How To Downgrade iTunes 8.2 and Where to Download older version of iTunes

June 6, 2009 — by Simon Ng27

As mentioned in the earlier post, for now, it’s not safe to upgrade to iTunes 8.2 if you’re iPhone jailbreaker. The latest version of iTunes may affect the use of QuickPwn or PwnageTool to jailbreak. So, I suggest you hold off the upgrade.

However, it may be too tempted to hit the “Update” button when Apple informs you there is a software update. I know some of the readers have upgraded to iTunes 8.2 and experienced some jailbreak issues. They are searching for ways to downgrade it back to older version.

To downgrade iTunes, the process is very straightforward. What you have to do is to uninstall iTunes and then download & install the older version of iTunes.

Uninstalling iTunes

For Windows User
For Windows user, simply go to Control Panel and uninstall iTunes via “Add/Remove Program”. If iPod Updater application is present, remove it as well.

For Mac OS X User
For Mac user, you can follow Apple Support’s article to completely remove iTunes. If you’re familiar with Terminal application, you can simply run the following command in Terminal app to delete iTunes:

sudo rm -rf /Applications/ /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/DeviceLink.framework /System/Library/Extensions/AppleMobileDevice.kext /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iTunesAccess.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/CoreFP.framework /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework

Download the Older version of iTunes and Install it

Okay, now you should have the iTunes uninstalled. Next, you can simply head to to download the previous iTunes version and install it.

That’s it. Enjoy.

Simon Ng

Founder, developer and chief blogger of

  • anthony8123

    does this delete the itunes file with music, videos, apps, ect?

  • Byron

    I have been searching for an older version of iTunes (7.5 or earlier) to run on my iMac G3 running Jaguar 10.3.9 and found Un fortunately, they no longer have any older versions of iTunes on the site. Very frustrating. If anyone can point me in the direction of another site with an old version of iTunes, it would be greatly appreciated.

  • george

    when i install older Version it says i have a new search thing and wont install i neeeeeed help!!!!!!!

  • boris

    The site not longer carries the older Mac versions of iTunes; anyone know of an alternate site that still has the Mac installers?

  • Tom Jones doesn’t work! Where can I get earlier versions?

  • andy mackay

    Just downgraded to iToons 8.1 on PC, when I try to start it it stalls with the message:-

    The file iToons.itl cannot be read because it was created by an newer version of iToons.

    anyone get aby ideas

    • Tom Jones

      – andy – the window says “iToons”??? that’s strange… but I know the .itl file on windows is used to store information about your library such as songs playlists and ratings – if you’re trying to downgrade, you can’t use the .itl file from itunes 8.2; 8.1 can’t read it.

      If you’re just trying to use quickpwn to jailbreak, I would backup your itunes library files and then completely delete the itunes files, downgrade to 8.1, jailbreak, then update.

  • andy mackay

    Thanks for the reply Tom, i’ll give it a bash, it didn’t really say iToons, that was just me attempting to bring a bit of levity to the proceeding, it wasn’t realy very funny, I don’t know why I did it I am sorry and it won’t happen again. Thinking about it I have just upgraded to os 3.0, so it’s a bit academic now anyway, i’ll just wait for the jailbreak for os 3.0 to come out.
    Just a wee PS I needed to turn off Kaspersky to get iTunes to download the file, probably just a firewall issue but I am too lazy to look into it and find it, it’s easier just turn it off and then back on again when finished.

  • micah

    Where can I get an old version of itunes for a mac? doesn’t have them

  • NovaTornado

    Try for older versions. It might have mac, not sure.

  • iTunes 8.1 (Mac OS X)

  • Mike
  • Gio

    Yes, you did it Mike! Thanks man.

  • Jarsh


    how about something that jibes with OSX10.3?

    any of you pros want to help, i just got a used mac and im having a hell of a time getting it up to speed here, i will send so many good karmas your way, just wait.

  • cshizzzle

    will this delete all of my itunes stuff or can i just sign in on the older version

  • pjrock

    The problem i’m running into now that i’ve installed an earlier version is that whenever i try to open itunes it tells me it can’t read my library because it was created by a later version of itunes. How do you get around this??

  • Jenn

    It’s the same for me, how do you get around it? I was so excited about being able to use my iPod functions too. I mean just the music because I like to categorize my songs.

  • paco

    rename the library .itl file to library.old and you are going to be able to open itunes

    • cito

      how do you do that? in properties?

      • Amanda

        When I started I moved iTunes to the trash and then installed the iTunes81.dmg that Mike had posted. I typed iTunes to search the trash and found the file that said “iTunes Library.itl” so I clicked it to edit the name and changed the “itl” part to “old” and the older iTunes opened.

        Hope that wasn’t too confusing, good luck!

  • Can anyone tell me which version of iTunes is the easiest and most popular?
    All I would use it for on my PC is to create playlists and burn CD’s.
    I had a version, (before my computer crashed), that just had single songs in the “Music” section. Now all the newer versions I see just put pictures of album covers. I want to see the songs, not the albums.

    • @Christine, just download the latest version and enjoy all the new features, as well as, fulfilling your need to create playlist.

  • Thank you Simon Ng! Appreciate your feedback. I guess I will learn how to use the new version. 🙂 Thanks again!

  • leslie

    this is what your all looking for i might be abit late but here it is

  • Brightfire

    If you uninstall and install itunes, doesnt that mean all your apps and music will be gone?

  • Maddy

    I have a problem with my iTunes i get a message that basically says that iTunes doesn’t recognize my iPod and that I should restore it but if I do I will loose all my music and I can see the iPod on my mac which has been updated to the latest version and my iPod was up to date too I had been downloading music with NO problem on Friday and on Saturday it says this and I don’t know what to do I have a 30gb iPod that I had set to manually manage music never had a problem had it for a long time until this I should have backed up my music but now what do I do

  • cito

    i can’t open iTunes up, it says iTunes can’t because it was created by an older library. where can i fix this?