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OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

O.K. got the shiny new itunes 11 but want to keep my old background color.  I prefer the darker background instead of the sterile white look.

I remember a long time ago I was able to change it in the older itunes but forgot where or if its even possible to do this now.

 

Also if anybody has figured out a way to change the font on it would be nice, I really do not like the current font.

 

Thanks

  • 1. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    Studio K Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Changing the background color in Grid View is not possible in iTunes 11.  The option to make it grey or white was found in the Preferences.  They have now removed this.  Very annoying, I must say.  I can't stand the white background.

     

    It's no longer possible to resize the album art, either.  Postage-stamp sized album covers on a white background looks really lousy on a 21" widescreen display.

  • 2. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    People view iTunes on many screen sizes and and many different type rooms, this is why having options such as background color and cover art size was a very good part of the interface.  There really is no reason to delete these options.

  • 3. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    LiquidDragon1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just updated to iTunes 11 about 10 minutes ago and I am already annoyed by the white backgroung and the lack of an option to change the color of iTunes and the size of the album artwork.  You can go ahead and fire the person that thought this would be a better iTunes browser. 

  • 4. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    LiquidDragon1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I would also suggest you go under the help tab and click on the Provide iTunes Feedback and tell them how you feel about their new iTunes interface. 

  • 5. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    Dday141 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I agree, I have a large library but for me the artwork is just way too big. The new feature of how to view the track information in an album is beautiful and all, but the artworks just takes up way too much space especially since I have over 7,000 albums (singles, eps, and whatnot included). All these giant artworks and no option to group them makes it very difficult to navigate to an album.

  • 6. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    rothschild99 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can actually change the album artwork size. The option is now under View>View Options.... and is only applicable to some of the tabs (Artist and Genre Tabs)

  • 7. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    carlos-teran Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This gotta be the most annoying iTunes update ever. Can't stand the white background and not having size options on grid view. Good thing I updated only on my MacMini, gonna skip the update on my MacBook Pro and iMac. :/

  • 8. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    OzziesMAC Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)

    All that does is let me shrink the cover art since it's already at max big and it's still small.

    I want to increase the size of my movie cover art for my larger screen but this is no longer possible.

     

    I really hate this white background to.

  • 9. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    johnnyboy_1969 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    they did the same thing in iTunes 9 & eventually gave us back the option to darken the background color. The white background is just painful to view, it actually hurts my eyes to look at it. Why would Apple repeat the same mistake it made in iTunes 9?

  • 10. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    afl321 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is only one solution I can think of at this point if the white is that bad for you. download ONYX maintenance software for your osx version (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/11582/onyx) . Once you dowload and open Onyx go to "Parameters" then hit the itunes tab along the top and select "turn on high contrast mode"... This will give you black background and white title --- best if used in "songs" view iun itunes.  Far from perfect fix as there will be some gray on black and black on black text in some  itunes windows...only if you cant bare the white. Simply uncheck the same setting in onxy to get back to white defualt.

  • 11. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    craigfromstockport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hate to say it guys but I have a black background and am trying to get back to whit but there is no option to do so as far as I can see.  I already had my libary in the dark mode before downloading the update from the App Store.  Looks great for albums and books but the tire info in movies is such a dark grey you can't actually read it, have to put it into list view to see everything properly.

  • 12. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    RadicalxEdward Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately you can have the dark backgrounds but it breaks iTunes. There are many areas that will keep the black text so it will be black text on a black background.

    craigfromstockport wrote:

     

    Hate to say it guys but I have a black background and am trying to get back to whit but there is no option to do so as far as I can see.  I already had my libary in the dark mode before downloading the update from the App Store.  Looks great for albums and books but the tire info in movies is such a dark grey you can't actually read it, have to put it into list view to see everything properly.

    I had this same problem. The fix is simple. Go into terminal and paste the line below and hit enter. (with iTunes closed). Should be all set after that.

     

    defaults write com.apple.iTunes high-contrast-mode-enable -bool FALSE

  • 13. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    RadicalxEdward Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    If you're curious what it looks like check out my other thread:

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20435088#20435088

  • 14. Re: iTunes 11 Changing Background Color
    craigfromstockport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks chaps all sorted.  Although I cheated and did it through onyx.  It's a pity apple didn't extend the theme to the dark grid mode and work that round I think it would work well, just look at how the movie and tv pages on iTunes Store looks I think it looks brilliant.

     

    But it is now sorted thanks for your help guys I can now view everything properly

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