Have you ever accidentally deleted an iTunes playlist or two and figured it was gone forever? Here's how you might be able to get those missing playlists back.
MacLife details a simple process for iTunes playlist recovery. If you're missing a playlist, you can still recover it if you haven't added any new content to your iTunes library. If you haven't, here are the steps to follow:
- Quit out of iTunes.
- Go into your home folder, then into the Music folder, and finally into the iTunes folder.
- Find a file called iTunes Music Library.xml and drag it out of that folder (to the desktop, or somewhere else that's convenient for you).
- Delete the file called iTunes Library.
- Re-open iTunes and go to the File menu. Select Library -> Import Playlists... and choose the iTunes Music Library.xml that you saved.
This process should magically restore that state of your iTunes library before you accidentally removed that playlist you just couldn't live without. It'll also, potentially, restore any playlists you may have intentionally deleted, so be prepared to delete those again after the restore.
How to Recover Lost iTunes Playlists | MacLife