Up until today I have been quite pleased with the layout of iTunes. Now, version 11.0 has changed this layout. How do I get my old layout back?
Currently Being ModeratedRe: Up until today I have been quite pleased with the layout of iTunes. Now, version 11.0 has changed this layout. How do I get my old layout back?Dec 7, 2012 4:30 AM (in response to vbrimme)
I know right!
The Artist view in 11 is such garbage! No worries! Do as MANY MANY MANY people have done!
Currently Being ModeratedRe: Up until today I have been quite pleased with the layout of iTunes. Now, version 11.0 has changed this layout. How do I get my old layout back?Dec 7, 2012 10:46 AM (in response to vbrimme)
Also, don't forget to voice your dissatisfaction here:
If enough people complain, perhaps somethings may get
changed to make iTunes a useable app again.
Currently Being ModeratedRe: Up until today I have been quite pleased with the layout of iTunes. Now, version 11.0 has changed this layout. How do I get my old layout back?Dec 7, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to TylerAllen86)
Ouch. I would not use those directions. In particular it ends up with you deleting your iTunes folder which is an unecessary step and possibly a bad one if you have added a lot of content to it since doing your last Time Machine backup when using iTunes 10.7 That goes double if your new items are not easilydownloadable purchases from the iTunes Store (yes, there are those of us who still buy CDs).
Here are directions which have similar elements but leave most of your library in place. Yes, it will revert the library back to when you last used iTunes 10.7, but new media will still be there and will simply have to be added to bring it up to date. It also gets around having to use non-free software.
=Downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7=
Try activating the sidebar, menu bar, and status bar and see if this is close enough to the previous version to make you content. It is easier than downgrading and eventually you will be forced to run a newer iTunes unless you have an endless supply of the model computer you currently own.
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. (Easier) 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. (More work) 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