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Discussion in 'Mac Applications and Mac App Store' started by N10248, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. N10248, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    Having gone back to 10.7 from 11, I like many people are getting this message on launch and can't play any bought content.

    I'm not going to use 11 and would rather use 10.7 in this state that that.

    So who can resolve this without Time Machine or formatting, I have another Mac with iTunes 10.7 so can easily copy old frameworks across.

    Also nothing in your user folder is causing it as it happens on a newly made user account too, so it must be a changed framework in the System or Library folders.
  2. macrumors 603


    You should find an answer here http://http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1498777
  3. macrumors 6502a


  4. macrumors newbie

    Bump- having the same issue.

    I removed iTunes 11 + all support files from my system, including plist and the SC folder from shared. I reinstall 10.7 from the dmg fixed permissions, and it shows it in Disk Utility's details as fixing iTunes.

    I tried using one of the previous iTunes libraries, so it doesn't have the conversion problem. Get this error message

    I try to create a new library folder and this error message pops up. I'm guessing that once upgraded, your iTunes store account is now forced to connect to iTunes 11, as it's been notified of a change.

    I see no way out of this.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    I don't think its altered as my old iMac with untouched 10.7 is fine.

    If I cant solve it I'll back up my stuff and reinstall Snow Leopard when i'm not too busy.
  6. bogoss, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    After hours... this finally worked out! BUT, perform at your own risk, I was told it could possibly do some harm...

    EXACTLY what I did:

    1, uninstall itunes 11 using AppZapper

    2, download 10.7 from this link http://appldnld.apple.com/iTunes10/041-7195.20120912.d3uzQ/iTunes10.7.dmg download pacifist as well: http://www.charlessoft.com/

    3, open the 10.7 dmg file, you will see the pkg file(usally double click to install), but this time drag it out somewhere.

    4, launch pacifist

    5, drag the pkg file to pacifist and the click install from the menu bar

    6, during installation, click replace everytime a window popping out (this is the key i reckon, something that can't be removed during uninstallation will be replaced by 10.7 completely thanks to pacifist)

    7, installation finished, iTunes 10.7 comes back!


    many people are using this process to downgrade without knowing that the iTunes library also needs to be recovered, so I am adding this too thanks to jasko at post #22

    basically you need to recover your latest iTunes library which was created by iTunes 10, by using previous iTunes libraries or from time machine.

  7. N10248, Nov 30, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    You cracked it, Now go and spread the news....

    I just deleted 11 without app zapper etc, followed the rest, and back workin

    If you didn't deautherise your accounts before this itunes will ask for password when you try to play a video but will then say already autherised and then work fine - In other words i didn't waste an activation.

    Attached Files:

  8. macrumors newbie

    Oh I did, but apple.com removed my post earlier, what a group of bastard.

    anyway, not many search result about 42408, so people should be directed to here :)


    and oh, thanks for the cookie, my screen is getting wet from me licking....
  9. macrumors newbie

    You have saved the day. Thank you!
  10. macrumors newbie

    Restore Library

    Now can someone please explain to me how to preserve your library, playlist, etc. throughout this process?
  11. macrumors newbie

    import from here, it's the iTunes folder previously created iTunes in your Music folder

    Attached Files:

  12. macrumors newbie

    Thanks bogoss!!!

    Saved my day!!! :)
  13. macrumors newbie

    Thanks bogoss. Works perfectly so far.
  14. jasko, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    I keep getting "The file “iTunes Library.itl” cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of iTunes. Would you like to download iTunes now?"

    Only gives me an option to Quit or Download iTunes. How do I avoid this?

    EDIT: Nevermind. Watched a tutorial on YouTube. Thanks bogoss! F iTunes 11. I need my coverflow.
  15. ProConArt, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Sorry, you want me to replace the itl file, or the entire itunes folder.

    nvm i got it all figured out u have to save ur entire itunes folder and then replace the new itl file with the old one in the previous itunes libraries.
  16. macrumors member

    Big thanks bogoss !

    what a piece of crappy software they send to my computer. :mad:
  17. macrumors newbie


    I just registered on MacRumors to say thanks to you. :)

    Damn apple, it seems that once you go up the only way is down, and all this really bad quality control is slowly, but strongly, frustrating many many people.

    thanks again bogoss. More cookies and hugs!
  18. macrumors member


    Thank You! Finally got that garbage (iTunes 11) removed from my computer.... And to think, I was so excited for this new release of iTunes. :rolleyes:
  19. macrumors newbie

    thanks folks,
    never used pacifist before, after thousands of reading and install reinstall I realized it might be the only way to save me so had to try it out to get rid of that beautiful piece of rubbish of iTunes 11 :) as much as I love the artwork and thingy, I knew it could be for many people a matter of time to realize how inconvenient and impractical the new iTunes 11 is to use as a music player(but it's a perfect artwork displayer, as long as you don't shuffle or play your own playlists, who doesn't though?)

    Anyway glad I am not the only one and it worked out for all of you too! :) and make sure you uncheck the "check for updates automatically" from the preference... :)
  20. macrumors newbie

    Could you post a link to the video?? I need my cover flow too, and there is literally NO WAY I am going to use iTunes 11.
  21. DIEDI, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Ok did all this but pacifist has all commands greyed out. : This is nightmare. :(

    I have just installed mountain lion so I do have a backup of my whole system. .

    I'm just not that good at all this stuff. :(

    Well I now have iTunes 10.7 back , no error message, most of my music. But I'll be damned if i know how I did it. I'll try and work it out. Didn't use pacifist in the end.
  22. macrumors 6502


    Well, I followed instructions from the post, then followed this videos instructions after:

  23. macdoofus, Dec 2, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macrumors member

    all of the above, a few twist, but it's all there. Worked! The Vid really got me to the finish line. Many thanks! edit started with bogoss post # 6, end jasko vid post #22 DONE:D Many thanks to those behind the original the instruction.

    edit: I didn't use bogoss step #1. I simply deleted iTunes. I will credit the steps and also Pacifist. I also used Onyx (Os X maintenance routines, etc) to do whatever it does. It all worked. Yay!


    thanks bogoss
  24. macrumors newbie

    You guys are freaking awesome!!!! Thank you so much for getting me back to 10.7, I'm not the most techy person so I'd be stuck in the nightmare of iT11 if it wasn't for you. Muchas gracias indeed.
  25. macrumors regular


    Worked for me, thanks so much.
    Because iTunes 10.7 was giving me an error message (this itunes library was created with a newer version...) I also had to do one additional step which was to restore the archived itunes library file as explained here:


    Coverflow is restored. Cheers apple. That's one hour of my life I won't be getting back.

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