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I have received a handful of disparate reports regarding issues running iTunes Library Manager with iTunes 10.5.1. In short, iTLM will not display backed-up libraries correctly and in one scenario crashes when attempting to Save or Load.

I am currently investigating these issues. However, under the circumstance, I cannot recommend using iTunes Library Manager if you intend on also using iTunes Match.


iTunes Library Manager makes back up copies of the current iTunes database files and iTunes Preferences, allowing you to maintain two or more libraries each with its own preferences settings.

For example, you can have one "Main Library" which contains all your songs and playlists, and another which just contains your "Holiday Music" songs and playlists.

Additionally, because each library is saved and loaded with its associated preferences, you can create many different configurations for different uses. For instance, you can assign each library its own designated iTunes Music folder, and keep a directory of audio files on your computer and another distinct directory of audio files on another volume, network drive or external drive; different libraries can have different Sharing, Burning or Importing settings, too. The flexibility is awesome.

iTunes Library Manager cannot manage multiple libraries created with iTunes' multiple library feature (initiated by holding the Option key when activating iTunes). Each uses a different back up routine.

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Download Version 6.0 if you are using Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or 10.7 (Lion):

Download Version 5.4 if you are using Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or 10.5 (Leopard):


Updated In Version 6.0

  • Compatible with iTunes 10.4
  • Compatible with OS X Lion
  • Does not run on PowerPC machines (use version 5.4 instead)
  • Some GUI changes

[august 3 '11]

Updated In Version 5.4

  • Compatible with iTunes 10.4
  • Runs only in operating systems 10.4 and 10.5 on PowerPC machines.
  • Some GUI changes

[august 3 '11]


Version 6.0 System Requirements

  • Installation on a Mac running OS X 10.6 or better ONLY
  • iTunes 10 or better

Version 5.4 System Requirements

  • Installation on a Mac running OS X 10.4 or 10.5 ONLY
  • iTunes 10 or better


Please note: Versions prior to v5.0 cannot be upgraded for free. New registration codes do not work with any version before v5.0. You must download iTLM version 6.0 or 5.4 and then purchase a registration code.

The unregistered version of iTunes Library Manager will allow you to backup and maintain two libraries. Registered users of pre-5.0 versions will have access to their current libraries, but new libraries cannot be created without a new registration code.

After you pay the $10.00 shareware fee, you will receive a registration code which will enable iTunes Library Manager to save as many Libraries as you like. You'll also enable me to continue working on iTunes Library Manager and make it work better for you!

You can make safe and secure payments using your credit card. Just click either the "Kagi" or the PayPal "Buy Now" button below.

Make payments through Kagi

PayPal users: Payments made by PayPal eCheck will take up to 5 business days to clear. As soon as your eCheck clears with PayPal your registration code will be emailed to you. (Your payment will be by eCheck if you do not have a credit card attached to your PayPal account or your PayPal account is "unverified".)

Yahoo mail users: There is a very good chance Yahoo will re-route emails from me to your spam or junk mailbox. As soon as you receive the PayPal confirmation, check these mailboxes for the email containing your registration code. Otherwise, if you don't receive your code, let me know; it may take me a day or two to manually send you a code.

Currently, I can only accept payments electronically via PayPal and Kagi. For other payment options, please email me at dougscripts at mac dot com.

If you have any problems, ideas or suggestions, please email me.

My name is Doug Adams,
dougscripts at mac dot com.

This application uses reasonable precautions to protect your data, but that is no guarantee against unforseen situations on your computer. I make no guarantees to this application's effectiveness on your computer and cannot take any responsibility if something goes wrong while using this application. If this makes you aprehensive then please use backups of your files.


Version History

v6.0 (aug 3 '11 - current):
- Compatible with iTunes 10.4
- OS X 10.6 or 10.7 only
- Some GUI changes

v5.4 (aug 3 '11 - current):
- Compatible with iTunes 10.4
- OS X 10.4 or 10.5 only

v5.3 (sept 16 '09):
- Compatible with iTunes 9
- Some GUI changes

v5.2.1 (oct 17 '08):
- Fixes issues with Tiger compatibility

v5.2 (sept 22 '08):
- Compatible with iTunes 8
- Recognizes--but does not manage--iTunes' multiple-libraries; however, such libraries can be the basis for additional iTLM libraries
- Some GUI enhancements
- Speed and performance fixes

v5.1 (nov 5 '07):
- Maintenance release; updated for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
- Added "Check For Update" menu option

v5.0.2 (oct 16 '06):
- fixes problem with long library names ("Bad name for file" error)
- fixes problem selecting libraries in Mac OS X 10.3.9
- fixes problem with nag screens continuing to appear in registered versions in Mac OS X 10.3.9
- Adds confirmation dialog to "New" routine
- includes "Launch iTunes Library Manager" AppleScript for use in the iTunes Script menu
- Help menu includes FAQ

v5.0.1 (oct 1 '06):
- fixes problem where incorrect library may have been inadvertantly selected
- fixes rare "Bad name for file" error
- adds confirmation dialog for delete function
- Load button becomes default when library is selected

v5.0 (sep 29 '06):
- now an AppleScript Studio application that can stay active as long as you need it available
- compatible with iTunes 7, accommodating the "Album Artwork" folder for individual libraries
- main window displays names and modification dates of backed up libraries and displays the name of the current library
- create new libraries, based on the current iTunes Preferences or from "scratch" using the iTunes Setup Assistant
- delete backed up libraries
- zoom to display a mini floating window that just displays the current library
- comprehensive Help Menu

v4.3.1 (apr 18 '06):
- fixed a "Bad name for file" error that may have occurred when loading a library

v4.3 (apr 6 '06):
- works properly while FileVault is active
- prevents loading a library if current library has not previously been backed up
- consolidated dialog boxes around re-load, quit, and restart iTunes
- changed some dialog box layouts
- main dialog cancels after 15 minutes
- Restart dialog will give up after 15 seconds and load selected library
- added titles to some dialogs
- consolidation of code

v4.2.5 (oct 21 '05):
- fixed serious error which prevented creation of new back up folders

v4.2.4 (oct 21 '05):
- fixed problem some users experienced when accessing "iTunes Music Library.xml" file

v4.2.3 (oct 20 '05):
- maintenance release
- fixed problem with iTunes not activating (coming to front) after some routines had completed
- locates Music folder more efficiently
- various code tweaks

v4.2.2 (jul 3 '05):
- fixed a bug that sometimes prevented proper conversion and loading of "old-style" databases
- includes important instructions for iTunes 4.9 users on updating pre-iTunes 4.9 backed-up libraries

v4.2.1 (jul 1 '05):
- fixes bugs in v4.2, including problem with naming loaded library correctly and better enabling iTunes 4.9 to update "old-style" databases

v4.2 (jun 29 '05):
- compatible with iTunes 4.9

v4.1 (apr 26 '05):
- compatible with Mac OS 10.4 ("Tiger")
- displays modification date of currently loaded backup file in dialog

v4.0 (jun11'04):
- backs up current Preferences data for each library
- current library highlighted in choose from list box
- added "Visit site" option to quitting dialog

v3.0.2 (apr6'04):
- fixed error in v3.0.1 that may have prevented overwriting backed up Libraries

v3.0.1 (apr5'04):
- maintenance release
- includes helper AppleScripts for additional functions

v3.0 (apr29'03):
- updated for compatibility with iTunes 4
- includes Update applet to assist with upgrading iTunes 3 Libraries

v2.5 (nov13'02):
- name of the currently loaded "Library" is displayed in the Source pane
- only initially activates iTunes the first time it is ever run
- automatically backs-up current Library before Loading a new one
- fixed a problem that might have crashed the program during iTunes restart, esp. if a very large "Library" file was involved
- now runs better from Script Menu
- no longer shows startup screen

v2.1 (jul18'02):
- is better at finding your iTunes folder location if moved to Music, or if it remains in Documents

v2.0 (jul17'02):
- compatible with iTunes 3's "iTunes 3 Music Library"

v1.2 (apr28'02):
- allows over-writing of same-named foldered IML2 file - fixed check of OS X - changed first-run folder name to "Default" rather than ""

v1.1 (feb11'02):
- checks for deleted "iTunes Music Library (2)" file, in case you are wiping clean

v1.0 (feb9'02):
- initial release

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