Also: Why does the App Store tell me there's no update when iTunes tells me there is?
Nothing in iTunes points the user to the iTunes site pn Apple.com for a download - http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/
When I go to iTunes\Check For Updates on the iTunes pull-down menu, it tells me there's an 11.1.4 update. When I select the download button, it opens the App Store app, and that shows no updates available.
When I go to the Apple website - http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ - It will allow me to download iTunes 11.1.4.
My question is this: Is this update recommended or not? I'm on a mid-2010 iMac running iTunes 11.1 on Mac OS 10.9.1.
The 11.1.4 update has been problematical for some folks running Windows, and at least one person running iTunes for Mac has noticed that the Wish List is gone in 11.1.4.
For my part, I no longer implicitly trust ANY software update, including those issued by Apple. I'm unwilling to install any update unless I have the installer for the previous version so I can roll back an installation that doesn't work, or that breaks something else.
Unfortunately, that strategy has become increasingly untenable with so many applications now using the App Store, which installs updates directly, and leaves you without an installer. It's also problematical for some applications (like iTunes and iPhoto) that reconfigure your data libraries so that they won't work with previous versions of the application.
I suppose the App Store approach would be OK if everything always worked. But meanwhile, back in the real world, it's not a very smart approach to system configuration management.
So, here's an alternative strategy. If you have a bootable backup drive, boot from that, run the installer, and test iTunes. If it works there it will work on your primary boot volume.
If you don't have a bootable backup drive, you should seriously consider it. I've lost count of the number of times it has saved me from disaster.
i don't remember whether I went to Apple's main site and downloaded 11.1.4 bfopre I rebooted. I may have. I didn't install it but it was sitting in my downloads folder. Perhaps the App store "knew" that I'd already downloaded it. Not sure if the App Store would have shown the 11.1.4. update after the reboot I did if that .dmg file wasn't in the downloads folder.
It's odd though that when checking whether you need an update, the App Store software wouldn't just look at what version the iTunes app is in your Applications folder before it tells you you need an update. What would it be looking at if not the version number of iTunes in your Applications folder?
I just sent Apple a bug report on the software update process for iTunes 11.1.4