If your like me and tired of the boring grey interface that is on iTunes then you might want to follow this guide to make iTunes a little darker.
(As of iTunes 10 being released this may or may not work any more, so please do not post hate comments. When this will work for iTunes 10 I will update this post as needed. I would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this issue.)
What you will need
– Latest Version of iTunes (Has to be version 9)
Step 1 – Downloading files.
The first step will require you to download some files, you can get the files from the following link.
Once you have downloaded the file you will need to use 7zip to extract the RAR file.
Step 2 – Fonts
When you have downloaded and extracted the folder, you’ll need to install the fonts first. In the folder there should be a sub-folder called “fonts”. When you go into that folder you should see 2 files, if you are running Vista/7 then all you need to do is highlight both font files, right click them and then click on “Install”.
If you are using Windows XP, then you need to copy and paste the files to C:\Windows\Fonts(You can access this via the run command) and they should automatically install (Note that this method also works on Windows 7 and Windows Vista)
Step 3 – Installing the skin.
Now that you have the fonts installed you can go ahead and install the skin. The folder you extracted earlier contains an iTunes skins folder, and inside that folder you will see 2 more files. One is the Mac style, and the other is the Windows Style.
For this guide I recommend you stick with the Windows style. (The one on the left in the screenshot)
To install them all you have to do is close iTunes if you have not already done so, and then double click the Windows style. It should take only a few seconds to install. (Depending on your system speed)
Once you have done that, re-open iTunes, and it should be black like the screenshot below.
There are more extras in the folder that you extracted at the beginning of this guide, take a look at the readme file that is included for more information.
The skin does not affect the functionality of iTunes, and the folder you extracted earlier will contain backup files, just in case you want to go back to the default iTunes look.
Can this be done for the Mac?
The answer is yes, however the method is different, and since I don’t use a Mac I can’t show you. However I can provide a link which should have all the information that you need. It was also created by the same person who made the Windows Version.
Issues that may be caused by installing the skin.
So far the only issue I have had is that iTunes would not automatically update the iTunes software. To get around this you need to uninstall the skin and then download and install the new version of iTunes and then apply the skin again after the version of iTunes has been installed.
There is an easy uninstaller that is included with the skin folder you extracted earlier.
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