11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 30, 2013 5:32 PM by ferrarabrainpan
BaboonLoveMonkey Level 1 Level 1

Luckily I installed iTunes 11 in Windows first (I keep my main library in OSX, and use my iPod classic to listen to my music and podcasts while dual booted into Windows) so I've not FUBARed my main iTunes install and library, but I'm still concerned I may run into issues downgrading this copy in Windows XP. The only local content are some Windows only game podcasts I only listen to while in Windows, so I don't mind if I have to lose my tiny iTunes for Windows library. So has anyone downgraded to see if there are any issues beyond one's library being changed by 11?

 

TIA,

Jamie Kahn Genet


Mid-2007 24, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 500GB HD, 4GB RAM
Reply by peterfrombath on Dec 4, 2012 9:53 AM Helpful

I had no problems downgrading especially if you backedup just before you upgraded.  You will need to drag the itl file out of where it resides and use your last backup itl file renaming it to the file you dragged away or you will get a message that the library was created in a later version of itunes when you start itunes after down grading.

 

Peter Rowan 

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  • peterfrombath Level 1 Level 1

    I had no problems downgrading especially if you backedup just before you upgraded.  You will need to drag the itl file out of where it resides and use your last backup itl file renaming it to the file you dragged away or you will get a message that the library was created in a later version of itunes when you start itunes after down grading.

     

    Peter Rowan 

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10

    Before you attempt to downgrade, go to the View menu and select "Show Sidebar", if you haven't already. That restores the GUI in iTunes 11 to substantially the same as in previous versions, though some features such as Cover Flow are gone. It might be enough to satisfy your needs, though.

     

    Regards.

  • BaboonLoveMonkey Level 1 Level 1

    I could see the sidebar. That wasn't the problem, and it's an obvious one to solve in the view menu. Though iTunes 11 did not hide the sidebar. It at least respected my settings from v10 in that regard. Did it not for you?

     

    No, the reasons for my now sucessful downgrade (I ended up uninstalling v11, restoring my iTunes library and prefs, then installing v10.7) are primarily that a) I could see far fewer of my media in the same space, b) that my iPod's content was segregated from the sidebar, and c) the missing features such as iTunes DJ.

  • Beveridge 07 Level 1 Level 1

    hi. i was wondering if you could explain this to me. this was the problem i had when i tied to downgrade. (libuary was created with a newer ver) what is the itl file etc?

     

    cheers

  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9

    What are the iTunes library files? - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1660

     

    More on iTunes library files and what they do - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ITunes#Media_management

     

    What are all those iTunes files? - http://www.macworld.com/article/139974/2009/04/itunes_files.html

  • BaboonLoveMonkey Level 1 Level 1

    Specifically I restored:

    settings\user\Application Data\Apple\iTunes (note 'settings\user\Application Data' is hidden in Windows Explorer by default)

    settings\user\Application Data\Apple\Preferences

    settings\user\My Documents\My Music\iTunes

     

    This was overkill on my part, but I wanted to ensure I'd have exactly the iTunes library and settings I had right before upgrading to iTunes 11. I suspect you could simply reinstall iTunes 10.7 and load the backup of the library that iTunes makes for you in 'settings\user\My Documents\My Music\iTunes\Previous iTunes Libraries'. But I've not tested that, and given I backup daily, it was easy to simply restore all the above after uninstalling iTunes 11, and before reinstalling v10.7.

     

    Good luck.

  • peterfrombath Level 1 Level 1

    Loading the most recent backup from My Music\iTunes\Previous iTunes Libraries' is just what I did and it works fine.Search for iTtunes Library.itl in windows search. Go to that directory. Drag to the desk top anywhere else out of that directory that file and the Itunes Music Library.xml. Go to Previous Itunes Libraries and copy the most recent itl file to where the Itl file was you dragged away and rename it iTtunes Library.itl.  Start Itunes 10.7 and you are there.

     

    Peter Rowan

  • TylerAllen86 Level 1 Level 1

    Easier Method:

    Quit iTunes

    Navigate to /Applications and locate iTunes app

    Select iTunes and hit Command+i to “Get Info” on the application

    Click on the Arrow next to “Sharing & Permissions” to reveal the access panel

    Click on the lock icon and authenticate with your A PW!Under “Privilege” set both instances of “everyone” to “Read & Write”

    Launch the Terminal (located in /Applications/Utilities/

    Type the following commands to kill iTunes

    :killall iTunes

    Now kill the Helper process

    :killall "iTunes Helper"

    Now to delete the actual application, use this command

    :sudo rm -rf /Applications/iTunes.app/

    Now go to itunes media folder a replace iTunes library.til

    with you should see a folder called Previous iTunes Libraries

    inside is your library pre-upgrade! Rename / Copy / Replace

    (If your an iphone user you will have to restore phone before sync)


  • Limnos Level 9 Level 9

    Are those the instructions for Windows too (the forum on which this was posted)?  All that bit about /Applications and "Terminal" make this sound like iTunes for Mac.

     

    Now go to itunes media folder a replace iTunes library.til

    If you're going to post directions you need to be precise.  The library file is not in the media folder, it is in the iTunes folder.  The file extension isn't .til, it's .itl

  • TylerAllen86 Level 1 Level 1

    My bad! It is for mac. This article is for windows.

    http://www.macworld.co.uk/mac/news/?newsid=3414579&pagtype=allchandate

  • ferrarabrainpan Level 1 Level 1

    I just downgraded to version 10.7 and although it was a bother having to reimport all the songs and redo all the playlists I'd done since installing 11, it was worth it. Yay, now I can enjoy working in iTunes again!

     

    Everyone Downgrade Now!

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20757718#20757718

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20515866#20515866