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Downgrade iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7

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vaiobum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 2, 2012 6:22 PM

Hey Everyone...

Anyone know how to upgrading iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7for mac? i trying googling are seems complicated way for me.

i tried to removed iTunes 11 and installed iTunes 10.7, but when i tring to open/running, there is 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?"

How could i replace that again?


Unfortunately i couldn't enjoy much iTunes 11. Not really worthy for me . I regretted to do it as much better and simple for iTunes 10.


So, thank you for help!

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), New iPad, iPod Classic, iPhone 3Gs
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:17 PM (in response to vaiobum)

    =Downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7=


    You may be able to go back with Time Machine but this may involve restoring other items too (  Alternatively:


    Back up your computer first, in case the unexpected happens.


    Get iTunes 10.7 from or the direct download link at:


    Replace the iTunes 11 application with iTunes 10.7.  Lion (OSX 10.7) and newer systems have iTunes integrated into the operating system and deleting is a bit more involved.  The two ways I can think of to do this are:


    1.  Use the shareware Pacifist utility ( to install iTunes 10.7 including all associated system files. Details at


    2. Check this reference on how to delete the iTunes application itself:


    Delete iTunes in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion -


    After deleting the application there may be other files that need downgrading too. See the note about error -42408 at the end of this post. You may want to tuck these away somewhere safe until you have completed the installation of iTunes 10.7.  I have not tested this but ideally if newer versions are not found then the installer will put in the old versions. This may include these files in /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/ which apparently get updated by iTunes 11:




    After doing one of the two procedures above you will have to rescue your old iTunes library from your iTunes > Previous Libraries folder and rename it "iTunes Library.itl" (replacing the existing one in the iTunes folder) because a newer version of iTunes irreversibly updates your library file. Note, this will revert your library to version at the time of the upgrade and you will have to update any changes made since.  See:

  - turingtest2 11/2012 post on rebuilding empty/corrupt library from previous iTunes library file after upgrade/crash.


    iTunes: How to re-create your iTunes library and playlists -


    Other issues: - solution to mobile devices saying they need to be restored after downgrading


    If you encounter error -42408:


    iTunes: Advanced iTunes Store troubleshooting - > Specific Conditions and Alert Messages: (Mac OS X / Windows) - including specific error codes.


    Alternatively, check which requires you have a Time Machine backup (though possibly if you remove the newer version of these files old ones may be installed with the iTunes 10.7 installer - untested).  A  variant of this is at:

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (36,585 points)
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    Dec 2, 2012 8:26 PM (in response to vaiobum)

    Yes, that's about what four fifths of my previous post was about.

  • revjmark Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:46 AM (in response to Limnos)

    Many thnbaks - iTunes 11's search capabilities really bugged me. Wanted 10 back - many thanks for the step by step.



  • rayleekp Calculating status...
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    Dec 6, 2012 6:52 AM (in response to vaiobum)

    Did the step by step guide and managed to get iTunes 10 back but every time I open it it says to download the latest version and if I click on not now, iTunes doesn't open!

  • Ocean Digital Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 14, 2013 11:28 AM (in response to vaiobum)

    I simplified the many threads and comments into one quick tutorial:

    How To Downgrade iTunes 11 to 10.7 on OSX



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