iTunes 10: Bring a little color back into your life
Those of you who have recently updated to iTunes 10 have probably noticed a few distinct changes in the application. The close/min/max buttons are all vertical now, and all the column icons are seemingly devoid of color. Here are a couple tutorials on how to bring a little more retro back to your iTunes.
(Remember, you're in the Mac forum so this is Mac users only)
Both these methods come from ModMyi, sources linked below.
How to Fix iTunes 10 Vertical Stoplight Buttons
by Wiley John Wright
With the release of iTunes 10, Apple has once again added an array of impressive new features to its venerable music player. Unfortunately, some users are not happy with a few of Apple’s design choices.
First and foremost, Apple has chosen to go against its own human interface guidelines. These guidelines are rules intended to maintain a consistent look and feel across the entire operating system. Apple usually sticks to these rules religiously but not this time.
The “close,” “minimize” and “maximize” buttons are now in a vertical orientation. This is a first for any Apple application. From a practical point of view, this change does not affect the way the buttons work, but what is remarkable about this change is the fact that Apple went against its own human interface guidelines.
Luckily, there is an easy fix that will put the iTunes buttons back in their more-familiar horizontal orientation. You will, however, have to use the Terminal application located in the utilities folder to do this. First close iTunes 10, then open the Terminal window and type:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1
Then hit return and reopen iTunes. The stoplight buttons will be in their usual place once again. I tried this myself just a moment ago, and I can tell you that it does work. Now you have your stoplight buttons back to where they should be. Now if we could just get the color back into iTunes’ once rosy cheeks. As it stands right now, iTunes 10 looks like it had a run-in with a vampire.
How to Put the Color Back into iTunes 10
by Wiley John Wright
Yesterday, I showed you an easy fix for getting iTunes 10 stoplight buttons back to their familiar horizontal position. Today I’ll show you how to put the color back into iTunes 10 sidebar icons.
If you’re like me, being able to use color to stay organized is always a welcome feature. When Apple unveiled iTunes 10, new features like Ping got all of the attention. Only after the dust settled did I realize iTunes looked a little drab. Well no more!
To restore iTunes back to its colorful roots simply follow these steps:
- Quit iTunes 10.
- In your applications folder, right click on the iTunes app and select “Show Package Contents.”
- Locate the “iTunes.rsrc” file and be sure to back it up (just in case) This file can be found here: /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/iTunes.rsrc
- Download File “iTunes10colors.zip” Here. Once you decompress it, the file contains a folder with two items: an instructions text file and the replacement “iTunes.rsrc” file.
- Now replace the old “iTunes.rsrc” file with the new one you just downloaded.
- Start up iTunes 10 and enjoy your now-retro looking music app.
As always, when modding your software, please proceed with caution. Also, this is a Mac-only mod, for now. I tried this myself and it worked like a charm. Hopefully, Apple will come to its senses and put things right. For now, enjoy your newly colorized version of iTunes.
Source: ModMyi (1) (2)