recover files from itunes library


I always enjoyed the sort function by "Time played" and "Date added" in iTunes.

The problem is that I accidentally deleted these files. (if this data is stored in the .itdb or .itl / .db or .xml files)

You can ask, how can this be possible. Well, I didn't follow the proper procedure when transferring to a new iMac. I just copied all the music files in the folder iTunes Music, rather than make a file "Export Library" in iTunes.

However, my question is: is it possible, next to a backup/time machine, for me to recover this iTunes data?

I've always been connected on iTunes with my own personal identification number Apple so I thought that maybe it could be a back-up of this somewhere next to Apple?

Any help will be really appreciated.

Thanks in advance,


That data is stored in the iTunes library database file, which is in your user account music/iTunes / folder.  You have access to your old Mac?  If you do, the best way to transfer your data complete a new Mac iTunes is to copy the old Mac iTunes folder (in your music folder user account) on an external drive.  Then, on the new Mac, replace the iTunes with the old Mac folder.  When you run iTunes on the new Mac, it looks like iTunes on the old Mac, with all your songs and data (such as playlists, playing account, ratings, etc.)  This document describes the procedure in detail

How to move your iTunes library to a new computer - Apple Support

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