How to downgrade from iTunes 11

Apple has most definitely decided to change the look and feel of iTunes with the release of version 11. Cover Flow is now gone and even the iTunes icon has changed. Many people simply do not like the way Apple has chosen to change this app, especially if you have come to rely on certain features. Luckily, you can downgrade to an earlier version of iTunes if you follow these directions.

Step 1: If you want to backup various iTunes data such as Ratings, Plays, Playlists, *etc, you will want to create an xml file containing all of this data. Open iTunes, go to File and choose Library, Export Library. Then choose a place to save on your hard drive or external device.

Step 2: Copy or move your iTunes Music folder to a new location on your hard drive or external device.

Step 3: Download AppZapper (in my opinion, the best uninstaller for the Mac) and open it. Go to Preferences and uncheck "Keep Apple applications safe".

Step 4: Drag the iTunes icon over AppZapper. The app will list all files associated with iTunes. Once you press Zap! iTunes will be eradicated from your Mac.

Step 5: If you want to use the very last version of iTunes before iTunes 11. I recommend downloading iTunes 10.7 because it is compatible with all the latest versions of iOS devices including the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.

Step 6: Download the app Pacifist and launch it. Drag the iTunes 10.7 .dmg file to the open app window. If you see the "Not Authorized" text in the upper right corner, click on this and enter your admin password. Then choose the .dmg file in the list. Then click Install. Pacifist will ask if you want to replace certain files and then you will want to check "Don't ask again for this installation". Click Replace.

Step 7: Move back your iTunes Music folder to its original location within the iTunes folder.

Step 8: Now it is time to bring back your Playlist and other data. Open iTunes and go to File, Library, Import Playlist. Choose the .xml file you created earlier. It might take quite some time to import all of this data.

Now, you should be back up and running with no problems using an earlier version of *iTunes. These directions should work for older versions of iTunes as well on OS X 10.5 and later.

* Note: you might very well lose artwork associated with music and video files when doing this downgrade. Also, iTunes Match might have authorization issues, in which case, you might need to call Apple to have your Mac reauthorized to make iTunes Match work properly again.

* Note: If upon opening iTunes 10.7 you receive the error message "The file "iTunes Library.itl" cannot be read because it was created by a newer version of itunes." Simply go to your iTunes folder and move the file iTunes Library.itl to the trash and relaunch the app.

How to make a list of files in OS X

When you go to Spotlight or the Finder and search for files, or browse through folders, occasionally you might want to compile a list of files in text format without having to type all of the file locations by hand. With a few clicks, you can output directory listings to text with ease.

You can accomplish this basic task with TextEdit. Simply launch TextEdit, go to Format and choose Make Plain Text if necessary. Then go to Finder, browse and/or search for the files you wish to use for your list. Now select a single file or group of files and then drag to an open TextEdit window. You will see the full file path for each item.

How to fix Internet Sharing in OS X

Occasionally in OS X when you try to share your internet connection from your Mac with your iPhone, iPad or some other device via Wi-Fi you might have noticed the data is not working. You can establish a wireless connection, but no data will come through.

This is a glaring problem which Apple has resolved for many versions of OS X all the way into Mountain Lion. You have two options of solving this problem:

The easiest but not the optimal option is to go to System Preferences and select Security, unlock the padlock, then turn off your Firewall when you share your internet connection. This should enable data to pass between your computer and your iPod Touch, iPhone, etc.

The best option is to backup all of your files and reinstall OS X. This can be very inconvenient, but if you wish to use Internet Sharing and your Firewall at the same time, it appears to be the only solution at this time.

How to Backup and Restore Dashboard Widgets

Time Machine is one solution for backing up your Dashboard Widgets, but this option is not always optimal, especially when you have limited hard drive space, or if you would rather use other backup methods. Luckily, you can backup your widgets and reinstall each of them manually without much effort.

How to Backup

Step 1: Choose go to folder in Finder by typing Shift + Command + G and go to "~/Library/Preferences"

Step 2: In the Finder window, search for every com.apple.dashboard file. Choose to sort files by name. Select all of the files the Finder displays, then copy them to a separate folder.

Step 3: Go to folder "~/Library/Widgets" Copy this folder along with all of the files to another backup folder. It is fine if you wish to only save only select widgets and not all of them.

Now all of your widgets and their associated files are backed up. Be sure to backup all of these files again if you decide to update your library otherwise you will have issues restoring them.

How to Restore

Step 1: On a Mac with which you want to restore your widgets, go to folder "~/Library/Preferences"

Step 2: Search for all com.apple.dashboard files, highlight all of them and send them to the trash.

Step 3: Highlight all of your previously backed up com.apple.dashboard files and move them to "~/Library/Preferences"

Step 4: Go to "~/Library/" and move your Widgets folder here.

Now simply restart your Mac and your widgets will show when you view your Dashboard. This has been confirmed to work with Macs running OS X 10.5 and higher.