Understanding of iTunes Library Files

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What is iTunes Library.itl file or iTunes Library.xml file? This iMobie iTunes Wiki may help you better understanding about them.

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Apr 09, 2013

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For some curious users, they'd like to dig into iTunes folder to find what're saved in there. It's safe to say they can hardly find any music, movies, apps and other files because it only contains information about the media such as the contents of playlists, song ratings, and play counts. To make better understanding about what is iTunes library files, you can check below resource article.

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Find Where are these iTunes library files

The iTunes library is a database iTunes uses to organize your music. Two iTunes library files are created and maintained by iTunes for different purposes. They're both in the iTunes folder.

Windows XP

\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl

\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.xml

Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8

\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.itl

\Users\username\Music\iTunes\iTunes Library.xml

About the iTunes Library.itl file

Attached as great importance, this file is a database of the songs in your library and the playlists you've created. Some song-specific data, such as rating, play count, are saved in this file. If you delete the file, iTunes will create a new, empty copy when you open the application, but any playlists, song ratings, comments, or other information you created is lost.

About the iTunes Library.xml file

You'll also notice an iTunes Library.xml file nested in the same folder. It contains some of the same information stored in the iTunes Library file. The purpose of the iTunes Library.xml file is to make your music and playlists available to other applications on your computer, including Apple's Pages, Keynote, and iMovie, which use a special media browser to let you import music into your documents.

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