Ok...THIS WORKS AND IT"S REALLY, REALLY SIMPLE!! No need to go to risky operations or fiddle too much under the hood, as suggested by some.
Note, this only works in this order...and if you have a recent Time Machine backup.
1. Backup your Itunes folder (I had no problems with this, but always better safe than sorry!).
2. Downlaod Itunes 10.7 from here: http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes10/041-7195.20120912.d3uzQ/iTunes10.7.dmg . Don't open it, just leave it in your downlaods folder.
2. Enter Time Machine. Go to your last backup and click on the 'Applications' folder. Find Itunes. Click on restore. Enter your admistrator password, if neccessary. This won't replace it but for some reason, it allows you to install 10.7.
3. Install Itunes 10.7
4. When you try and open it, Itunes will say it can't acsess your libabry becase "Itunes Libary.itl was created by a newer version of Itunes". Quit Itunes.
5. Go back into Time Machine and go into, not your last backup, but the one before that (i.e. two back from today). Go into Your name / Music / Itunes. Select "Itunes Libary.itl". Click on restore.
HAPPYY DAAAYS...no more ITUNES 11!!
Without a doubt the worst update Apple have ever put out, please Apple....no more like this!!
I hate HATE passionately hate iTunes 11. There is no way to revert to the old version. I've asked everyone and anyone at Apple. I would really like get more people to complain about it, so that they could fix something that did not need fixing in the first place. It is not like Apple to design something in such a horrible way. Please send them more messages about it. Just need to add one more HATE in case did not make myself clear before.
Do you have a backup of your Itunes folder from before you upgraded to Itunes 11?
If so, keep that safe in a separate location and move your existing Itunes folder to desktop. Then follow these steps to revert back to Itunes 10.7 (full credit to owenfromoos). You can see the original post here: https://discussions.apple.com/message/21499140#21499140
- Download the installer of iTunes 10.7 (see above)
- Download Pacifist
- Close iTunes 11
- Drag the iTunes 10.7 installer in Pacifist + install the package
- Always hit the "replace"-button whenever Pacifist asks for it
- Don't open iTunes yet
- Browse to your iTunes Music folder and move the "iTunes Library.itl" to your desktop
- Go to the folder "Previous iTunes Libraries"
- Copy the file of the library from the day when you updated to iTunes 11 to your iTunes Music folder and rename it to "iTunes Library.itl"
- Launch iTunes and be amazed it worked
I've tried every other way you can think of....this is the only way that works without completly messing up Itunes!
Don't bother with my suggestion above....it works for a while but it messes up all sorts of things (such as being able to connect an external device like an Iphone or Ipod).
Reverting to 10.7 has not posed any difficulty for me. My iPods and iPhone all work as expected. I downgraded in early Dec 2012.
Does this keep everything in your library that was in iTunes 11? Or does it replace the library with an empty new one, and you then need to go find the previous iTunes library ?
You'll need to restore your previous iTunes 10.7 library and then reimport your additions that you made in iTunes 11. DRM-protected media will need to be unlocked again (using your iTunes ID/password). Beyond that, I did not have any ill effects.
I have Time Machine...Backing up everything. Not sure when I "upgraded" to iTunes 11, I'll have to go look around in the Time Machine backups then look at the dates I added stuff since.
And BertieTBE, did your iPhone and iPod connect issues go away? I have 3 iPods, an iPhone and an iPad that I sync and backup to my iMac.
I'll throw my disdain for v 11 in here as I have elsewhere. But, here's my question:
Will all that I have added since the upgrade to 11 be in the iTunes If I revert back to v10?
I believe the answer will be, "No." This then becomes a huge issue for me, with all that has been added since, as most has been purchased online and directly added to iTunes 11.
So, if the answer is "No, they won't be there," are there any suggestions for getting them out of the v11 database?
What I did (worked perfectly): Locate the date of the file that iTunes 10.7 CAN open. Create a playlist of everything added since that date. Export it. When you revert back to 10.7, import that playlist. All your adds should appear, along with your comments, ratings, and artwork. The only thing you'll lose is the "date added".
This is presuming you don't move any files around - the exported playlist will reference songs on your hard drive, you want the file paths to remain in place so iTunes can find the songs when you import them.
Good luck !