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How to downgrade iTunes 11 to previous version 10.7

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  • MAW01 Calculating status...

    Mr. Joe,


    I am older and only use SL. 10.6.8.  I do not like the new itunes and want to convert back.  Will this work on SL? I have a TM backup, but do not know where these files are. 

    • AirTrafficHost.framework
    • CoreFP.framework
    • DeviceLink.framework
    • iTunesAccess.framework
    • MobileDevice.framework


    I have the 10.7 DMG file.


    I am not against erasing my hard drive, I have a Sl family pack, but would like to keep things simple.  I can migrate the whole TM over with the igration assistant too, but like I said I like your idea, just need some extra help.






  • vaiobum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    i have same problem with this, i trying to downgraded iTunes 11 to 10.7 and finally installed iTunes 10.7 but unfortunately  i did not expect that when i open the 10.7 was message said :

    "The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. Would you like to download iTunes now?"


    even i trying to cleaned up everything also doesn't help.

    Anything there to downgrade with no need roll back time machine?

  • Persian_1123 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I really wish apple would post tutorials on how to revert back to a previous version before they decide to screw all over us with what they think is "ground breaking". Good grief. Just like the new map app in iOS. Apple: if you're not going to survey people before releasing big updates, then at least have the decency to allow your customers to revert!

  • Joe Streno Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:15 PM (in response to MAW01)



    You should have no problem doing the same on 10.6.


    The files are located in


    Your HD>System>Library>PrivateFrameworks


    The easiest way to get to it:


    Hit Command + Shift + G on your keyboard, or go to the "Go" menu and select "Go To Folder ..."


    Copy this:




    And paste it into the dialog that pops up. This will open a window at the PrivateFrameworks folder.


    Once you are there you can run TimeMachine and replace the list of folders:


    • AirTrafficHost.framework
    • CoreFP.framework
    • DeviceLink.framework
    • iTunesAccess.framework
    • MobileDevice.framework


    Hope that helps you out.

  • blorvis Calculating status...

    After working on this problem for three hours, I managed to get iTunes 10.7 installed


    By combining suggestions from all over, the place (thanks everyone!,) this combination worked for me




    Uninstalling and Reinstalling ITunes


    iTunes Store


    12/3/12 7:23 AM




    Step 1:


    ·       Launch iTunes. 


    ·       Click “File” and select “Export Library” to save your iTunes library if necessary. 


    ·       Quit iTunes when you have finished exporting the library.


    Step 2:


    ·       Click “Finder” and select “Applications” from the left sidebar. 


    ·       Drag and drop the “iTunes” icon from the “Applications” folder to the “Trash” icon in your dock or on your desktop.


    Step 3:


    ·       Click “Go” in the “Finder” menu and select “Utilities.” 


    ·       Double-click “Activity Monitor,” select “iTunes Helper” and then click “Quit Process.”


    Step 4:


    ·       Click the “Apple” menu and select “System Preferences.” 


    ·       Click “Accounts” and then click the “Login Items” tab.


    ·       Click the “iTunes Helper” entry and then click the subtraction sign to remove it from the auto-start list.


    Step 5:


    ·       Restart your computer. 


    ·       After your Mac has restarted, right-click the “Trash” icon in your dock or on your desktop and select “Empty Trash.”


    Step 6:


    ·       Click “Finder,” select “Go” and then “Go to Folder.” 


    ·       Enter “~/Library/” in the text box and press “Enter.” 


    ·       Drag and drop the “iTunes” folder to the “Trash” icon.


    Step 7:


    ·       Double-click the “Preferences” folder and delete all files beginning with “” by dragging and dropping those files to the Trash.


    Step 8:


    ·       Double-click the “ByHost” folder and delete all files beginning with “” by dragging and dropping those files to the Trash.


    Step 9:


    ·       Right-click “Trash” and select “Empty Trash.”


    Step 10:


    ·    I got v.10.7 from another place (


    Step 11:


    ·       Download the version of iTunes you want to install on your Mac.


    Step 12:


    ·       Open your “Downloads” folder and double-click the iTunes installation file to install an old version of iTunes.


    Step 13:


    ·       Launch iTunes after installation is complete. 


    ·       Click “File” and select “Import.” 


    ·       Select the iTunes library file you exported previously to restore your iTunes library.




    If this happens...


    An unknown error occurred (–42408)




    Remove the SC Info folder


    If you are still unable to authorize your computer to play your purchases, you may be able to resolve your issue by removing the "SC Info" folder.  To do so, follow these steps:


    Mac OS X


    1.     Quit iTunes and any other open applications until only Finder is open.


    2.     Choose Go > Go to Folder.


    3.     Type /Users/Shared/SC Info and click Go.


    4.     If Finder is not already set to column view, set it by choosing View > as Columns.


    5.     Select the SC Info folder and move it to the Trash by choosing File > Move to Trash.


    6.     Restart the computer and open iTunes.


    7.     Authorize your computer to play your purchases.


    Note: If you have multiple accounts you will need to authorize your computer for each account.




    Then if this happens...


    “The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created with a newer version of iTunes”




    Close iTunes


    Go to your iTunes folder –– it's either under:


    ·       My Documents\My Music\iTunes\


    ·       \Users\username\Music\iTunes\


    (Make sure that it's right one by looking at the Time & Date of the FIle (should be the same, as the last time you closed iTunes)


    Drag the iTunes Library file from the above location to the Desktop.


    Open the Previous iTunes Libraries folder in the iTunes folder.


    Locate the file named iTunes Library YYYY-MM-DD where YYYY-MM-DD is the date you upgraded iTunes (Year-Month-Day).


    Drag this file to the iTunes folder (the enclosing folder).


    Rename this file to iTunes Library.


    Open iTunes.




    Using “import library” in iTunes, I then reinstalled my library from the day before I put in the new iTunes.


    (In my case, I used Time Machine)


    However, all of my playlists were wiped out


    Smarter folks than me can fill in the details, but this worked for me after all else failed.






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  • shieladixon Calculating status...

    Thanks so much for this Joe. I'd tried restoring my and library but had some strange symptoms (42808, failure to authorise, failure to play my purchased movies) - guess those frameworks made the difference, but would never have got there on my own.

  • Joe Streno Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    You are very welcome.

  • apjazz73 Calculating status...

    Thanks blorvis - clear instructions, worked perfectly for me. iTunes 11 was driving me nuts

  • curnal. Calculating status...

    have you got 10.7 back and are using a mac book pro ?

  • blorvis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm listening to it right now.

    All that I have is the Macbook (-Pro)

  • curnal. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 7:05 PM (in response to brzkr)

    can you make a tutorial showing how you done what you done thanks

  • curnal. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    how do you use pacifist

  • blorvis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Beyond what I've done, I'd have to use screen captures; and I'm not really equipped to do this.

    Maybe somebody out there?

  • blorvis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Never saw it; however, I AM a Pacifist – I can help you out there...

  • iamthehighway81 Calculating status...

    I cannot believe a feature that Steve Jobs always touted in his press conferences (" beautiful coverflow") was removed. I'm shocked. Now to find out how to downgrade to 10.7

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