iLife: Cannot See iTunes Files in Other iLife Applications

Under some circumstances, you may not see the iTunes Library in other iLife applications (iMovie, iPhoto, and iDVD).
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Symptom
  • When selecting audio for a slideshow in iPhoto, the option to choose music from iTunes is not available. The pop-up menu says "iTunes not found".
  • When selecting audio in iMovie, the option to choose music from iTunes is not available. The pop-up menu says "iTunes not found".
  • When you click the Audio button in iDVD the message "Launch iTunes or later to populate this list" appears.

Solution

  • Run Software Update to make sure QuickTime, Mac OS X and your iLife applications to up to date.
  • Make sure that iTunes has been opened at least once.
  • The iTunes Music Library.xml file may be unusable. Try recreating the XML file used to populate the music listing. Follow these steps:
    1. Quit iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD and iTunes.
    2. Click the Finder icon in the Dock.
    3. Choose Go > Go to Folder
    4. Depending where your iTunes Music Library is, enter ~/Documents/iTunes or ~/Music/iTunes and click Go.
    5. Locate the "iTunes Music Library.xml" file and drag it to the Desktop.
    6. Open iTunes.
    7. Create a new playlist by choosing File > New Playlist.
    8. Quit iTunes.

Open the iLife applications and make sure you can see the iTunes Library in other applications.

Published Date: Oct 11, 2016