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can you revert back to itunes 10.7 from 11?

8117 Views 13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 10, 2012 7:39 AM by sjconnacher RSS
Tshell1225 Calculating status...
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Nov 29, 2012 3:13 PM

is there a way to go back if i don't like the update?

MacBook Pro
  • JoeDiBease Calculating status...
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    Nov 29, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to Tshell1225)

    Yes, you would have to delete iTunes 11. Then go to and download it from there.

  • Lymis Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:14 AM (in response to JoeDiBease)

    Doesn't work. The download link that says 10.7 takes you to the download page for iTunes 11.

  • TonyLV Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:22 AM (in response to Lymis)

    If you try to install 10.7 over version 11 it won't let you do that.
    I thought I could simply open up Time Machine and restore the previous version from there, but got a message saying that iTunes couldn't be modified or deleted because it is required by OS X. I was frustrated... lol
    I finally figured out that I had to restart my laptop, hold the Cmd + R buttons and from there was able to do a restore from Time Machine. I have 10.7 back and everything is cool again.
    Thanks so much for all the help, I hope my findings can help you guys if you should find iTunes 11 to be not so great.

  • MDOzz Calculating status...
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:41 AM (in response to Lymis)

    Weird, that worked for me try this page...

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 8:48 AM (in response to MDOzz)

    Really?  Although it mentions iTunes 10.7 for Mac if you look at the link it just takes you to the main iTunes download page which is set for iTunes11.

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  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Nov 30, 2012 9:21 AM (in response to MDOzz)

    I'm still running iTunes 7.5 (yes, 7.5, not 10.7, or even 9, or even 8).



    =Downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7=


    You may be able to go back with Time Machine but this may require a complete restore of your computer (  Alternatively:


    Back up your computer first, in case the unexpected happens.


    Get iTunes 10.7.  Apple does not keep many old version up on its web site.  I always install iTunes by downloading the installer and then keep it on my archive drive so I can have access to old versions.  This one is no longer openly linked on Apple's site:


    iTunes 10.7 for OS X


    Replace the iTunes 11 application with iTunes 10.7.  Lion (OSX 10.7) and newer systems have iTunes integrated into the operating system and deleting is a bit more involved.  Check this reference on how to do this:


    Delete iTunes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion -


    Now you will have to rescue your old iTunes library from your iTunes > Previous Libraries folder and rename it "iTunes Library.itl" (replacing the existing one in the iTunes folder) because a newer version of iTunes irreversibly updates your library file. Note, this will revert your library to version at the time of the upgrade and you will have to update any changes made since.  See:

  - turingtest2 11/2012 post on rebuilding empty/corrupt library from previous iTunes library file after upgrade/crash.


    iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists -


    Other issues: - solution to mobile devices saying they need to be restored after downgrading

    G4 Quicksilver 2x1GHz 250/120GB HDs, Mac OS X (10.4.11), OS9.2.2, iTunes7.5, QT7.4&QTP2.5.1
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    Dec 1, 2012 7:02 AM (in response to TonyLV)

    Hi TonyLv,

    I have a mac mini with wireless keyboard. I tried your recommendation to hold cmd + R but it didn't make any difference. I have time machine installed. Do you have any suggestion for my situation? Thanks

  • TonyLV Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to eminsoy)



    Do you have your external hard drive connencted to your Mini? Make sure that it is connected when you restart.

    Once the screen goes black, that's when you would hold down the CMD & R buttons.

    Continue holding these buttons until the Mini boots into recovery mode.

    Once you get there, you'll simply follow the prompts (to restore from a Time Machine back up). 

    While it does the restore, you won't be able to do anything until it completes.

    Don't be alarmed if it says that the estimated time is 2+ hours... it actually works a lot quicker than the time estimate given.


    Once everything was restored and I fired up iTunes 10.7 again, it found about 35 songs that had been missing from library, so I was quite pleased with that. Also, upon launching 10.7 again for the first time after the restore you'll be given a message that a newer version of iTunes is available... DO NOT UPGRADE!


    The only other issues I encountered after doing the restore was importing all of my Mail messages and to rebuild my user profile for Microsoft Office.


    I hope this helps, please let me know if you need anything else.

  • eminsoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 2:26 PM (in response to TonyLV)

    Thank you TonyLV,

    I did as you say, this time it worked and now waiting for the time machine to finalize restore.

  • eminsoy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 1, 2012 4:07 PM (in response to TonyLV)

    TonyLV, restore finalized no casualties :-) thanks once again. Need to keep the machine on even after restoration to finalize indexing. What could be the reason to remove cover flow? Copyright issues? They had removed Front Row a while ago as well.

  • tsg67 Calculating status...
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    Dec 1, 2012 4:19 PM (in response to Tshell1225)

    I too just downgraded successfully from 11 to 10.7!!! I'm so happy again! I have over 1500 complete albums and am no computer pro - but I went for it and am so glad to have the old 10.7 back! Wise up Apple!

  • sjconnacher Calculating status...
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to Limnos)





    After rooting around the web trying to find a simple and effective method to revert to 10.7 I found your solution. It worked like a charm- a well spent few minutes out of my life to escape the probs of iTunes 11.  I was fed up with regularly having to force quit iTunes 11, which would give me the spinning beachball of death if I tried to type anything in the search panel.  I'll try it again after some of the bugs have been worked out.


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