downgrade from iTunes 12 to iTunes 11

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by aPple nErd, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
    Jailbreaks/IOS Hacks
    okay, I'm on 10.9.5 and pressed "ok" to the update prompt in iTunes without thinking about it. now my machine has iTunes 12 installed, and it looks awful in mavericks, and i don't like how it was rearranged. how can i go about downgrading to iTunes 11 without losing my music, and apps? I unfortunately don't have a backup of my machine from before i made the changes, so thats not an option. can someone please walk me through the steps to downgrade? thank you!
  2. Gochugogi macrumors regular


    Oct 27, 2013
    Sandwich Isles
    Thanks, I'll remember to skip that upgrade! I didn't care for the last couple either.

    Normally you can't install over the top of a newer app. I'm guessing you'll have to delete the current app, preferences and related library materials before running the old installer. Just be sure to have a clone of your drive at ready in case it goes terribly wrong.
  3. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I haven't upgraded my main machine to Yosemite but do plan to. And it looks like a downgrade to iTunes 11 will only work with Mavericks. So I don't see this for me. I personally think the layout choices in iTunes 12 are awful though I do welcome the Yosemite style interface changes. What I dislike is that instead of going to the iTunes store and changing from Movies to Music to Apps, is that you must make those changes at the far left in iTunes, choosing then whether to see your content or the store content. This is counter intuitive.
  4. Anitramane macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2013
    Remember, when updating to Mac Os 10.9.5 via The app store, remember to not press the top option since that one includes Itunes 12. Intsead select the Mac Os 10.9.5 standalone. That's how I did it.
  5. macnicol macrumors newbie


    Mar 1, 2006
    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” Change for change’s sake is not progress, it is just “job security” and egotistical “I can make it better” or “not invented here” attitudes.

    What was the objective in changing the 11.4 UI. What was the problem with 11.4’s UI? Who wrote the requirement description and who reviewed and approved it? Who did a cost benefit analysis for the coding, documentation, testing, and most important, user retraining? What user survey justified this change?

    Apple has abandoned its core, experienced, user base. These are not the teenagers, or even the twenty somethings. These are users who have been loyal Apple customers for the past 20 to 30 years and who have made Apple the leading company it is today. Yes, 30 years! I started with the Apple ][c!, the Lisa, and the original 1984 Mac 512. I’ve seen the changes in the OS from the beginning. Until Yosemite the OS and UI changes have been logical and evolutionary. Now someone had the brilliant idea to throw out 30 years of improvements and to force users to adopt their personal idea of a UI and to downgrade the Mac UI to a iPhone or iPad level. Why?

    Unfortunately Apple has lost its focus on UI just like MicroSoft when it decided to change the UI for its MS Office Suite and impacted millions of users who had invested 10s of millions of manhours in training and learning the UI. An established UI should NOT be changed just because some software engineer “thinks” his personal way is better. UIs must be undergo an extensive review and approval process BEFORE a single line of code is touched. Then it must be subjected to exhaustive beta testing by real world experienced users across a broad spectrum of applications. AND as a “backup” there should be an option for a user to invoke the old UI if he finds the new one so counter intuitive that he can’t be productive or effective.

    And, YES, the sidebar was an effective and efficient way to view and control your iTunes media.

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