Apple Music arrived this week on both iOS and desktop. With it came some problems though. Namely, users are reporting that when iCloud Music Library is enabled, their iTunes libraries are getting messed up. Here’s the fix.
Several users in Apple’s forums and around the web have reported that after turning on iCloud Music Library (which scans your music library and makes it available for streaming on all your devices), their metadata was thrown out of whack. In the worst cases, album titles aren’t linked to the right songs and artwork is completely wrong. Thankfully, you can roll back your library file to get it working properly:
- Close iTunes
- Head to your iTunes music folder (usually username > Music > iTunes)
- Drag the iTunes Library.itl file from this folder to your desktop
- Open the Previous iTunes Libraries folder
- Find the most recent iTunes Library[DATE].itl file. Drag it into the Music > iTunes folder
- Rename the file iTunes Library.itl
- Reopen iTunes
Your music library should now be restored. Judging from the forums, the problem seems most common with people who have also enabled iTunes Match in the past, but it could also be striking at random. For now, it’s probably a good idea to stay away from enabling iCloud Music Library until the problems are ironed out.