Questions tagged [itunes]

iTunes is an application available for macOS and Windows. It is used to manage & play media and sync data to iOS devices.

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Deleting iTunes folder after Catalina update

Is it okay to delete the iTunes folder (~/Music/iTunes/) after updating to macOS Catalina? There is also a Music folder inside the Music folder which has the 'Music Library' file in it. I am assuming ...
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How to use the `AppleMobileBackup` utility from terminal? Shell tool for managing iTunes backups

Hidden away on macOS is the seemingly useful AppleMobileBackup utility. This is what iTunes calls when you do a local iOS backup. Its full path is /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice....
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How do I add an audio book to my iPhone?

I tried to add a mp4 and m4a and mp3 file to iTunes while viewing Audiobooks tab but it would not add the file. How do I add an audio book to my iPhone? iTunes Version 12.10.1.4
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Loss in navigability of one's collection with update to iTunes 1.0.0.426

I recently updated my OS, which included an update from what had been "iTunes" to Apple Music, version 1.0.0.426. Among other changes, I notice that I can no longer navigate my collection by song via ...
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Is it possible to sort by File modification date in iTunes in iOS?

I got a new iPhone, and since it is impossible to transfer your iTunes library from one phone to another correctly I had to reimport everything. This means that the "Date Added", which I usually sort ...
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Automatic Downloads in Music app keeps turned off

I'm using macOS Catalina, and I've got some troubles with the new Music app. I just clean installed macOS then I tried to download whole my iCloud Music Library to my mac. But 'Automatic Downloads' ...
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iTunes will no longer let me convert from mp3 to audiobook

Any time I reset the media type from Music to Audiobook for a book, it instantly resets to Music. Is there anything I can do?
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iOS 13 screw-up - Songs not syncing

On my iPad as well as on my iPhone, after I updated to iOS 13, I started to observe following issues: The artwork that I had painstakingly added to all my albums was just gone from some. The artwork ...
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How to transfer entire iTunes library from one iPhone to another?

I got a new iPhone, and restored it from a backup of my old iPhone. Then I noticed that the iTunes library was empty excluding the stock U2 tracks. If I move the entire "iTunes_Control" folder from ...
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Progress bar for transferring files to iDevice on macOS 10.15

There used to be a progress bar in iTunes, when transferring files to iDevices (Apps with file sharing). However, with the new Finder interface on Catalina, no such progress bar can be found when ...
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Use another AppleID in iOS 7.1.2 AppStore?

I use iOS 7.1.2 on my iPhone 4 and I would like to change my AppleID for the AppStore. In "Preferences > iTunes & AppStore", I already logged in with my new AppleID, and when relaunching ...
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TV app in Catalina does not search in local library

Actually problem/issue pointed in the title of the question. When I try to search something in the search field in the up right corner app just shows results from the store, not local library. As a ...
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How do I delete podcast episodes “Synced from iTunes” in iOS 13?

I recently updated to Mac OS Catalina, so I no longer have iTunes. I've already tried deleting the Podcast App and re-installing, but there are still podcast episodes "Synced from iTunes."
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How do I get dSYM files for iTunes for Instruments analysis?

I'm helping a friend investigate poor iTunes performance and asked him to gather an Instruments profile. It captures iTunes using ~100% of CPU but symbols are missing for iTunes. How do I download ...
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removing file from ipod that's not in itunes

I have a .mp3 that I put on my iPod nano and changed the media type to podcast, but when I did that it stopped showing up in iTunes. It's still showing up on my iPod, however, and I can't delete it. ...
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How can I add MP3 to the podcast app on my MacBook with Catalina 10.15? [duplicate]

Before I updated to Catalina, I was able to add MP3 files to iTunes, then select get info -> options, and change media type to podcast. I was then able to listen to MP3s (which were mostly lectures) ...
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Apple Music Migration

What’s the most efficient way to replicate my Apple Music library on a different account? I was thinking of creating a playlist with all my library and then sharing this playlist with the other ...
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How can I prevent Music app from starting automatically randomly?

The Music app which was introduced in Catalina continuously starts automatically on my Mac. It launches suddenly while I use the mac. The system doesn’t launch the app at the time of the startup. I ...
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How Do You Remove a Podcast Episode That's Been Saved Under “Synced from iTunes” on Your iPhone Without iTunes?

A few of the podcasts I listen to on my iPhone have an episode listed under "Synced from iTunes" that I can't remove or delete. After the update to Catalina and the removal of iTunes, how do I remove ...
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How can I add > 200Mb/2h tracks to iPhone with iCloud Music Library enabled?

I have a bunch of music tracks that are either longer than two hours or larger than 200Mb (DJ sets) that I'd like to play from my iPhone, along with a whole lot of "normal"-length music. These large ...
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Is the Apple Music app for Android like the iTunes store?

In other words, can I purchase movies, books, and audiobooks on the Apple Music app for Android? Or is the Apple Music app for Android just a portal to the paid streaming service? Or is there another ...
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If I purchase an album (or song, book, etc) on the Apple Music app for Android, can I download it on iTunes for Windows?

Here is the Apple Music app for Android on the Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.apple.android.music&hl=en I am running iTunes 12.3 on Windows 7 Pro.
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Play count and ratings in iTunes transferred to Music in 10.15?

Will the play count and ratings move from iTunes to Music in the update to 10.15?
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Subtitle shows up in the middle of the screen after update to latest macOS/iOS

I've recently updated my Apple devices to the latest macOS/iOS. Since the update, the subtitles show up in the middle of the screen when playing using the Apple TV app (or even QuickTime on Mac) on ...
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New Apple Music app - Smart-playlist top songs issue

Call me old fashioned if you will but I already miss iTunes. However, has anyone figured out how to make a smart-playlist for Top 25 tracks in the new Apple Music App like you could in iTunes? I did ...
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Why do I see “Music Videos” and “TV & Movies” as library options in the Apple Music app in macOS Catalina?

I find this to be weird: I understand that Apple obsoleted and discontinued iTunes in macOS Catalina and the logic being having one app manage everything — music, apps, videos, podcasts, books and ...
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Is there any way to generate an XML file of my Music library in macOS Catalina?

I have upgraded to macOS Catalina and have no real complaints. But to the best of my knowledge, some audio applications — mainly DJ playlist-based applications — that use the old iTunes XML library ...
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Why does iTunes say “already associate with an Apple ID” when I start a new iTunes library?

I tried to check whether I can watch some movies on my iTunes on the Macbook Pro. And I can stream some of them, and some will trigger this dialog: and it usually means (for me), that I previously ...
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Lost iCloud data, how can I get Apple Support to care?

Guess I'm just looking for advice / if this has happened to anyone else. I recently upgraded from iPhone X to 11 and, in the process, my entire Apple Music Library disappeared. I raised it with ...
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Make iTunes recognize MP3 audiobooks with ID3 tag

Apple iTunes recognizes and categorizes MP4 audio files (preferably with an .m4b extension, not .m4a nor .mp4) correctly as audiobooks if the tag field stik MediaType is set to 2 for Audiobook. I ...
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Can't unmount external disk used with Music app due to AMPLibraryAgent process

I use an external storage disk for my Music library in macOS 10.15 Catalina, because the required file size is several times my internal SSD. After upgrading to Catalina, now when I connect the drive ...
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How to add podcasts to playlist in macOS catalina

I have a (very) old iPod that I use for playing podcasts in the car. I set it up the night before with the episodes I want to listen to in a particular order, so I can plan them approximately based on ...
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What happens to the iTunes Library on external disk after upgrading to macOS Catalina?

I keep my iTunes library on an external hard drive as it is quite large. I was able to select this library or my other library that is stored on my mac by holding the option key while opening iTunes. ...
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Does the Catalina Music app preserve star ratings from iTunes?

Ever since the introduction of iTunes and the 5-star rating system, I've heavily used the feature to organize my library. When migrating to Catalina (and thus retiring iTunes), will the star ratings ...
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Does iTunes automatically backup your iPhone before upgrading iOS?

I cannot find information on this online. I think iTunes runs a local or iCloud backup (whichever is configured and was used last) before installing the iOS update, but I am not sure.
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Will Catalina users be able to stubbornly cling to iTunes?

iTunes won't be bundled with Catalina.  A user of the beta has identified some serious deficiencies in the replacement. I don’t argue with the consensus that iTunes is a mess, but some of the ...
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Future of iTunes and audio files in its library

I still have most of my music on CDs. This has been fine, since I mostly listened in the car. Since I retired recently, I am driving less and would like to put the CDs into iTunes (mostly for my iPads ...
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Can't delete iTunes Library in Finder nor in Terminal

In Finder I get the unexpected error occured (code 50). In Terminal I get: rm iTunes\ Library.itl rm: iTunes Library.itl: Invalid argument See also: charlesspencer$ ls -l iTunes\ Library.itl -...
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Open two iTunes libraries side by side?

I want to "start over" with my iTunes library. I originally started with all the family music, and so there is a lot of "cruft" in there that I now realize I will never particularly listen to. There ...
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iPhone Back Up Storage

I am aware of the two conventional methods of removing an iPhone back up from the computer storage - 1) Through iTunes 2) by directly locating and deleting it using file explorer (on Windows) Here's ...
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How to fix iTunes downloading IOS update but not installing?

iTunes is currently downloading software for the iPad "iPad". has been displayed for more than an hour. (Second update at end.) Where does iTunes save iOS updates? suggests that the update should ...
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Restoring iOS without updating iOS in iTunes [duplicate]

I have this problem that when I'm trying to restore my iPhone 6 on iTunes it keeps me prompting me that restore and update when I'm just choose the restore option only, cause I don't want it to update ...
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Why does iTunes→IOS sync copied items not correspond to what has actually changed?

Recently, I edited an MP3 file that was in iTunes. Cut almost sixty seconds off the end of it, and changed some tags. iTunes did not recognize the change in duration until I exited and relaunched. ...
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Cannot upgrade iPad Air 2 from iOS 9 to iOS 13

I recently got hold of an iPad Air 2 that was sitting in a drawer. Had it recharged, seems to hold the charge. However it has iOS 9.3.1 and it says it cannot upgrade to 13 over the wire. It requires ...
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Can’t backup to iTunes

So we have an old 6 running 12.4.1 we want to get a backup for so we can restore to a new phone. I’ve tried on a couple machines but I can’t get a clean backup. I get a nondescript “iTunes is unable ...
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How to disable iTunes (sudo chmod no longer works)

I used to be able to disable iTunes by: $ chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes But then apple made it harder: $ sudo chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes chmod:...
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Why is my iPhone backup encryption password getting lost or changing?

I use a password manager and simply put, don't forget passwords. I have the "Encrypt iPhone backup" option set on Itunes and never had a problem in the past on my last iPhone. There are no backups ...
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Automatically migrate to Family Sharing?

Before Family Sharing, my wife and I always used her iTunes account for all purchases, including iOS apps. Now that Family Sharing exists and also now that two-factor authentication makes it annoying ...
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How to use Applescript to turn off Apple TV in iTunes?

In Automator, I would need an Applescript who turn off Apple TV sound. See this picture. I need the "Apple TV salon PT" checkbox unchecked.
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Can I use iTunes to sync a folder of photos onto my iPhone without losing my iPhone Camera Roll?

Say I have an iPhone Camera Roll with 1,000 photos or videos in it, and on my Mac, a folder called "Pictures From Brazil". I want to copy that folder's pictures onto my iPhone, but I want to keep ...

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