How to fix The File iTunes Library.itl Cannot Be Read Because It Was Created by a Newer Version of iTunes error
If you are seeing the error message “The file iTunes Library.itl cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes,” it means that the version of iTunes that you are currently using is older than the version that was used to create the iTunes Library file. To fix this error, you will need to update iTunes to the latest version.
Method 1 (Mac)
Here’s how to update iTunes:
- Open the App Store on your Mac.
- Click on the Updates tab.
- If an update for iTunes is available, click the Update button next to the iTunes update.
- If no update is available, iTunes is already up to date.
Alternatively, you can also update iTunes by downloading the latest version from the iTunes website:
- Go to the iTunes download page: https://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
- Click the Download Now button to download the latest version of iTunes.
- Once the download is complete, open the installer file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the new version of iTunes.
Once you have updated iTunes, the error message should no longer appear.
Method 2 (Windows PC)
How to fix the iTunes Library.itl Could Not Be Read
If you are seeing the error message “The file iTunes Library.itl could not be read,” it means that the iTunes Library file is unreadable because it was created with a newer version of iTunes. To fix this problem, you will need to delete or rename the iTunes Library.itl file. Here’s how to do it:
- Close the iTunes error message window.
- Go to the iTunes Library file location: open the Music folder, then the iTunes folder. Inside the iTunes folder, you will see the iTunes Library file with a .itl extension.
- Delete or rename the file. We recommend renaming the file (e.g. “iTunes Library Backup”) in case of any problems, as you can easily go back to the backup file if needed.
- Restart iTunes. You should no longer see the iTunes Library.itl error.
If iTunes opens without any problems, it means that the issue has been resolved. Keep in mind that you may need to update iTunes to the latest version if you continue to see this error message.