Fix iTunes Error - The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read

Summary

Want to know how to fix the iTunes error - The file iTunes Library.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes? Follow this guide to solve it.

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October 11th, 2017

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In September, Apple released its newest iTunes version - 12.7 to the public, with a lot of changes. But according to user’s feedback, they seem not happy with this new iTunes version. Because iTunes 12.7 focuses solely on music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, and audiobooks, but the built-in App Store, apps and ringtone options have been removed.

Apple might have realized that “certain business partners might still need to use iTunes to install apps”, so in October, it has reintroduced the iTunes 12.6.3 to users with the Apps Store and ringtone coming back.

You might be one of many users who downgrade iTunes from 12.7 to 12.6.3. But after iTunes 12.6.3 installation, you need firstly to rebuild your iTunes library. Or it would remind you with the message saying “The file iTunes Library.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes.”

This is a little disappointing and annoying. How to fix this iTunes Library.itl cannot be read issue? Don’t worry. You can try the method in the following to get rid of it successfully and easily.

The File “iTunes Library.itl” Cannot Be Read

The File “iTunes Library.itl” Cannot Be Read

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read

Step 1. Locate the iTunes Library.itl File

On Windows: Launch Computer option > Type in “iTunes Library.itl” in search bar > The file will be showed in the searching results.

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read on Windows - Step 1

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read on Windows - Step 1

On Mac: Launch Finder > Search “iTunes Library.itl” > Find it in the results.

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read on Mac - Step 1

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read on Mac - Step 1

Step 2. Delete The Tunes Library.itl File

After you find the iTunes Library.itl file, move it to Trash.

Step 3. Re-Launch iTunes 12.6.3

Run iTunes 12.6.3 again, and it would work properly and re-built the library for you. Now you can drag and drop all of your songs into the newly created library.

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read - Step 3

How to Fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read - Step 3

NOTE:

There is one thing you need to know: iTunes 12.6.3 is not the recommended version by Apple, because Apple isn’t providing technical support for this version, only for 12.7.

But iTunes 12.7 without Apps Store, apps and ringtones management is such a big problem. So if you really have such needs for app deleting, transferring, and ringtones making, adding, transferring, etc. we sincerely recommend the best iOS data managing tool - AnyTrans to help you with these tasks.

With AnyTrans, you would never suffer from iTunes 12.6.3 “iTunes Library.itl cannot be read” issue, but enjoy convenience of apps and ringtones managing options, which iTunes 12.7 cannot. Download and install it now, and follow these related and detailed guides to complete your tasks:

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How to Delete Apps on iPhone 8/X /7/6s/6 >

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The Bottom Line

With this method, the message “The file iTunes Library.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes” would not come out any more. Besides, not just about iTunes 12.6.3, if you encounter this problems in other situations, you can apply this method to fix it, too. Besides, for apps and ringtones managements, AnyTrans would be your perfect choice. Why not give it a try now?

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