Removing the Vertical Buttons from iTunes 10

One of the first things I noticed about iTunes 10 was those ridiculously awful vertical buttons. Seriously, what were they thinking? And as a fellow developer pointed out, that even violates Apples own Human Interface Guidelines… Not to mention it’s a crime against humanity.

Someone much craftier than I figured out that all you need to do to restore those buttons back to their horizontial counterparts is open up a Terminal window and enter the following:

defaults write full-window -1

Press Enter, close Terminal and restart or open iTunes. You should see things are now back to normal.

Alternative iTunes 10 Icon (OS X)

If you’re like me, you might not be sold on this new icon for iTunes. Don’t get me wrong, I love that they killed off the CD, but the new icon looks a little Windows 7ish in my dock.

This morning I noticed this new icon from Chris Carlozzi floating around on Twitter, which looks pretty sweet.

So I downloaded it and converted it to a .rsrc file so you can replace your iTunes icon with it on OS X.

You can download the .rsrc file as a .zip here. After it’s downloaded, extract the icon file and right click on it a select Get Info.

Next, navigate to your Applications folder and right click on the iTunes icon and select Get Info.

You should now have both Info windows next to each other. In the iTunes 10.rsrc window, click once on the small icon in the upper left hand corner (should now be highlighted). Then press Command+C.

In the iTunes Info window, click once on the icon in the upper left hand corner and press Command+V. You should now see the same icon in both windows.

Close out the open windows and start iTunes, and you should see the new icon in your dock. Enjoy!