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Yesterday I wondered what would be the best way to patch one of iTunes' resource files in order to improve iTunes. And while I am not aware of a proper application to generate those patches, it can be done – in a slightly non-obvious but not hard-to-understand fashion.

Beware – to follow those steps you will need to have Apple's developer tools installed and you'll be exposed to using the Terminal application. Read: This won't be a good experience.

First quit iTunes and then start the Terminal where you change into iTunes' intestines

cd /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/
Then move the original resource file out of the way and download the file I prepared containing the lighter shade arrows and the non-metal background.
mv iTunes.rsrc iTunesBackup.rsrc
curl http://earthlingsoft.net/ssp/blog/other/iTunesPatch.rsrc > iTunes.rsrc
Now do the patching:
/Developer/Tools/ResMerger -append -srcIs DF -dstIs DF iTunesBackup.rsrc -o iTunes.rsrc
You'll see two warning messages while this is running. Seeing them suggests that things worked as they should.

And that's it already. Now keep your fingers crossed and hope that iTunes launches regularly when you try to start it. Keep in mind that it's your own problem if you wreck your copy of iTunes this way.

April 30, 2004, 16:23

Tagged as iTunes, patch.


Comment by Jørgen Arnor Gårdsø Lom: User icon


August 19, 2005, 11:45

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