I have been really unhappy with iTunes 11 too so I decided to rollback to iTunes 10.7 (21) on my MaxBook Pro OSX 10.8.2
You can't just restore the application so you have to do a full restore and overwrite your entire Mac with your backup of OSX, applications and data!
I did this using Time Capsule (Airport) by restarting with the CMD R keys held down and then restoring to the day before I naïvely and expectently upgraded to the iTunes 11.
It's like getting all of my old friends back where everyone and everything is where I expected it to be again, phew. I am going to sit on iTunes 10.7 until I am forced off it or Apple support more backward compatibility with the GUI
This was my first full system restore using Time Capsule so it was nerve wracking experience as it is a slow but sure process using Time Capsule.
The good news is that it all works and you can recover your Mac if you screw up by living on the bleeding edge of early adoption. My new year's resolution is to be more of a laggard given Apple's new track record with Maps and now iTunes 11. I gues they don't scrutinise their changes like they used to
There's ways to do it without Time Machine. See below.
I gues they don't scrutinise their changes like they used to
It depends upon what you didn't like. Many of the changes were deliberate, even if we don't like them.
=Downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7=
You may be able to go back with Time Machine but this may involve restoring other items too (https://discussions.apple.com/message/20441404). Alternatively:
Back up your computer first, in case the unexpected happens.
Get iTunes 10.7 from http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1576 or the direct download link at: http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes10/041-7195.20120912.d3uzQ/iTunes10.7.dmg
Do a few preparatory steps by making sure all iTunes components are not running and cleaning old files. See https://discussions.apple.com/message/20475394. Do steps 3 and 4. Steps 6-8 may be also useful but I don't know if they are essential. Some of the other steps are not necessary, duplicate steps listed later in my post or are perhaps even unhelpful in the process.
Replace the iTunes 11 application with iTunes 10.7. Simply dragging the application to the trash may not work. Lion (OSX 10.7) and newer systems have iTunes integrated into the operating system and deleting is a bit more involved. Two ways to do this are:
1. Use the shareware Pacifist utility (http://www.charlessoft.com/) to install iTunes 10.7 including all associated system files. Details at http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=16400819&postcount=6
2. Check this reference on how to delete the iTunes application itself:
Delete iTunes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion - http://osxdaily.com/2011/09/13/delete-itunes-in-mac-os-x-10-7-lion/
After deleting the application there may be other files that need downgrading too. See the note about error -42408 at the end of this post. You may want to tuck these away somewhere safe until you have completed the installation of iTunes 10.7. I have not tested this but ideally if newer versions are not found then the installer will put in the old versions. This may include these files in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ which apparently get updated by iTunes 11:
After doing one of the two procedures above you will have to rescue the most recent old iTunes library from your iTunes > Previous Libraries folder. Rename it "iTunes Library.itl" and replace the existing one in the iTunes folder. A newer version of iTunes irreversibly updates your library file so you have to replace it with the old one or you will get an error message. Note, this will revert your library to the version at the time of the upgrade and you will have to update any changes made since. See:
https://discussions.apple.com/message/20401436 - 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 - http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1451
- https://discussions.apple.com/message/20432309 - solution to mobile devices saying they need to be restored after downgrading
- If you encounter error -42408:
iTunes: Advanced iTunes Store troubleshooting - http://support.apple.com/kb/TS3297 > Specific Conditions and Alert Messages: (Mac OS X / Windows) - including specific error codes.
Alternatively, check https://discussions.apple.com/message/20441424 which requires you have a Time Machine backup (though possibly if you remove the newer version of these files old ones may be installed with the iTunes 10.7 installer - untested). A variant of this is at: https://discussions.apple.com/message/20448184
- Persistent "Show in iTunes Store" arrows after downgrade - https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4567064