How do I downgrade from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Nerdy Keith, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. Nerdy Keith macrumors member

    Nerdy Keith

    Jun 5, 2012
    Dublin, Ireland
    Sorry for the people that like this new version of iTunes, but I don't like it at all. While it has some new interesting features and a newer look; it took away the cover flow. Cover flow was the only way I viewed the content on my iTunes. And I simply must have it back.

    So if anyone happens to know how to downgrade it back to 10.7. Please do share how to do so.

    I don't have the previous version backed up as such. But I never updated to iTunes 11 on my Macbook pro (only my iMac desktop)
  2. macdoofus, Dec 1, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012

    macdoofus macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2009
  3. pizzacake macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2006
    iTunes 11 upgrade to 10.7

    iTunes 11 upgrade to 10.7

    A collection of hints mashed together that enabled me to restore iTunes 10.7 with everything working as before.

    - download iTunes 10.7 (look for download button on right side of page)

    Via iTunes store>account drop down de-authorise computer you installed iTunes 11 on.

    Delete iTunes 11 via Terminal ($ is the command prompt don't type in $ only what follows)
    Close iTunes and iTunes Helper (might not be running but still go ahead)
    $ killall iTunes
    $ killall "iTunes Helper"

    Switch to an admin account in terminal
    $ su ADMIN_NAME
    enter password

    Be careful type the file path exactly as shown
    $ sudo rm -rf /Applications/
    enter password
    $ exit
    close terminal

    - start pacifist ( and drag "install itunes" to it
    - select install itunes.pkg and click install in toolbar
    - press replace when asked if "duplicate, update, do nothing or erase" and don't ask again

    Restore old iTunes library
    IMPORTANT After installation option-click launch (HOLD DOWN OPTION KEY when you launch iTunes) iTunes 10.7. it will then ask you to choose library navigate to Music/iTunes/Previous iTunes Libraries and select your last (most recent) iTunes.itl file.

    iTunes asks to restore devices to factory default or remove purchases (delete iTunesCDB)
    I did as you said and was able to rescue my library, however, iTunes keeps telling me to connect all my iPhones and iPads and restore them to factory default.

    I found a solution to this, you have to delete a file called iTunesCDB off the device (no you don't need to be jailbroken to be able to do this). I used ifunbox app based on a post I found that recommended it. After I deleted that file, iTunes 10.7 was able to see my iPad again. (Windows and Mac)
    if you use ifunbox, it is under "raw filesystem" /iTunes_Control/iTunes/ and the file name is "iTunesCDB"
  4. Deadman64 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2008
    I'm on windows 7 and have installed itunes 11 but it doesnt work. It won't even open.

    Think there will be any issue with simply uninstalling and reinstalling 10.7?

    Apple has been ridiculous lately.

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