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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Roll Back From iTunes 11


It used to be that if Apple rolled out an update for one of its products, I simply clicked the update button and assumed everything would be all puppy dogs and ice cream. That all changed after I updated to iTunes 11.

The new version of iTunes, which many media types claim is more polished and less busy than previous versions, is, in my opinion, just the opposite. Not only that, Apple ripped from iTunes some of the great features that users loved. Gone is cover flow - a feature that was highly touted when Apple introduced it IN 2006. Gone is the gapless playback editor - a tool that is helpful when ripping live shows or concept albums. My favorite feature was iTunes DJ. I even went as far as to purchase an Airport Express so I could stream music to my stereo. In conjunction with the remote app, my guests could log in to my library and request songs that would automatically be played. With DJ being removed and replaced with the lackluster Up Next feature, guests are out of luck unless I give them complete access (something I don't want to have to do).

A quick Google search indicates that I am not alone when it comes to my opinion of iTunes 11 and many people are looking for a painless way to revert back to iTunes 10.7. Fortunately, there's a way - an easy way - and thanks to an Apple Support Forum member called turingtest2, it's easily explained.

Per turingtest2's instructions (Note - this is for Windows 7):

1. First download a copy of iTunes 10.7 here. (Get it while the link lasts!)

2. Uninstall iTunes 11 and the following supporting applications: Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support. touringtest2 recommends uninstalling Bonjour as well but since my version was not modified with the iTunes 11 update, I left it untouched. Reboot your machine.

3. Find the file "itunesLibrary.itl" in your My Music\iTunes folder. Rename it something like "iTunesLibrary_old.itl."

4. Navigate to the My Music\iTunes\Previous iTunes Libraries folder and find the most recent iTunes library back up. Copy that file to the My Music \ iTunes folder and rename it "iTunesLibrary.itl." See the image on touringtest2's post.

5. Install iTunes 10.7. Your library (music, apps, etc.) should all be right where you left them (save for any recent updates).

I followed these instructions fully expecting a three hour headache caused by "can't find this file" and "can't open that file." Not the case. The roll back seemed to go off without a hitch.

if you're like me, and want to get back to iTunes 10.7, follow touringtest2's instructions and you'll be back to cover flow and iTunes DJ in no time.

28 comments:

  1. Hi, I followed these instructions to rollback from the disastrous ITunes 11 and they worked spot on first time. Thanks for a clear guide on this. Appreciated.

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  2. hey, man. it worked perfectly. thanks for the help!

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  3. Just going to add - if you don't have an old iTunes library, BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING export all your playlists to .M3U format. They won't be deleted with the library. They will be restored when the new library loads.

    (It also helps if you keep an organized library in one place, but maybe this is the time to do that for those who have their folders everywhere.)

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  4. Thank you!...it worked perfectly!!!...I am definitely not a fan of iTunes 11

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  5. Thanks for this! It worked perfect for me. I did lose recent updates to my library, but small price to pay to get back Itunes DJ.

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  6. Thank you sooooo much for this. It worked perfectly!! I don't know what Apple was thinking with iTunes 11???

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  7. Trying to get my old itunes back. Thanks for the help!
    Going to get on it tonight. Hope all goes as well as others have reported.
    I cannot believe how off track Apple has become.

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  8. Thanks for this. Looks like Apple went with form over function on Itunes 11.

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  9. Hi
    Thanks rolled back to 10.7
    Regards
    South Africa

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  10. Worked perfectly following your instructions.
    Thank you very much.

    RR
    In Mauritius

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  11. Sorted, thanks for that. Easy even for a novice like me to do. Runs quicker already. Although no more home videos tab which is a shame. Worth rolling back though!

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  12. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Worked perfectly!

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  13. Thank you for this -- Don't know why they got rid of cover flow, its the best bit!

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  14. Thanks. I only looked at iTunes once after updating and was on an immediate search on how to roll back. Going to keep this installer wrapped in cotton wool for future use.

    Kev

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  15. Thank you - it worked!

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  16. Thanks for the help..worked brilliantly...my god i hated 11..so good to get 10.7 back on !!

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  17. will this process also work on XP or only for Windows7? I have XP...and OMG am I ever Pisssssssed!!

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  18. I'm not sure about XP. I would imagine it would work. It's pretty clear that Apple's "upgrade" to iTunes 11 has not been well received. I'm glad those of you who have found this post are happy with the results.

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  19. Thanks it worked..simple easy instructions

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  20. Thank you ... I was shocked with 11 (they can go and %*§$ themselves) I hate those bossy people. Everything worked so so fine.

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  21. Thank you very much for this. It worked with Vista. Now to try it on the Dell from Hell laptop.

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  22. Link is still working! Thanks so much. Successful for Win 7/64 bit. :)

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  23. Thanks for this!! so much better

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  24. After two months of cursing ver. 11 I finally switch back without problems. Thank you!

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  25. Thank you very much. Accidently updated itunes and only kept it for under one hour. Like other posters said, your explanation was easy to follow. Following your explanation, it took mere minutes to downgrade. Much appreciated.

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  26. Hiya,

    Thank you so much! That was easy to follow and quick to do. Brilliant. It took me about 30 seconds of using iTunes 11 to realise that I'd made a horrible mistake!

    David

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