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Restore the old iTunes icon Apps
A lot of people find the new iTunes 10 icon unattractive and out of place. This hint goes well together with other hints about restoring what was preferred about iTunes 9.

This simple trick will restore your old iTunes icon (or you can replace it with another of your choice), and will work for any other app as well.

Right-click on iTunes.app and select 'Show Package Contents', browse to Contents/Resources and copy the file iTunes.icns to a safe location.

Now take the the old icon and overwrite the new icon with it. You will need to authenticate from an admin account to do this. The old icon can be obtained from an old version of iTunes, if you have access to a non-upgraded machine or a Time Machine backup.

You need to start and stop iTunes a few times before it picks up the new icon, and you might even need to reboot your computer.

A demonstration video can also be found on my blog.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one, but you can look at the video and see how it works. I'm one of the apparently few people who actually likes the new icon for iTunes 10.]
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Restore the old iTunes icon
Authored by: 3mors on Sep 03, '10 08:20:32AM

Or simply right click iTunes.app and select "Get info" (or hit CMD + I), then copy/paste the icon in the top left.

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Authored by: crarko on Sep 03, '10 08:52:58AM

I tried that and it didn't work. I believe in a standard install only root (or an authenticated admin) would have permissions to do that.

Is there a way to authenticate in that Get Info window?



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Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 04, '10 03:24:46PM
Try running the Finder as root (sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder).

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Authored by: digs0 on Sep 03, '10 08:48:23AM

Okay, now who's got the hint on how to get rid of those godawful new sidebar icons and restore the color?

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Authored by: eagle on Sep 03, '10 10:31:56AM

Yes, someone, please figure this one out! So far this is my only complaint about iTunes 10.



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Authored by: eagle on Sep 03, '10 10:59:22AM

Found it here: http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16805795



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Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 03, '10 09:38:58AM

Another simpler way is to use an alias containing the icon of your choice and drag that to the Dock. The beauty of this approach is that it won't stop working, and this is the icon that bounces -- the real iTunes 10 icon won't show. The ugliness is the shortcut icon.

The new icon looks cheap, which (since iTunes is free), I suppose is fair enough.



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Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 03, '10 10:34:21AM

This is kind of a repeat for every single hint on the 100000000 different ways to change an icon.



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Authored by: crarko on Sep 03, '10 10:41:09AM

Perhaps, but a lot of people are asking about this particular one at the moment.



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Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 03, '10 10:43:41AM

Ah well, any idea if it's illegal to post the iTunes 9 icns file online? Now THAT would be a big help to people, to change my own I had to go to an old cloned backup of mine via USB drive.



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Authored by: crarko on Sep 03, '10 10:47:58AM

I believe that could be construed as copyright/trademark infringement, so I won't do it.

Actually, that's why I edited in the part about looking in a backup for the icon.



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Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 03, '10 10:51:05AM

I thought as much, too bad.



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Authored by: stevebr on Sep 03, '10 01:03:05PM

If that bothers you and you're running 10.6, you'll find a copy of the older itunes.icns in the QuickTime Player.app bundle (in Contents/Resources).

Make a copy of it while you can. I expect it'll be changed to the new one with the next QuickTime software update.



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Authored by: rab777hp on Sep 03, '10 02:00:50PM

That's why I have backups.

and relatives who never update hahahaha



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Authored by: Mackly on Sep 03, '10 12:53:02PM

I applaud the idea of updating the icon to remove the CD, which isn't really part of the iTunes concept, it's just a shame that the new icon looks so out of place beside the others in the dock. Why didn't they replace the CD with a loudspeaker or some other recognisable item, rather than a blue disk?

I hope Apple isn't planning on changing all their icons to this style in OS X 10.7.



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Authored by: robertcoogan on Sep 03, '10 02:06:43PM

I like the new icon, too. Not sure why everyone makes such a stink about it.



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Authored by: renaultssoftware on Sep 03, '10 03:16:59PM

Check this guy's stuff out:

http://qgf.in/CE7wGe

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Authored by: SwissMac on Sep 04, '10 06:15:53AM

The whole of the new look of iTunes 10 is very Microsoft like. I believe it is an attempt to appease Windows users but is ruining the uniform visual impact of a Mac. Turning the traffic light dots vertical is bad, but messing with the icons is just unnecessary. Removing the colour is stupid. I didn't switch from a PC just to have Apple recreate in iTunes the nightmare of what Microsoft calls design.

Sadly, Microsoft users who cite all those difference that Macs have to PCs as reasons for not buying them may be misleading Apple to believe that changing these things will persuade these frequently fanatical PC users to buy Apple gear: it won't - usually they hate anything to do with Steve Jobs with a vengeance. IMO pandering to their needs is just a way to destroy a good system.

Maybe Microsoft are paying an Apple designer to mess things around so they can compete?



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Authored by: palahala on Sep 05, '10 08:49:24AM

Wouldn't that break the digital signature? Hence, possibly giving problems accessing Keychain, firewall problems (such as the infamous mdnsresponder and configd issues) or trouble during the next update?

One can check using:

codesign -vvv /Applications/iTunes.app/

(Note: I do NOT know if an invalid signature will give any problems. I don't even know if it breaks the signature, but I guess someone will post the results of the above command?)



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Authored by: solitario on Sep 06, '10 11:41:41AM

Yes, it will break the code signing and yes, it will cause problems with the Application firewall. (symptoms are for example a popup dialog to confirm network access for iTunes every time you start it).



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Authored by: sprale on Sep 07, '10 07:33:39AM

Oddly enough, mine didn't change with the new iTunes updates. My 10.5 MBP still shows the previous dock icon, which I'm fine with. I actually still listen to CDs...



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Authored by: palahala on Sep 12, '10 12:57:27PM