1. ptb127's Avatar
    I just have a huge messed up thing happen in my iTunes. I had all my music installed in there (over 1500 songs) and when I opened iTunes, they were all gone in the library. I am in the process of re-adding all the music and stuff that was in there. Also, all my playlists are gone too. What could've happened and has that happened to anyone else before?
    12-02-2010 07:00 PM
  2. Alli's Avatar
    Yes, there is another thread on this, and something on the front page as well. It's a 4.2 bug. No need to re-add, just reset your iPhone.
    12-02-2010 07:50 PM
  3. ptb127's Avatar
    My iPhone is fine, it's the iTunes it self. I re-added all the music in the library already
    12-02-2010 10:15 PM
  4. ptb127's Avatar
    How can I sync my playlists to go from iPhone to my iTunes?
    12-02-2010 10:26 PM
  5. anon(4698833)'s Avatar
    Apparently a new "Locate" feature included in iTunes 10 for these kind of situations...

    Easily re-link all lost songs in iTunes 10
    Sometimes a grey exclamation point will appear next to songs in iTunes, indicating that iTunes cannot locate the file. How does this occur and how can you fix it?

    Inside the iTunes folder, there is a file called "iTunes Library" that tells iTunes where the "iTunes Media" folder is located. (This is the folder that actually contains your music, videos, apps, etc.) When iTunes tries to access content (e.g., you try to play a song) it gets the location where the song is stored from the "iTunes Library" file and then looks for it in that location. If it can't find the file, it displays a grey exclamation point to the left of the entry in iTunes.

    This can occur for a variety of reasons. iTunes does not dynamically keep track of the location of your media, so if you move your "iTunes Media" folder or anything within it from its original location, iTunes will be unable to find it. Renaming anything inside this folder is also verboten. I found this out the hard way when I changed the name of the folder containing songs by Sinead O'Conner (I didn't like how iTunes chose to spell it). Sure enough, every song had an exclamation point next to it because it could no longer find any of the tracks. The moral of this story: manage iTunes content via iTunes, not the file system. Sometimes it's not clear why iTunes can't find your songsit's possible that the index has become corrupt.
    12-03-2010 06:03 AM
  6. Massie's Avatar
    In case it happens again, I've had this problem before...for some reason iTunes updated my library file and left the new version empty. Solution was to hold the shift button when opening iTunes, then choose a recent "Previous iTunes library." That way you won't have to re-add everything manually, but depending on how recent your previous library is, you may lose some newer additions.

    Since then I've been keeping a separate backup of my library files.
    12-03-2010 08:05 AM