Approach to Retrieve Music Files After iTunes Database Error

“Hi, can anyone suggest me how to extract all my favorite music files from iTunes Library that is showing database error? I recently updated iTunes Library to its latest version on my Mac machine and it was then that it started showing this error message. Whenever I try opening iTunes, a message pops up showing some unknown iTunes error. I am unable to access any of the music files on it. So, someone please help me to get rid of this error on iTunes and access my files. Thanks in advance.”

iTunes is an amazing application initially developed for Mac OS X machines. This software enables to manage list of music files, movies and video clippings according to priority and also enables online purchase of songs, videos, TV shows, etc. However, there are many aspects that might trouble the users of iTunes on Mac systems. One such factor is iTunes showing unknown error message and blocking access to the music and other media files on it. As mentioned in the above example, iTunes may display database error after which user may find difficult to access or to find music files on it. The main cause for this database error is corruption of iTunes database.

iTunes database can get corrupt on Mac due to reasons like improper update, incorrect settings in preferences, virus intrusion and so on. Apart from corruption of iTunes database, there are other instances also wherein music files from iTunes may go missing or lost. Most commonly seen data disasters are:

  • Abrupt termination of system while iTunes is still active
  • Specifying incorrect path to iTunes Library can also make it inaccessible
  • System crash due to severe bad sectors or wrong installation of programs might sometimes affect iTunes Library
  • Malfunctioning of iTunes after any update due to incorrect operations
  • Unintentional formatting of system drive, unplanned deletion of iTunes folder, etc. will also render loss of music and other files from iTunes Library

How to regain access to music files from corrupted iTunes Library?

Whatever may be the reason behind loss of songs from iTunes, it can be resolved in minutes by following appropriate methods. When iTunes shows database error, try uninstalling the application and reinstall it. This will fix the issues. In case the problem is not fixed then also not to worry because, in order to recover missing and lost files on iTunes there are proficient media file recovery tools.

Best software to recover music after iTunes Database error:

Most of the data recovery experts suggest using Yodot Mac Photo Recovery software to extract lost or missing songs from iTunes Library on Mac OS X. This software is economical and easy-to-use as it is designed with user friendly GUI to extract music file types including MP3, MP4, AIFF, AMR, WAV and so on. Its powerful recovery algorithms can bring back required file types using unique signature search. It can also retrieve picture files like JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, IMG, etc. RAW image formats like NEF, PEF, ORF, SR2, CR2, DNG, RAW, etc. and videos like MOV, AVI, MPG, 3GP, M4V, MPEG, etc. Also, software can restore media files not only from iTunes Library but also from external hard drives, USB pen drives, iPod, MP3 players, digital cameras, memory cards, etc. on Mac Snow Leopard, Leopard and Lion OS X computers.

Follow these steps to rescue lost music from iTunes Library:

  • Download Yodot Mac Photo recovery software on to your Macintosh machine
  • Install the software and run it to trigger recovery process
  • From the main screen, click for Lost Photo Recovery option and proceed next
  • Now, from the list of volumes present, click for the one that holds iTunes Library
  • Next, select the file types that you wish to recover or simply skip the step
  • Software performs a scan on selected volume and results with a list of restorable music files
  • Toggle between Data view and File Type view options to view the list of rescued files
  • Preview required files using Preview option and proceed to save it on new destination location
  • You can save these retrieved music files on to CD/ DVD also

Precautionary measures to be taken:

  • While updating iTunes to its latest version, perform correct procedure
  • Always hoard backup copy of your favorite and important music files on external storage devices
  • Specify exact path to iTunes Library on your Mac system to avoid any unknown risks

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