How To Downgrade From iTunes 12 Back To iTunes 11

How To Downgrade From iTunes 12 Back To iTunes 11

Mac: Not a fan of the new version of iTunes? MacWorld shows you how to downgrade back to iTunes 11 using free software.

First off, download copies of AppZapper and Pacifist (the demo modes will get you through this process), make a backup, then create an installer with Pacifist.

  1. Quit iTunes 12 and launch AppZapper
  2. Open AppZapper's preferences and uncheck"Keep Apple Applications Safe"
  3. Drag the iTunes 12 icon from the Application folder to AppZapper and click the "Zap!" button
  4. Download iTunes 11
  5. Open up Pacifist and drag the iTunes 11 DMG file into it.
  6. Select "Contents of Install iTunes" and then click "Install"
  7. Navigate to your iTunes library and find the iTunes LIbrary.itl file. Drag it to your desktop
  8. Launch iTunes 11

If iTunes 12's new shiny look is just annoying you, rolling back might be worth the trouble. Head over to MacWorld for the full guide.

Unhappy with iTunes 12? Here's how to revert to iTunes 11 [MacWorld]


  • It’s hard to believe that iTunes 12 could be any worse than iTunes 11 but trust me it is.
    The whole iTunes concept needs to be reconsidered to split the functions up as they do on iOS.

  • iTunes has been broke for me (and quite a few others judging by the number of posts on the Apple Community Support site) since version 11.4. Syncing crashes in Windows every time. Downgraded back to 11.3.2 and it works.

  • I’ve switched to media monkey for sync and I get all my music from beatport and zipdj. I can’t stand iTunes and life with an iDevice is so much easier without it.

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