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how do I get my old Itunes back? I HATE Itunes 11

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  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 2:57 AM (in response to Calchick)

    Calchick wrote:

     

    confused a little on this..... so basically RENAME your files something else and move the library?  then uninstall - reinstall the old one.  then go back to the Renamed library and put it back where it belongs???? 

     

    thanks for your help

     

    If you just uninstall iTunes 11 and install iTunes 10.7 then when iTunes starts it will complain that The file "iTunes Library" cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. During each iTunes upgrade the current library file is moved to the Previous iTunes Libraries folder, stamped with the date of the upgrade, and then used to construct a new copy of the library that incorporates any new features introduced with the new build. When iTunes starts up it checks an internal version number in the database. If the library was built with an older version of iTunes it is upgraded. If it was built with the current version iTunes opens normally, and if newer you get the error message above.

     

    The rename, copy & rename steps are designed to get the recent version of your library that worked with iTunes 10.7 back into the correct location before you start iTunes 10.7. Note you are copying 1 file and making 2 rename operations.

     

    tt2

  • duckie1983 Calculating status...

    Hey I cant add files to my itunes now on itunes 11 help ?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    Drag & drop as before, or use Ctrl-B or the small tool at the top left to enable the menu bar and then use File > Add folder to library. Or tap the Alt key to have the menu bar display temporarily.

     

    tt2

  • ggammel Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    To turingtest2: 

     

    I found my "previous library" file but the only ones in there are from 9/13/12 and 12/1/12. I know that I downloaded iTunes 10.7 in October because I have the file in my download file folder on my computer. I don't want to revert back to the library from September if I can help it because I know I have added a bunch of stuff since then and I would have to figure out what I have added since then and that would be just one more hassle. Is there any other place where a copy of a library would be saved? I know I should have a copy from October.

     

    Thanks for your instructions above I know they will be helpful.

  • cx1designs77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, but it's the POOR SOUND QUALITY, that I object to.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)
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    Dec 5, 2012 11:21 PM (in response to ggammel)

    ggammel wrote:

     

    To turingtest2: 

     

    I found my "previous library" file but the only ones in there are from 9/13/12 and 12/1/12. I know that I downloaded iTunes 10.7 in October because I have the file in my download file folder on my computer. I don't want to revert back to the library from September if I can help it because I know I have added a bunch of stuff since then and I would have to figure out what I have added since then and that would be just one more hassle. Is there any other place where a copy of a library would be saved? I know I should have a copy from October.

     

    Thanks for your instructions above I know they will be helpful.

     

    The 12/1/12 file should be the correct one. It's possible that the 10.7 update was so minor that a database rebuild was omitted. You can add the media folder to iTunes to pick up additions or use iTunes Folder Watch. If you backup regularly you will be in better position when things go wrong.

     

    tt2

  • Waiheke Andy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 1:02 AM (in response to Calchick)

    I was getting desperate looking for help and finally put in I hate Itunes 11 and there was the answer.  Thank for getting it to look like something I can use again!

  • wowspring Calculating status...

    I uninstalled iTunes 11 and installed 10.7 but I can't open it because I get the message: The file "iTunes Library" cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. When I go to my previous iTunes libraries, the same thing happens. Do I have to go back to iTunes 11?

  • LexSchellings Level 5 Level 5 (5,475 points)

    Look in iTunes/preferences/advanced where the Library is. Go there and move the whole Folder to somewhere save. Then make a copy of this Folder to a new folder anywhere. Then open iTunes and move the songs in this latest foldercopy into "music " on the left. This will make a new library of it (and you keep a copy of the "newer one).

  • cx1designs77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, I had that same problem. There is a file named "iTunes Library.itl". After your uninstall 11, you need to delete this file, as well. Then, in theory, you can install iTunes 10.7, and it will create that version of "iTunes Library.itl". (in theory, of course) Good luck!

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    The point is not to simply delete the current .itl but replace it with a recent one from the Previous iTunes Libraries folder. That way you recover most, if not all, of your ratings, playlists, play counts, and your devices don't need to be reloaded from scratch.

     

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  • cx1designs77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can't do that, because after you uninstall 11, you still have the 11 version of .itl.

    So when you try to install a previous version, like 10.7, you get the error message:

    The file "iTunes Library" cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes.

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    Please read and inwardly digest this post.

     

    It's purpose is to restore an older copy of the iTunes Library.itl file that is compatible with the earlier version of iTunes that you've installed.

     

    tt2

  • cx1designs77 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 10:16 AM (in response to Calchick)

    Question for you: Are you on a Mac or PC?

  • turingtest2 Level 8 Level 8 (43,845 points)

    Calchick wrote:

     

    I liked the old version of Itunes better, I HATE Itunes 11     HOW DO I REVERT TO THE OLD ONE?  HELP and not lose my music library

    ITUNES 11 , Windows Vista

     

     

    P.S. The roll back technique is the same for Macs...

     

    tt2

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