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To put more emphasis on music and movies, Apple removed App Store from iTunes 12.7. The app management feature is so useful; I just couldn't hold myself from getting back the App Store into iTunes by installing iTunes 12.6.3. However, when I launched the previous version of the media library, I got The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read error. Why this error prevented me from launching the downgraded version of iTunes?

The aforementioned error occurred as the iTunes library was created on the newer version of the media library (12.7). To resolve this issue, I had to rename the library. If you have also bumped into the same issue, follow these quick steps to troubleshoot it.

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iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read Error on Mac and Windows PC

How to Fix The file iTunes Library.itl cannot be read Error on Mac and Windows PC

Troubleshoot The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read Error on Mac

Step #1. Assuming you have removed the newer version of iTunes and installed the previous version on your computer.

Step #2. Simply hit Command+Shift+G and type ~/Music/iTunes/

Go to iTunes Folder on Mac

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Or, open Finder → Go menu → Go to Folder and search ~/Music/iTunes/

Click on Go To Folder in Finder on MacGo to iTunes Folder on Mac

Step #3. Next, you need to find and rename iTunes Library.itl to iTunes Library.old (If anything goes wrong we can consider this as a backup.)

Rename iTunes Library.itl on Mac

Step #4. Locate the folder “Previous iTunes Libraries” in the same folder and open it.

Open Previous iTunes Libraries on Mac

Then, check out the most recent version of an iTunes Library file. For instance, iTunes Library 2017-03-30.itl

Copy iTunes Library Date File on Mac

Note: If you don't see Previous iTunes Libraries, it's fine. Quit the Finder and re-launch iTunes. The error shouldn't occur now.

Step #5. Now, you need to copy that file and paste it to desktop or anywhere.

Move iTunes Library File to Desktop

Step #6. Up next, go back to ~/Music/iTunes/ and paste the file. Then, rename it to iTunes Library.itl

Rename Moved File to iTunes Library.itl on MacSo this is how we can fix “iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read Version” Error on Mac. Now, let's check out steps for Windows PC.

Troubleshoot The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read Error on Windows PC

Step #1. On your Windows PC, head over This PC → Music → iTunes or search “iTunes Library.itl”

Find iTunes Library.itl File on Windows PC

Once, you locate the file; process remains same as Mac.

Step #2. Next, you need to rename “iTunes Library.itl” to “iTunes Library.old”

Rename iTunes Library.itl on Windows PC

Step #3. Locate the “Previous iTunes Libraries” folder in the same folder and open it.

Open Previous iTunes Libraries Folder on Windows PC

Then, check out the most recent version of an iTunes Library file. For instance, “iTunes Library 2017-09-22.itl”

Check the Most Recent iTunes Library.itl File on Windows PC

Note: If you don't see Previous iTunes Libraries, it's fine. Quit the explorer and re-launch iTunes. The error shouldn't occur now.

Step #4. Now, you need to copy the most recent version of that file to the desktop or anywhere.

Copy iTunes Library File and Paste it to Desktop on Windows PC

Step #5. Up next, go back to This PC → Music → iTunes and paste the file that you copied on Desktop. Then, rename it to “iTunes Library.itl”

Rename Old Library to iTunes Library.itl on Windows PC

That's it!

Launch iTunes. It should open without any problem.

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