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July 19, 2022

How to Install iTunes on unsupported MacBooks running macOS Catalina/Big Sur/Monterey/Ventura

  In this post, we are going to fix another dumb move by Apple i.e. removing iTunes from MacOS. Apple removed iTunes in the macOS Catalina and higher versions. A lot of macOS users were not happy with this decision and wanted iTunes back on their devices for many reasons. But as of I am writing this post, we are getting the betas of macOS Ventura and we still did not get iTunes back in it.


    After some time, a talented developer was able to let the macOS users have iTunes back on their devices running macOS Catalina and higher versions. So, in this post, I will tell you how you can use Retroactive to install iTunes on your macOS devices running macOS Catalina or higher.


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Below I have given a full step-by-step tutorial on how to get iTunes on your macOS device. Mx chip users might have some issues in running it, so scroll further below to read the tutorial for Mx chip users.


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     FOR INTEL USERS:     

  • First of all, make sure you are using a macOS device with Intel Chip. 
  • If your macOS device has Mx chip, then scroll down to see the tutorial for Mx chip users.
  • Make sure your device is on macOS Catalina and higher.
  • First of all, download Retroactive.

  • After downloading the Retroactive file, you will get a zipped file of size 38.4MB.


  • Open the downloads folder and unzip the Retroactive.1.9.zip file. You will get two files in the unzipped folder as shown below:

  • The PDF file shows what to do if your Mac won't let you open Retroactive. So, let me tell you here what you need to do. Open System Preferences, and go to Security and Privacy. Here, in the General tab you will see an option which will say that Retroactive is from an unidentified developer, so click on Open Anyway. You are getting this error because you are downloading a file outside of AppStore.
  • After that, open the Retroactive file again.
  • You will see the screen as shown below:
  • Click on the Install button to start installation process of iTunes.
  • In the next screen, you will see 5 versions of iTunes. Intel Mac users can install any version of iTunes. So, let's go with the iTunes v12.9.5 "DJ apps and Dark Mode" as shown in the image below.

  • After that click the Continue button located at the bottom left corner.
  • On the next screen, you will have to authenticate by entering the login password of your Mac.
  • Click Authenticate and then it will ask you to enter the Password. 
  • Click on the OK button after Entering the password.


  • After that, Retroactive will start to install iTunes on your Mac. It will take time depending on the speed of your internet connection. 

  • Hurray! You will have iTunes running on your Mac when it finishes these four steps!!
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Now, let's talk about how to fix the error of "iTunes quit unexpectedly" error on Mx chip users.


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    FOR Mx Chip USERS (Non Intel Macs):    


    • First of all, make sure you are using a macOS device with Intel Chip. 
    • If your macOS device has Mx chip, then scroll down to see the tutorial for Mx chip users.
    • Make sure your device is on macOS Catalina and higher.
    • First of all, download Retroactive.

    • After downloading the Retroactive file, you will get a zipped file of size 38.4MB.


    • Open the downloads folder and unzip the Retroactive.1.9.zip file. You will get two files in the unzipped folder as shown below:

    • The PDF file shows what to do if your Mac won't let you open Retroactive. So, let me tell you here what you need to do. Open System Preferences, and go to Security and Privacy. Here, in the General tab you will see an option which will say that Retroactive is from an unidentified developer, so click on Open Anyway. You are getting this error because you are downloading a file outside of AppStore.
    • After that, open the Retroactive file again.
    • You will see the screen as shown below:

    • Click on the Install button to start installation process of iTunes.
    • In the next screen, you will see 5 versions of iTunes. Mx Chip users have difficulty in using the latest version of iTunes, so you will have to go with a lower version. 

    • After that click the Continue button located at the bottom left corner.
    • On the next screen, you will have to authenticate by entering the login password of your Mac.
    • Click Authenticate and then it will ask you to enter the Password. 
    • Click on the OK button after Entering the password.


    • After that, Retroactive will start to install iTunes on your Mac. It will take time depending on the speed of your internet connection. 

    • Hurray! You will have iTunes running on your Mx Mac when it finishes these four steps!

         PLEASE TAKE A SECOND TO LIKE THE VIDEO TUTORIAL ON YOUTUBE AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY CHANNEL :)     


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