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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:
    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. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I wasn't as disappointed about the grey menu items as I was with the kidz bop looking iTunes icon!
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      I like the new design but I can agree that it looks pretty much dead.
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Everyone has mixed emotions I don't know why we can't choose themes like the plug-in in iTunes 6.0 that was pretty cool.
    1. deynierca's Avatar
      deynierca -
      It did not worked for me did it several times and nothing. I have a mac book pro intel
    1. Retell's Avatar
      Retell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Retell View Post
      Windows users:

      Mac power users:
      Has anyone else tested this yet?
    1. GOUKENTOU's Avatar
      So easy a caveman could do it!
    1. kramer2k's Avatar
      kramer2k -
      Here's the fix for the codesigning issue...


      In order to sign applications in OSX Leopard or above, you need to have a code signing certificate in your keychain. If you're doing it just to modify applications for your own use , you can generate your own certificate to use. This is done using the Keychain Access application, in the Utilities folder. Here's how:

      1. Open Keychain Access.
      2. Go to the Keychain Access menu, and under Certificate Assistant, choose Create a Certificate
      3. Name your Certificate. (I recommend using something other than your first and last names)
      4. For Type, choose Self Signed Root.
      5. Make sure Let me override defaults is checked and click Continue.
      6. Under Serial Number, use a random number. Just make sure there is no other certificate on your system with the same name and serial number
      7. Give yourself a sufficiently long validity period. For a little over 5 years, use 2000 days. For almost 11 years, choose 4000 days.
      8. Under Certificate Type, choose Code Signing, and click Continue.
      9. Enter your personal information on the next screen. Have fun with Organization and Organizational Unit. After all, this is for your own personal use. Don't use "Apple." Click Continue when all has been filled out.
      10. For Key Pair Information, accept the defaults and click Continue.
      11. For Key Usage Extension, accept the defaults and click Continue.
      12. For Extended Key Usage Extension, accept the defaults and click Continue.
      13. For Basic Constraints Extension, accept the defaults and click Continue.
      14. For Subject Alternate Name Extension, accept the defaults and click Continue.
      15. Use your "login" keychain to store the certificate and click Continue.
      16. Now you have to set your certificate to be "trusted."
      17. Go to your keychain, and right click (control click) on the new certificate you made and choose Get Info.
      18. Open the triangle next to Trust.
      19. Go down to Code Signing, and choose Always Trust.
      20. Close the box. The system will ask for your admin password. Enter it and click OK.

      You're done, and you have a certificate you can use for signing your own code, or re-signing someone else's code that you've modified or tinkered with.

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      Open the Terminal application (/Applications/Utilities/Terminal)

      Type in the following command , remembering to replace the certificate name with the new one you just created within the quotation marks:

      codesign -s "CERTIFICATE NAME HERE" -fv /Applications/iTunes.app

      You should now be able to open iTunes with the new modifications!
      __________________________________________________ ___________________________

      No more problems with the firewall. And you can run the codesign check afterwords to make sure it worked!
      Have fun!
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      The icons look kinda weird like they aren't the right size. Im going back to stock i just wanna listen to my music lol.
    1. twyztid's Avatar
      twyztid -
      Did it this morning and I love the coloured version. Also changed the stoplights back. Thanks
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Color looks a lot better, the gray was too bland.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      doesn't work for me, I opened up the rsrc file and don't see any of the itunes icons just a bunch of ipods.
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      Works. BUT - does this mean we have to do this for each version now ? Will there be a rsrc file for each update? Any advice anyone?
    1. SiFO's Avatar
      SiFO -

    1. amybest222's Avatar
      amybest222 -
      can you please repost or link me to how to change the side bar! thank!! got my color back!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by amybest222 View Post
      can you please repost or link me to how to change the side bar! thank!! got my color back!
    1. BlackHoleSlam1994's Avatar
      BlackHoleSlam1994 -
      windows windows plzz
    1. PhanaticD's Avatar
      PhanaticD -
      i pressed thanks b4 realizing this was mac only =/
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Was this inspired by my Screen Shot?
      yes...yes it was. and your question inspired my response ;^P
    1. Ryfly's Avatar
      Ryfly -
      Anyone want pink??

      I seriously don't have this so don't ask me for it.