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Recover from a 'Library is locked' iTunes error
Authored by: Mangler on Jun 10, '07 12:40:42AM

Being as I keep my library on another computer, I have now been exposed to this problem twice as family will often shutdown the computer with the library while itunes is running on my PowerBook

Glad as I was to find this hint I was disappointed to find that all my play counts were reset - 3+ years of useless stats lost :(

I'm happy to be able to report this slightly quicker workaround:

1. Move your iTunes library Data file to your desktop.
2. Start iTunes - your play list will be empty
3. Quit iTunes and copy the data file from step 1 back in to the iTunes folder
4. Start iTunes

Problem gone and play history preserved!

Next time I get this issue, I'll simply try copying the file and then copying it back, i.e. skip step 2. Must be some attribute thing going on with the Data file which goes away once the thing is moved.

Hope this updated approach helps someone. Ciao from chilly olde New Zealand on a dark winters night.



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