Unhappy with iTunes 12? Here's how to revert to iTunes 11

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

Chris has covered technology and media since the latter days of the Reagan Administration. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, he's a professional musician in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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A reader who wishes to remain anonymous isn’t entirely tickled with iTunes 12. This reader writes:

I’ve upgraded to OS X Yosemite on my MacBook Air and I mostly like it. What I don’t like is iTunes 12—I find it hard to navigate. Is there any way I can go back to iTunes 11 and still run Yosemite?

There is. And as much as I’d like to take credit for devising the way to do it, that credit goes to Jacqui Cheng, formerly of Ars Technica and now editor-in-chief of The Wirecutter. I mention her former Ars Technica affiliation because that’s where she described the process for downgrading from iTunes 11 to iTunes 10.7. It turns out that the technique works just as well for moving from iTunes 12 to iTunes 11.

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How to transfer data from your old computer to a new Yosemite Mac

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Walt Pinkston has an impatient friend who was a little too anxious to put old data on a new Mac. He writes:

A friend decided to remove the internal hard drive from an old Mac, put the drive into an external enclosure, and hook that up to his new Mac. But now the new Mac doesn’t recognize the drive and is asking him if he wants to reformat it. What’s the best and safest way for him to move that data over to his new Mac?

With the idea of saving your relationship, let me start by saying that your friend’s idea wasn’t entirely boneheaded. There are indeed conditions under which you can jerk a hard drive out of an old Mac, shove it into an enclosure, and boot another Mac from it. Those conditions include having an operating system compatible with the new Mac and a drive formatted in a compatible way. In cases where the OS is quite old and the computer quite new, there can be problems as new Macs often demand an operating system no older than the one that shipped with them.

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Bugs & Fixes: Solving a Yosemite post-install disaster

Ted Landau Senior Contributor, Macworld

Updating to a major new version of OS X can seem akin to walking through a mine field, albeit one with relatively few mines. In most instances, you’ll be fine. But you never know when disaster may strike.

In my case, the OS X Yosemite upgrade went as smooth as silk for my 2012 MacBook Pro. I’ve been happily running it via beta versions for months. I waited until the release version of Yosemite before upgrading my 2009 Mac Pro. I expected things to go just as smoothly. Instead, I hit a mine.

The installation itself was a success. However, as soon as I attempted to use the Mac, all hell broke loose. The most serious symptom was that almost every action now proceeded at a snail’s pace. Several apps—notably Safari, Tweetbot, Outlook, and even the Finder—often became entirely unresponsive. I had to repeatedly Force Quit these apps just to maintain a minimum level of response.

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How to capture audio with a new Mac Pro

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Reader H. Landreth is one lucky (or, at least, well-heeled) Mac Pro owner. He writes:

I recently purchased a Mac Pro to replace the old cheese-grater Mac Pro I’ve had since 2009. When moving cables from my old Mac to the new one I was stumped when it came to plugging in a Toslink audio cable that I’d used in the past to capture high resolution audio from a device in my office. In fact, I don’t see any audio input jack at all, much less a Toslink connection. How am I supposed to do this now?

You’re correct that the Mac Pro has no audio input. When designing the smaller Mac Pro I suspect that Apple looked at the old Pro models and considered which ports were used by the fewest number of people. Clearly the optical audio in and out ports were prime candidates for cutting.

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iCloud two-step verification just added another step: app-specific passwords

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Darlene Brian is having issues with her iCloud account. She writes:

I use Outlook for Mac for my email and today it’s been telling me that my iCloud account isn’t authorized. I’ve entered it multiple times and it still won’t work. I’ve tried other third-party apps that use iCloud and am having similar difficulties. Any idea what’s going on?

If I had to guess I’d say that you have implemented two-step verification for your Apple ID. As of October 9, 2014, Apple requires that you generate app specific passwords for third-party apps that use your iCloud data. This includes apps such as Outlook and BusyCal.

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How to transfer camera images to an iPad with an old adapter

Christopher Breen Senior Editor, Macworld Follow me on Google+

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Reader Joan Morton has an old adapter but is considering a new one. She writes:

When I purchased my original iPad I also bought Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit—the two adapters that let you import pictures via USB or an SD card. I now have an iPad Air and wondered if there was some way I could continue using them.

The unspoken elipsis in your question is “These things have a 30-pin connector and my iPad Air has a Lightning connector so….”

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