The iTunes Library file is a database of your iTunes media and playlists. It doesn’t hold the media but audio and video files are stored, by default, in the iTunes Music folder within the iTunes folder. Rather, it contains information about the media such as the contents of playlists, song ratings, and play counts. This file is used only by iTunes.
If you move it from its default location, iTunes creates a new iTunes Library file when it’s next launched. When it does so, you’ll wind up with an empty iTunes library because iTunes no longer has a record of your media. The media is exactly where you left it—in that iTunes Music folder, by default—but the iTunes Library file won’t know about it until you add your media to iTunes.
For this reason, you’ll often find that tutorials suggest that before clearing with the location of your iTunes library you create a backup of this file. Should something go wrong, you can restore your library to its previous state by using the backup copy of the iTunes Library file instead of the one most recently created by iTunes.
How to save iTunes Library File in Windows 10?
In Windows 10 iTunes is giving an error pop up that prevents you from downloading any media onto your local computer. According to How to Geek it was a security setting in Windows 10 that was preventing iTunes from writing to the media folder. The feature is called Controlled Folder Access and keeping it enabled, it can cause all kinds of strange issues with programs in Windows.
If you thus find that the iTunes library file cannot be saved or the required file cannot be found then follow the given steps below to fix this error.
Before you begin note that with Controlled Folder access enabled in Windows 10, you basically prevent any program from writing to default folders in Windows like Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, etc. You manually have to give permission to each program that needs to write to these directories.
So once an application has tried to access a folder and has been blocked, it shows up in a recently blocked list and you can just select it to give it access.
- First, click on Start and then Settings.
- Next, click on Update and Security.
- In the left-hand column, click on Windows Security. On the following right pane, click the Open Windows Security button.
- Now click on Virus and Threat protection in the right or left pane.
- In the right pane, scroll down until you see the Manage Settings link under the Virus & threat protection settings header.
- You’ll see a lot of different options here, but keep scrolling down until you reach Controlled folder access and click on the manage link.
- Click on the Allow an app through Controlled folder access link.
You’re going to get a security popup asking if you want to allow this app to make changes to your computer. Click Yes. Here you will see a list of apps and their paths that have been granted access.
Go ahead and click on the Add an allowed app button at the top. When you click on it, you’ll see an option come up that it titled Recently Blocked Apps.
If you just closed iTunes, you should see that the top app is going to be the iTunes executable file (itunes.exe). If not, you can open iTunes again and let the error pop up and then come back to this window. Or you can just click Browse all apps and manually navigate to the EXE file.
Just click the + button to add the app and then click Close. Now go ahead and open iTunes and your error will be gone! Whew! That was a lot of steps, but thankfully you only need to do this once.
Also you can go through that recently blocked list and give access to any other app that you think is being blocked incorrectly. It tends to block a lot of Adobe software too. (with inputs from How to Geek)