How to downgrade from iTunes 10.5 beta on Mac

Aug 15, 2011 by


There are various reasons one may want to downgrade from 10.5.  Maybe you tried out the iOS 5 beta but don’t use it any more.  Maybe you wanted to escape the sideways traffic light buttons from iTunes 10.3.  After downloading a lower version of iTunes, you were probably sad to discover you couldn’t run the installer right off the bat, but its ok.  All you will need to do is delete iTunes and change around some files.


  1. Uninstall iTunes.  Just drag iTunes from your Applications folder to the trash.
  2. In Finder, navigate to ~/Music/iTunes.  (When you upgrade to 10.5, the library file is updated and disables you from downgrading.  You simply change it back to the old one which is saved for you.)
  3. Rename iTunes Library.itl to iTunes Library.bak
  4. In the Previous iTunes Libraries folder, find the file with the most recent date.  Be sure it has the file extension .itl
  5. Copy that file into the parent folder ~/Music/Itunes and rename it to iTunes Library.itl
  6. If you don’t have it already, download the latest stable iTunes installer from
  7. If you followed the steps correctly, you should be able to successfully install iTunes.