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How to Recover Songs from iTunes: Explore 5 Proven Methods

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iTunes is a popular music management software that allows you to play, store, sync, and share your favorite music on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or iPod. However, there are times when you may encounter unexpected situations that result in the loss or deletion of some songs in iTunes. For instance, you accidentally deleted song from iTunes library, or music files in iTunes were lost or damaged due to system crashes, hard drive failures, virus attacks, formatting, and other reasons.

If you're looking to recover these lost songs from iTunes, is there a way to do it? Fortunately, the answer is yes. In this article, we will introduce five methods on how to recover songs from iTunes. Let's get started.

 

Method 1. How to Recover Songs from iTunes via iPhone Music Recovery

The best and simplest way to recover deleted songs from iTunes, with a high success rate, is to equip yourself with powerful data recovery software. iPhone Music Recovery is a robust data recovery tool designed to assist you in recovering various data types, including music, photos, videos, contacts, messages, and call records, from iPhone, iTunes, or iCloud backups.

Key Features:

  • Recover music files deleted directly from your iPhone.
  • Restore lost music from backups in iTunes and iCloud.
  • Retrieve various other deleted data, including photos, text messages, contacts, call logs, and more.
  • Compatible with all iOS devices, including the latest iPhone 15.

Here is how to recover songs from iTunes using iPhone Music Recovery:

01After launching the program, choose "Recover from iTunes Backup File". It will detect and list all backup files on your computer. Scan and select the one you need.

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02If you have encrypted your iTunes backup, you'll need to enter the backup password first before proceeding with the scanning of the iTunes backup file.

03After completing the scanning process, you will find all data types displayed in the left pane. Click on "App Audio" to locate music files. Select the music files you want to recover, then click "Recover" to save the deleted music files to your computer.

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Method 2. How to Recover Songs from iTunes by Redownloading Purchased Music

If you have purchased music on the iTunes Store, you can redownload them by following these steps:

On Computer:

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Sign in with the Apple ID used for the original purchase.

Step 3. In the top menu, click on "Account" and then select "Purchased".

Step 4. You will be directed to the "Purchased" page. Here, choose the "Music" tab.

Step 5. Locate the songs you want to recover and click the cloud icon or the download button next to each.

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iTunes will begin redownloading the selected music to your library.

On iPhone:

Step 1. Open the iTunes Store app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2. Tap "More" at the bottom of the screen (represented by three dots) and select "Purchased".

Step 3. Choose "Music" and then click on "Not on This [device]" to view a list of songs you've purchased but are not currently on your device.

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Step 4. Locate the songs you want to recover, then tap the download icon (a cloud with a downward arrow) next to each song to redownload them to your device.

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Method 3. How to Restore Deleted Songs from iTunes from the Trash

If you accidentally deleted songs in iTunes and they are in the Trash, you can restore them by following these steps. Here is how to restore deleted songs from iTunes from the Trash:

Step 1. Open your "Trash" on your computer.

Step 2. Locate the deleted iTunes songs, double-click on the file, and then follow the prompts to drag it from the Trash to the desktop or another folder.

Step 3. Finally, open the recovered iTunes songs with iTunes, and they will be added back to your iTunes library.

how to recover songs from itunes from trash

While you cannot recover deleted iTunes songs from your iPhone or iPad through the Trash, after restoring the file on your Mac, you can synchronize iTunes with all Apple devices connected to the Mac.

Method 4. How to Recover Deleted Songs from iTunes Using Time Machine

Time Machine is a utility that backs up all files to an external storage device and restores files in the event of accidental deletion or loss. If you have Time Machine enabled, you can recover deleted songs from iTunes. Here is how to recover songs on iTunes using Time Machine:

Step 1. Connect your Time Machine backup drive to your Mac computer.

Step 2. Open Finder and navigate to your iTunes music folder.

Step 3. Click on the Time Machine icon in the top right corner of the screen, then select the "Enter Time Machine" option.

how to recover deleted songs from itunes using time machine

Step 4. In the Time Machine interface, use the timeline to go back to a point in time before you deleted the songs.

Step 5. Choose the song files or folders you want to restore, then click the "Restore" button to bring them back to your iTunes music folder.

Step 6. Open iTunes, and you should see the restored songs.

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Method 5. How to Recover Songs on iTunes from iTunes Backup

If you have deleted songs from your iTunes Library and have a backup available, you can easily recover them using iTunes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to recover deleted songs from iTunes Library via iTunes backup:

Step 1. Launch the iTunes application on your computer.

Step 2. Connect the device (iPhone, iPad, or iPod) that contains the deleted songs to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3. Select the device icon located at the top-left corner of the iTunes window.

Step 4. In the "Summary" tab, look for the "Backups" section.

Step 5. Under "Manually Back Up and Restore", click on "Restore Backup".

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Step 6. A pop-up window will appear, displaying a list of available backups. Choose the backup that contains the deleted songs you want to recover.

Step 7. Click "Restore" and confirm your choice.

Final Words

The above are the five methods we introduced on how to recover songs from iTunes. You can choose the method that suits your actual situation. However, we strongly recommend using iPhone Music Recovery. This is a professional and powerful data recovery software that can help you recover various data types, including music, photos, videos, contacts, messages, and more, from iPhone, iTunes, or iCloud backups. It operates with simplicity and efficiency and supports various iOS devices and iOS versions, making it the optimal solution for recovering songs from iTunes.

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