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  • Paul Richards4 Level 1 (75 points)

    thanks steve but i just used the process described by double-ohh7 above, and it worked fine on my MacMini. It doesn't involve AppZapper, TimeMachine or a manual backup.

    I'm ready to use the same process for my new iMac, but there isn't a 'previous iTunes Library' folder, so i'm just woindering if i can copy the file across from my mac mini (as suggested by double-ohh7 above).

    they are essentially the same library because i copied it across from the MacMini a week ago when i got the iMac, and they both continue to sync via the cloud.


    shalkl i risk it? what can go wrong?!!!

  • Steve Taylor1 Level 5 (4,670 points)

    Yes you camn copy it over.


    If you just want content thn copy the iTunes Media Folder.


    If you want your playlists, ratings etc


    Copy the folder higher up  iTunes


    Paste into the same place on imac


    If it all went completely wrong you always have the backup copy on the Mac Mini

  • Alexander Saggers Level 1 (5 points)

    It's shameful that I had to come online just to find out it was that simple to get iTunes back to how I wanted it. iTunes should be easy to use out of the box, not this protracted labyrinth of drop-downs and hidden menus.


    Thanks for the tip though mate.



  • Paul Richards4 Level 1 (75 points)


    job done!

    thanks very much to double_ohh7, Drew Reece, and Rustyintegrale (would that be a Lancia?!)

    i'm back in the land of coverflow, separate windows, artwork that opens, and sensible sorting...


    apple have done a lot of damage here though. i used to faithfully download every new upgrade for everything, the second it came out

    ... but not any more.    the element of trust has gone.

  • mgod99 Level 1 (0 points)

    This thread gives me cause for optimism. But when I try to run Pacifist, I get this message:


    Sorry, one or more of the following command-line tools was not found:


    /usr/bin/lsbom, /bin/pax, /bin/mkdir, /bin/chmod, or /usr/bin/update_prebinding.


    These tools are required to run this program. Check to see that they are all present on your system.



  • mgod99 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just realized I probably can't do this. I was having hardware trouble with the 500 GB HD I use for Time Machine, so wiped it to start again. So I likely have no earlier iTunes library file.




    Actually, I might. I have .itl files from Jan and March 2012.

  • lizafromoh Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm pretty lame about being proactive so how do I know which file is the one before I was forced to get iTunes 11 because I have had it for awhile but never do much with it.

  • carboncanyon Level 1 (15 points)

    Paul, just double checking with you that the Pacifist technique and a .itl file from another Mac's iTunes 10.7 library will work to replace 11 on a brand new Mac -? I need to get a new computer very soon and very much want to retain the functions of 10.7 on the new machine. Should I back-up the system at least once with 11 on it just in case?

  • Paul Richards4 Level 1 (75 points)

    Hi CC - you're asking the wrong person - double_ohh7, Drew Reece, and Rustyintegrale seem to be the experts and hopefully one of them will step in to help..

    in the meantime, -

    i installed 10.7 on my new iMac, and quickly upgraded to 11. .. hated it so i copied the .itl file from my old macmini, and used that in the method described in the link posted by double_ohh7, further up this thread.

    everything worked fine.

    i guess that a backup of your new machine with 11 would be a good idea, though only if the procedure goes wrong for some reason (like a power cut!)

    i'd suggest that you make a list (perhaps a smart playlist) of any songs added since you started using 11, as you will lose the link to them, but you'll be able to re-download them from the iTunes store IF you know what they are!


    good luck



  • carboncanyon Level 1 (15 points)

    Oh, so, your new iMac came with 10.7? That's my concern, that machines that ship with 11 won't "revert" to 10.7 for some reason. The person I chatted with from the Apple Store told me that the newish Minis are shipping with 11, unfortunately.

  • Paul Richards4 Level 1 (75 points)

    my mac mini is about three years old. i think i upgraded that to iTunes11 in December, regretted it immediately and took it back to 10.7 before christmas.


    i'm really not sure whether my new iMac (ordered last September but didn't arrive til mid January due to manufacturing delays) arrived with iTunes10 or iTunes11 - but the important thing as far as you are concerned is that both my MacMini AND my new iMac are now both running iTunes 10.7, having used the .itl file from my MacMini in the downgrade process


    good luck!

  • Henry Chan Level 1 (0 points)

    I am not sure about that.

  • dartohspuki Level 1 (0 points)

    I tried but failed to get 10.7 to load with a message stating the itl file was from a newer version of itunes. Should I copy an older itl file to the desktop and retry it?  Thanks

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