How do I get my music from a backup back into iTunes?

Computer crashed.  I have a backup.  I just want to get my music back on my computer without doing a full reinstall.  How do I find what I need in the Time Machine or Time Capsule, whatever it is called? Can I still keep my playlists, etc?
I am not super computer savvy, but I can work my way around. Simple instructions, please. I just need my music, so I can sync my iPhone.
Thanks!
Cherie

It sounds to me like the option to  "copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library" was turned off in the iTunes -> Advanced preferences when you added the tracks from the flash drive, so iTunes left them on the flash drive rather than copying them to your computer's hard drive. Get Info on any of the tracks and see where iTunes thinks they should be located. If they're pointing to the flash drive, check that preference.
If that is indeed the problem, you'll need to fix the location. You can do this track by track if there aren't too many, but if there are a number of them, it'll be easiest to remove them from the iTunes library, fix the above-mentioned preference, and add the tracks again. Or you can just keep the flash drive connected to your computer, but that's probably not ideal.
Regards.

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