Fixing iTunes CDDB lookup – more details

Since Apple’s forums don’t seem to support permalinks, the hint I previously posted about fixing iTunes for Windows’ connection to CDDB isn’t complete. Here’s how to reestablish connection to CDDB if your track lookups start failing:

  1. Quit iTunes for Windows.
  2. In Internet Explorer, go to Tools | Internet Options, click on the Connections tab, and click on the LAN Settings button.
  3. In the dialog that follows, uncheck the checkbox about using a proxy. Hit OK, then OK again.
  4. Open RegEdit and look for the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_USERSoftwareCDDBControl2.0. Delete this key.
  5. Open iTunes and insert the CD. iTunes should now be able to connect to CDDB again—at least, until it forgets again later…
  6. If necessary, reenable your proxy settings.