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.