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November 26, 2006


After careful consideration, I have now reached the conclusion that iTunes 7 is a mess. That is because after installing iTunes 7, the following symptoms appeared and persisted even after the 7.0.1 and 7.0.2 update:

  • My iPod would freeze/lock up/crash several times a day, mostly right at the beginning of a song, but sometimes also in the middle.
  • My iPod would refuse to play the tracks of some albums in the correct order. iTunes showed them in the correct order, but once disconnected from the computer, the iPod would show and play them in a different order.
  • After switching it on, my iPod would sometimes act as if all the music on it had been deleted; the songs would, however, reappear after a reset;
  • iTunes 7 neither manages to print correct CD booklets, nor does it print correct album lists. In booklet, it fails to print album titles, in album lists, it only prints the first album of each artist.

I could have lived with the printout problem, but the constant crashes made my iPod near unuseable. Not sure whether my iPod was broken or not, I figured that one way to find this out was to revert to iTunes 6, which is not an entirely easy undertaking:

  • Delete iTunes in your Applications folder
  • Delete the file "iTunesX.pkg" in your /Library/Receipts folder
  • Delete the file "iTunes Library" in your user/Music/iTunes folder
  • Open the folder "Previous iTunes Libraries" in that folder and make a copy of the file "iTunes Library 2006-09-13" (or the closest similar date)
  • Rename that file to "iTunes Library" and move it to the user/Music/iTunes folder
  • Download iTunes 6.0.5 from the Apple website
  • Once it has downloaded, install it
  • Launch iTunes and select "Add to library" from the File menu
  • Select your iTunes music folder so that all the files you imported since installing iTunes 7 appear in your library

It's a lengthy and not particularly simple procedure, but once I had iTunes 7 off my hard disk, my iPod stopped crashing, plays the songs in the correct order again and I can once again make proper printouts.

I would strongly warn against installing iTunes 7 unless you absolutely have to.

Posted by Horst on November 26, 2006 10:48 PM to the body electric | Tell-a-friend
skurz said on November 27, 2006 01:33 PM:

You could also give the nice (shareware) app Pacifist a try and uninstall /Library/Receipts/iTunesX.pkg from there. The hassle with the iTunes Library folder would remain, I guess.

dieter said on November 27, 2006 04:36 PM:

When I received the first update alert, I somehow deduced from the explanations that it was primarily meant to facilitate the selling of videos via the i-tunes store, what I am not doing right now. And when I read that once I use iTunes 7, I would have to switch to the new release on every computer in order to be able to listen to music Ipurchased on the iTunes store, I decided not to install that release. Now I know this 100% belly decision was a wise one...

Horst said on November 27, 2006 07:55 PM:

Yes, unless you want to buy videos from the iTunes store or you have one of the newest iPods, there is no need to upgrade to version 7.

Adalbert said on December 3, 2006 03:00 PM:

iTunes 7.0 for Windows was really really unusable. The performance of my PC fell drastically, even so much that listing to music was not possible while doing anything else. iTunes 7.01 and and iTunes 7.02 are better. The album feature is very nice, though with lot of title in a playlist there´s sometimes still a delay till the correct album is shown. Well, 512 MB RAM are not enough anymore.

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