There is no easy way to do this, but...
- open Terminal.app
- type: "open /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/English.lproj"
- type (in terminal again): "chown `whoami` TextStyles.plist"
- in opened folder find file: "TextStyles.plist"
- replace all occurences of "HelveticaNueve" with "LucidaGrande" (font in iTunes 10)
- restart iTunes
Thanks Alfuken. It didn't work as expected. After typing in #2 English.lproj opened up. Typing #3 did nothing so I clicked on TextStyles.plistbut and a error message popped up saying something about Xcode version. I am updating Xcode now and will try again.
The file mentioned can be changed in TextEdit, but you will be unable to save it because it is owned by root. To first change file ownership to yourself, follow these Terminal instructions:
sudo chown $USER English.lproj
sudo chown $USER English.lproj/TextStyles.plist
cp English.lproj/TextStyles.plist English.lproj/TextStyles.orig
Now edit the file:
open -a TextEdit.app English.lproj/TextStyles.plist
Change every occurrence of "HelveticaNeue" to "LucidaGrande"
Save the file.
I didn't have much time to tweak TextStyles.plist so to make iTunes 11 look as close to previous versions as possible - for the most part I just substituted all HelveticaNeue strings with LucidaGrande, keeping in mind that there is only LucidaGrande and LucidaGrande-Bold typefaces available in the system. Here is my version: http://cl.ly/LKgu (Please note this version is only applicable if your system language is English. Also please remember this is not a regular modification - you are making it at your own risk. Do backup your original TextStyles.plist).
Here is how iTunes fonts look with this modified plist:
In case you are going to edit your own TextStyles.plist, and so to save you some time, here is a few keys:
- LCD fonts (top middle window with current track name/artist ect) - look up for strings with "LCD" (like LCDTextLarge)
- Navigation bar fonts (where you chose betwen views in music section or between departments in itunes store) - strings containing "nav bar"
- Most fonts in main window related to album/artist/track information whether in albums or any other view - strings containing "item grid"
- Sidebar items fonts - "playlists outline small font" and "playlists outline small font (selected)" strings
Yeah! iTunes now looks like a Mac app again! Great post!
And everything is much more readable! As far as I remember, Lucida Grande was designed especially for screen use but Helvetica - despite being a great font - not, at least not in the first place.
THANK YOU Gnarlodius. I can't believe Apple has switched over to such a cheap looking font - and worse, won't easily let you change it. Your solution worked great.
And lambertd, obviously you can then change every instance of LucidaGrande-Medium to LucidaGrande. Not that difficult to figure out.
As an extra step, I did the following:
Change every occurrence of "<integer>12</integer>" to "<integer>11</integer>"
Change every occurrence of "<integer>13</integer>" to "<integer>12</integer>"
This will make the font sizes reasonable and not kindergarten looking.