Get color icons back in the iTunes 10 sidebar
Along with new iTunes 10 download came a number of interface changes, ranging from a new icon, vertical window control bars, album art displays, and the greyscale conversion of the sidebar icons. If you preferred the colorful sidebar icons of iTunes 9 and prior, you can swap out a rsrc file within iTunes 10 and be done with the plain greys icons once and for all.
Change iTunes 10 sidebar icons to color
Changing the iTunes 10 sidebar icons back to color from grey is pretty easy:
- Quit iTunes
- Right-click on the iTunes 10 app icon within your /Applications folder, click on ‘Show Package Contents’
- Open up the ‘Resources’ folder and location the file ‘iTunes.rsrc’ and save a backup of this somewhere, or rename it to iTunes-backup.rsrc
- Download the color icons iTunes.rsrc file and drop it into the Resources folder
- Close the folders and relaunch iTunes 10
- Enjoy the color icons again!
The color iTunes.rsrc file is courtesy of a MacRumors forum user who modified and hosted the iTunes files on his own site.
If you’re not thrilled with the new interface, you can combine this tip with a few others to replace the iTunes 10 icon back to iTunes 9 and also change iTunes 10 control buttons to horizontal a la iTunes 9. Suddenly your iTunes will look like it did before, but still have all the great features of iTunes 10.