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why Apple doesn't provide iTunes 11.1 for Mac OS X 10.5.8 ?

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Nov 16, 2013 2:20 AM

Looks like there are millions world wide suffering from this same issue.


I use very old Mac, PowerMac G4 with nice graphite color. It's old, but it does certain jobs and still works perfect for small tasks like managing my music. This is what I love about Mac and Apple, not like Microsoft where old technology won't survive more than a few years (believe me I love new technologies as well, as I use MacBook Pro at work).


Now I run Mac OS X 10.5.8, the latest OS supported on PowerPC based machines. The latest iTunes allowed on this Mac is "10.6.3". As millions have struggled so far, these cannot manage the latest iPhone5s running iOS7. It says "you need iTunes 11.1 or older, get it from here" but there doesn't exist iTunes 11.1 that runs on Mac OS X 10.5.8.


This is ridiculous that I'd have to throw away my lovely old Mac, just to run iTunes 11.1, just to mamage my music on iPhone5s. I live in IT industry and do understand the vendor side thoughts to reduce development QA cost, reducing the number of combination to run tests, so at some points wanting to stop supporting old products. But there are millions of Mac lovers still on PPC machine running 10.5.8, still enjoying trying new iPhone and iPad deviced, and they are furious by thrown away by Apple.


Please Apple, I beg you please. Use a bit of your developer time to release iTunes 11.1 for Mac OS X 10.5.8 ? I'd love to pay for it if you need investment, and I suspect millions others would love to do so. It's much inexpensive than buying newer Mac hardware.


Apprciate your attention on this.



- an old Apple fan

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)

    The people who read tese posts are not Apple emplyees.

    Apple do not discuss Apple policy in these forums.


    You can send your opinion to Apple by going to

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (43,410 points)

    Sorry, but your G4 PowerMac has been obsolete for years. It is 8+ years since Apple abandoned PPC chips in favour of Intel.


    The latest iTunes cannot work with the almost equally old Leopard 10.5.8 and in any case requires Intel architecture.

  • a brody Level 9 Level 9 (62,035 points)

    At this point I recommend selling/returning your iPhone, and getting an older one that still has an older supported iOS.


    Or buying a used or refurbished Mac that will support the iPhone. and are both good places to go, and the Apple Store has its own corner of older Macs to go to.   Recognize PowerPC applications are not supported at higher than Mac OS X 10.6.8, and that Macs newer than July 20, 2011 can't run 10.6.8 without serious finagling.   Migrating from old to new Mac also takes some work.


    Recognize you don't have to buy the latest and greatest.  Because if you do, you'll have to always try to make sure the software and hardware are running in sync.   This is the down side of having integrated products.   Eventually it does create older machines that can't run with newer devices.


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