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Itunes is suddenly empty, itunes library still there on hard drive

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Find the iTunes library on the hard drive and double click directly on the Library to open iTunes.
When you do this, the Library should open and all the music should be in iTunes.
While iTunes is open, go to Preferences/Advanced tab and look at the path to the Library - is it correct? Save Preferences ... hopefully it will stay this way and work properly when you open iTunes the normal way.
Do you have more than one iTunes library, or have you moved your iTunes Library? If more than one Library, get rid of additional libraries after confirming the preferred Library is opening correctly, being careful that everything you want to keep is in the preferred library ... Open iTunes a few times the normal way (just open the program don't click on the Library) to make sure it is remembering your library location) to make sure things are working correctly.

It's also recommended to check off "Keep iTunes media folder organized" under Preferences/Advanced in iTunes as well as "Copy files to iTunes media library when adding to iTunes."

Good luck!

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Posted on Mar 07, 2010

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