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MyMac8MyPC Level 4 Level 4 (1,450 points)

I really love the way that the new iTunes 11 looks, but is there any way to change the font?

  • Alfuken Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    There is no easy way to do this, but...

    1. open
    2. type: "open /Applications/"
    3. type (in terminal again): "chown `whoami` TextStyles.plist"
    4. in opened folder find file: "TextStyles.plist"
    5. replace all occurences of "HelveticaNueve" with "LucidaGrande" (font in iTunes 10)
    6. save
    7. restart iTunes
  • MyMac8MyPC Level 4 Level 4 (1,450 points)

    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.

  • MyMac8MyPC Level 4 Level 4 (1,450 points)

    Xcode worked but unfortunately it doesn't appear that TextStyles.plist is the right file.


    Under "Key' it just list numbers, and under Type it just says Dictionary

  • Alfuken Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Open that file in any text editor (TextMate, Coda, SublimeText2) and use "search and replace" - it's just an XML file inside.

  • Gnarlodious Level 4 Level 4 (3,220 points)

    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:


    cd /Applications/

    cat English.lproj/TextStyles.plist


    sudo chown $USER English.lproj

    sudo chown $USER English.lproj/TextStyles.plist

    cp English.lproj/TextStyles.plist English.lproj/TextStyles.orig


    Quit iTunes


    Now edit the file:


    open -a English.lproj/TextStyles.plist


    Change every occurrence of "HelveticaNeue" to "LucidaGrande"


    Save the file.


    Launch iTunes

  • lambertd Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    I’m afraid that will change all instances of HelveticaNeue-Medium to LucidaGrande-Medium, which does not exist.

  • Andrew Olshevsky Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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: (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:

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    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

  • Gnarlodious Level 4 Level 4 (3,220 points)

    Has anyone figured out how to adjust the size of the search field font? It appears to be Helvetica 14 and is super hard to read on my Thunderbolt display.

  • maze2000wi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a LOT for this! My iTunes now looks WAY better - and more mac-like, actually.



  • Werner Goldbach Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    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.

  • Nancy Reid1 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Thank you so much Alfuken and Andrew!! Now I can use iTunes without cringing!

  • SirHaakon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    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.

  • andr nimm Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

    Wicked. Really helps!


    Helvetica looks great on mobile, but Lucida rules for desktop and is just WAY better for legibility of these long playlists.

  • catsmeowgh Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Is there a way to change the font size in the itunes store?


    Thank you



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