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1. You got a new laptop and transferred your iTunes library to it from your old PC. Got that.
2. In order to do the aforementioned task, you manually copied your library onto your iPod. From there, you copied the library to the VAIO.
However, I'd like to clarify a few things. For starters, it sounds like you want to sync the iPod with the original PC and not your new Sony. When you finished copying everything to the Sony, did you use iTunes to import or add the files to the new library? Are you sure all of the files currently stored in the iTunes Music folder somewhere on your computer? You said it should have copied them there, but you may want to check that out. Once you verify where the actual files are, you should venture to the iTunes preferences. Open the preferences and click on the Advanced tab. Listed here will be the iTunes Music folder location as well as two check boxes related to automatic file organization and the copying of files to the music folder. I think you will want to have both of those checked, although I believe they are already by default. I see no reason why your library should keep disappearing on you. Should work by now. If all else fails, you could try reinstalling iTunes, which has solved some syncing problems for me in the past. Good luck, and let us know what happens.
Once I transferred the library to the VAIO, I synced my iPod with that- not the old PC. I did use iTunes to add the files to the new library, and all of the files are stored in the iTunes Music folder (the folder lists artist names, and when I click on those it lists their albums, and when i click on those it lists their songs...just like it should).
Everything is OK with the preferences in iTunes, the folder location is correct and both boxes are checked. I also have already tried reinstalling iTunes, and while my library stayed there after a restart it disappeared after closing & reopening iTunes.
Thank you for your input!
something I just realized...
I just realized something, which I'm not sure will be of help to anybody...but it seems like my iTunes completely resets itself when I close out of it. I always set my iTunes library so it is in "list" format; not the seeting where you can see the album covers (the default setting). After closing & reopening it, it's almost like I've never opened it before...it's on the default view and none of my music/videos/movies/etc. are there.
Don't know if that helps.
I have the same exact problem. I switched computers when i got a new laptop and transferred the music over via flash drive. I have a Sony VAIO. My iTunes library is missing. I have all the files saved so its not like the music itself is gone, but every time i exit out of iTunes, the library is set back to its default mode. Help me please! This is so annoying/frustrating!
The easiest way to move your music from one machine to another is over a network.
In the absence of a network, copy the old iTunes library onto a DVD and copy it onto your new computer, where it will replace the iTunes library that was created the first time you fired up iTunes on the new machine.
Things will go easier if you consolidate your library before burning to a DVD.
Of course, a flash drive of a suitable size will do just as well.
Once you have moved it over, you may have to point iTunes to the new library, but you should only have to do that once.
Okay so I think I might have fixed it.
Turns out my iTunes folder wasn't..."right"...because all of my music was in the iTunes folder itself, but then it was ALSO in the iTunes Music folder...which seemed to have confused iTunes. I think I have it fixed now, all of the songs are only in the iTunes Music folder. But I'll update if in a few days the same thing happens and everything is gone.
Glad it's working for you
connected iPod a few days ago
Okay, so after I posted this question I didn't try connecting my iPod for a while..thinking everything would be fine when I did. And it was, until today (3-4 days after I connected it). Today I go to open iTunes, and again my entire library is gone. Now I'm sure the folder location is correct because I fixed it the first time this happened, which I thought solved the problem.
Is there some kind of option in my iPod preferences I'm not thinking of that might have something to do with this?
Me too - also on a VAIO
Hi there. I have the exact same problem. I transferred all of my music to my new Sony VAIO FW and installed Itunes. I imported all of my content to Itunes - but the music library keeps disappearing. However the problem is not consequent - I had a few days where I opened and closed Itunes, syncronised my iphone and my nano - then suddenly... everything gone.
It couldn?t be a VAIO issue could it?
It could be,
why not post this question in the Windows forums.
This is obviously not a Mac problem.
a neat piece of research.
No problem about the wrong place, just thought you would get a better response in the windows forums.
I posted it in the Mac Software forum because iTunes is, well...Mac software.
I pointed it out because iTunes is, well...APPLE software.
Your version of iTunes does not run on my Mac.
Note that the solution was found in the iTunes for Windows forum at Apple.
After all, I would not expect much of a response asking questions about Office for Mac in the Windows forums here.
ah, my bad.
Apple, Mac...I sometimes get confused.
Thanks for the clarification
It's all in jest.
but there is a difference.
itunes library keep disappearing
yes, your absolutely right, its a vaio issue, i could not find the right answer also. i've read lots of web info and figure out that most of the problem cause by vaio new generation. i dont have that problem on my vaio xp, but when i bought a new vaio vista, everything became a mess. i also need a help
Contact Sony with this issue
im on a vaio and i have the exact same model really wierd
link in above reply is incorrect....try this one:
I have the exact same issue with my Viao too. I have spent up to 4 hours at a time cleaning up and transferring my music into the iTunes 8 library only to have it erased out of there the next time I load iTunes or reboot. The music is still in the folder labeled iTunes but the program won't show it unless I manually transfer the music. I feel your pain and look forward to read what solutions, if any, are out there. iTunes help desk isn't worth the time nor effort. Not even sure why they pay those people... They don't listen or answer the question you ask them. Instead they answered a problem that I don't have... lol...
This appears to be a Sony Viao issue,
check out the link just above your post, the one from simma1978
Alternatively, upgrade to the latest iTunes.
itunes and sony vaio laptops
upgrading to the latest version of itunes doesn't work. believe me, i tried it! since sony gave me the fix i have not had any problems and my itunes library is still there. definitely recommend contacting sony. it must be a well known problem with sony vaios as the guy who helped me knew exactly what to do and sent me the link to the fix within a few minutes!
itunes library keep disappearing
vaio laptop specially VGN-ns model commonly encounter this problem, but dont worry, simply few steps and you can easily solve it. go to task manager, then services/ services, then look for vaio folder conten watcher, from automatic, change it to manual. this is 100% sure and only solution for your problem.
Instructions on how to fix it are in the thread
Solution to Itunes Library disappearing
I Think I Figured it Out!!!
On my PC this is how I fixed it....
When I went to the location of my Library file I noticed that the main library file was very small. Just a few KB in size. There was also another file named "I Tunes Library" and I noticed that this file was large. This file was an XML file though and opened in safari not Itunes when i clicked on it.
I did some research here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660
and found that there are two types of library files...
Then I just went to files/import playlist and selected the XML file.
It restored all of my songs, podcasts and graphics but I needed to re sync my ipod which was a pain...
In my case i think this was caused by the fact that my music folder is located on an external hard drive. I had changed a couple of the usb plugs around and when i turned on my computer the letter name (like C: D:... etc...) of my external drive had changed... I don't know if thats what always happens... but I think it's what happened to me.
My music folder was probably temporarily set back to the default or something causing Itunes to think it was a fresh install (or something)... Anyway.. let me know if this helps...
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