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  • How to Put the Color Back into iTunes 10


    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:
    1. Quit iTunes 10.
    2. In your applications folder, right click on the iTunes app and select “Show Package Contents.”
    3. 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
    4. 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.
    5. Now replace the old “iTunes.rsrc” file with the new one you just downloaded.
    6. 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: UNEASYsilence
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How to Put the Color Back into iTunes 10 started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. D4VID4F's Avatar
      D4VID4F -
      someone do this for windows!! please i will be ever so greatfull
    1. Pronup's Avatar
      Pronup -
      Worked like a charm, thanks for the tip! I was getting so depressed from the gray! It was starting to feel like 1984!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Thank you who ever created this! I hate the gray icons.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      i love this! the new itunes was just so dull. the only good thing they added was the new icon. i think i am the only person who actually likes the new icon...
    1. Retell's Avatar
      Retell -
      I replaced the icons in Windows, but iTunes doesn't seem to want to display them... :/


      ----UPDATE

      It looks like the B/W icons for the start bar quick select are stored both in the iTunes.exe. The B/W icons for the actual program are stored in iTunes.qtr.

      As you can see I've modified the music icon in the iTunes.exe so they show up in color on the start bar, while the rest are in black and white.

      As for the icons in the program I changed the version number on iTunes.qtr and can get them displayed, but they aren't proper yet.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Don't forget to add Bowtie



      Bowtie

      --PS: If you guys would read, this is a Mac only mod - I'm sure there is a Win fix - But the files provided are for Mac
    1. star201z's Avatar
      star201z -
      Quote Originally Posted by Y67H View Post
      thanks. it works!

      Does anybody know what day the new iPod touch is out?
      I pre-ordered ipod touch 4g and Apple said it would ship between Sept 10-14.
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      When you install this, does it change the icon? I want to add color and change the stoplight buttons, but I want to keep the icon...
    1. jrentzke's Avatar
      jrentzke -
      the new icon will be the same after applying the color fix
    1. Retell's Avatar
      Retell -
      Windows users:

      Okay so here ya go, it's not quite what we were all after but i think it is a huge help because those b/w icons suck on the start bar menu.



      Replace your itunes.exe with the one inside the rar linked below.
      http://itchybot.com/iTunesColor/iTunes.rar

      -If for some reason you cannot use WinRAR you can get the iTunes.exe here:
      http://www.multiupload.com/GZNME6KFFE
      Mac power users:

      anyone who knows how to replace resources, you should be able to do this.

      Download this rar:
      http://itchybot.com/iTunesColor/iTunes.Resources.rar

      Extract the icons from itunes9.qtr and put them in itunes10.qtr

      Upload em so us windows peeps can have perty icons too!
    1. steven0123's Avatar
      steven0123 -
      does it work on windows?
    1. tfd1978's Avatar
      tfd1978 -
      I tryied it, and it doesn't work properly on XP. Oh, well....
    1. Retell's Avatar
      Retell -
      Quote Originally Posted by tfd1978 View Post
      I tryied it, and it doesn't work properly on XP. Oh, well....
      Hmm I'm wondering if it is because I have the 64bit installation, even though the exe itself is 32bit.
    1. numanair's Avatar
      numanair -
      Retell

      Just use 7-Zip for .rar files!
    1. macsoldier's Avatar
      macsoldier -
      it does have life
    1. iJa1lbreak's Avatar
      iJa1lbreak -
      Needs to work on windows (((
    1. EddieLeonard's Avatar
      EddieLeonard -
      hey guys im a bit confused... isn't horizontal like - and vertical like | ??????
    1. dieseldoug's Avatar
      dieseldoug -
      Quote Originally Posted by Wiley John Wright View Post


      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:
      1. Quit iTunes 10.
      2. In your applications folder, right click on the iTunes app and select “Show Package Contents.”
      3. 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
      4. 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.
      5. Now replace the old “iTunes.rsrc” file with the new one you just downloaded.
      6. 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: UNEASYsilence
      Link isn't working to download file.
    1. Tyronal's Avatar
      Tyronal -
      To those on a Mac who get the alert when opening iTunes after modding the .rsrc file, “Do you want the application “iTunes.app” to accept incoming network connections?” this is a code-signing integrity check the app does upon opening, and when the iTunes.rsrc file is altered it breaks the code-signing and kicks the firewall alert. You can either put up with it, switch off the firewall (not recommended) or reinstall itunes 10. Nice to know it's looking out for hackers.

      You can check this if you type this in terminal- codesign -v /Applications/iTunes.app -it will say "a sealed resource is missing or invalid".
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Works perfect... Thanks