know what your issue is but I doubt installing a ten year old OS is going to magically fix anything?

Assuming your files are stored in folders for albums etc, I'd probably just start with a clean empty iTunes and reimport the music - but it depends on what you usage of playlists is (I have a few, but they're not particularly important to me, I tend to use them for housekeeping more than anything else ).

Do you have a backup of your iTunes library at all?
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:47 pm

I meant Catalina, not Mavericks.
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Postby baward » Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:51 pm

iTunes library backup; yes I have plenty with Time Machine.I restored one when I know my missing music was intact, but when I came out of Time Machine and restarted iTunes, the missing/damaged albums were still M.I.A.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby desmond » Fri Dec 11, 2020 10:00 pm

baward wrote:I meant Catalina, not Mavericks.

Well don't do that it you plan on running iTunes.

iTunes is dead in Catalina, and you have to use the "Music" app (and other ones) for iTunes library content. And it doesn't have a lot of the music features of iTunes.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby baward » Fri Dec 11, 2020 11:02 pm

Thanks for all your comments.
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Re: iTunes buggery

Postby The Elf » Sat Dec 12, 2020 11:19 am

You could wean yourself off iTunes and use something else. You can get free storage on many cloud platforms and use something like CloudBeats (my solution), Evertunes, or the like to access it. You're in control and you don't have to suffer the bloated nonsense of iTunes any more.
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