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i'm trying to change the ugly new itunes icon

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Paulshaqz, Sep 2, 2010.

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    i found the icon i want to use by copying and pasteing the one i want to use, but for some reason i can't paste it over the ugly new one i tryed command v and still won't let me, so how can i fix this?
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    Open your apps folder and select itunes. Right click, and select Show Package Contents. Open Contents, then Resources, then find iTunes.icns. Replace that file with your desired icon, making sure to rename it iTunes.icns. Close all the windows and you're done!

    Edit: It has to be in .icns format, so if it's a jpg or png then you'll have to save it as .icns.
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    The new icon looks like iStock Photo... IMHO 7 had the best looking logo :cool:
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    Unfortunately, this simply does not work. Mac Pro 2008, OS X 10.6.4. Anyone know why?
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    Could you post a screenshot of your iTunes' Resources folder, with the iTunes.icns icon in the shot plz? That would answer a few questions.
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    That's odd...have you restarted your comp since changing the icon? You shouldn't have to do that, but who knows. I can't imagine what's causing that.
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    yeah, restarted twice, tried replacing iTunes.icns, as well as deleting the current icon and putting in the one I want. Did a time machine restore for the iTunes app and tried replacing the icon again, no luck.
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    The only thing I can think of is clearing your icon cache. There has to be a way to do it manually, but I don't know how. There are some apps that can do it, such as Snow Leopard Cache Cleaner, OnyX, MacPilot and others. If this doesn't work...I give up.
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    Thanks for your help and advice... I'll fiddle with it a little more this weekend, if that won't work I'll just accept defeat.
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    Open the Applications folder, then Cmd+I on the ITunes icon. Click the lock in the lower right hand corner and enter your password. Give the Everyone group Read & Write access, then follow the instructions above. Once you've changed your icon, change your permissions back.
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    Good call, but I tried this just now and it didn't work. I'm guessing there must be something corrupt with the green iTunes icon I am trying to use since it's causing so much trouble.
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    Even with permissions changed, still doesn't work

    I've followed all the directions, even changing the permissions first so it's not read-only, but when I copy a new .icns file to replace the old one it just shows a default ICNS filetype icon instead of the real icon. So now I'm left with something even uglier than the iTunes 10 icon! I can't even change it back to the original iTunes 10 icons which I backed up--it shows the ICNS filetype icon as well.

    Any idea why the icon is not showing properly? I've attached a screenshot as well as the icon I'm trying to use.

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  15. macrumors newbie

    Hi Benek, you're not the only one having trouble replacing the new iTunes icon.

    I wrote an article about it and recorded a step-by-step video to help you out. You can find it here:


    If you have any questions or trouble with it, post a reply here and I'll be happy to answer questions.

    A .icns file is more of an icon container than an actual icon. So, when you copied-and-pasted the .icns file, OS X didn't see it as an icon but as the container for icons. Confusing, I know. The real trick is to find a regular image. In my article above, I list my favorite 8 sample icons for quick copying-and-pasting.

    If you'd like an icon out of the .icns file that you have... open it in Preview and Save the enclosed icon as a PNG image. Then, open that PNG image up in Preview. Copy-and-paste it overtop of your iTunes icon and it will work. However, this is pretty complicated and if you use one of the icons that I've found or find your own on one of the icon search engine sites that I listed in the article, you'll have a much easier time of it.

    martynyca: Thank-you! If you enjoyed the article and found it helpful, I sure would appreciate a retweet of this update on Twitter so that other folks can find it too: http://twitter.com/RobIsIT/status/22938916975
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    Hey Rob. I actually did try your instructions and had the same problem. I think I tried both the PNG and ICNS versions of the image already and neither worked. I'll run through the whole thing again and see if I have better luck.

    **** edit ****

    Rob you're awesome. It was the ICNS file that was the problem. I opened the PNG version and copied to clipboard and it worked fine. This is odd because I read on another site that it had to be an INCS file, so there's some conflicting info going around.

    Just for other people having this problem, you don't have to go through all the steps outlined by Rob in his tutorial if you don't want to deal with the terminal and all that. You simple have to "get info" on iTunes, unlock the little lock on bottom right, and change everyone to have read and write permissions. That will allow you to change the icon and then you can put the permissions back after you're done.
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    I really don't like the new logo either.

    It immediately struck me as dated and boring... two things I usually don't associate with Apple's design.

    I'd love to see the ideas that didn't make the final cut.

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