4 Replies Latest reply: Sep 12, 2008 2:19 PM by Larry R.
Joe Felice Level 2 (150 points)

I have multiple Macs and because of this I prefer to select the *Download Only* option from the Update menu in *Software Update* when updating my software. In this way I only need to download the software once and can then copy them to the other machines and install the updates.

My problem is that I can't seem to use this method to update iTunes. I tried again today with the iTunes 8 software and Software Update says it is downloaded, but when I check the Packages folder it doesn't seem to be there.

Where is it?



Dual 1GHZ G4 Quicksilver, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)
    Hi Joe,

    Hmmm, that was Library>Packages you looked in?

    Have you searched your drive for it?
  • Joe Felice Level 2 (150 points)
    Yep, looked in Library > Packages. I also did a search for "iTunes" as well as "Packages" to see what came up.

    This seems to always happen with iTunes software updates. Today, when doing the update, I downloaded three updates: (1) iTunes; (2) QuickTime; and, (3) a Security update. Software Update then automatically opens up the Packages folder for me and I sorted the items by date.

    The three most recent items were: (1) CoreFP.pkg (2) QuickTime755_Tiger.pkg and (3) SecUpd2008-005PPC.pkg.

    I don't know what the CoreFP.pkg is, but double-clicked it to see whether it was iTunes but it wasn't.

    Any other suggestions?
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,276 points)
    I only use Software Update to see what is needed, then get them for real via...


    That way I can wait a week or so, check the forums for potential problems, and get Permissions & such in order before installing.

    The usual reason why updates fail or mess things up, is if Permissions are not fixed before & after every update, with a reboot... you may get a partial update when the installer finds it doesn't have Permissions to change one obscure little part of the OS, leaving you with a mix of OS versions.

    Some people get away without Repairing Permissions for years, some for only days.

    If Permissions are wrong before applying an update, you could get mixed OS versions, if Directory is the slightest messed up, who knows!
  • Larry R. Level 2 (325 points)
    I used Software Update today to download (without installing) iTunes 8 and QuickTime 7.7.5. Five packages appeared in the Packages folder, all in the same spot (that is, on top of one another).

    In addition to QuickTime755_Tiger.pkg, there were CoreFP.pkg, iTunesX.pkg, iTunesAccess.pkg, and AppleMobileDeviceSupport.pkg, all four of which appear to be parts of the iTunes download.

    The three packages listed last above have the same names as packages previously downloaded, for previous iTunes versions. I previously changed the names of the prior packages after installing them, to reference the version numbers. If you didn't do that, the new packages may have replaced the older ones in your Packages folder.