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I was having problems for almost two days updating/restoring an old iPod Touch 2nd-gen. with iTunes 12.6.5.3 on my Dosdude-hacked Late 2008 15-inch MacBook Pro 5,1 running HIgh Sierra.

After trying everything I could think about, I remembered the "iTunes Device Support Update" that I didn't install when it was first available. Fingers and toes crossed, I updated iTunes, and everything worked! (your milage may vary - all standard disclaimers apply.)
 




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How about this, then...

If you, like me, have found it a royal PITA trying to make your own iPhone ringtones, here's a streamlined procedure:
  1. Capture the sound with Voice Memos on your iPhone and give it a descriptive name. Email it to yourself.
  2. Save the audio file from the email and open it in Amadeus Lite on your Mac. Edit to taste. Save as iPhone Ringtone.
  3. Open iMazing, select your iPhone, and choose Quick Transfer. Drop the ringtone file onto the drop area. Choose Ringtones for the associated app.
Now you should be able to choose your own custom ringtone in Settings > Sounds on your iPhone.

#ringtones #tips
 


If you, like me, have found it a royal PITA trying to make your own iPhone ringtones, here's a streamlined procedure...
That is totally great, Ric. Very simplistic. I do have the full iMazing application. The steps of yours remind me of the true mission of the Macintosh.
 


Over the last week I've found that some apps refuse to update in iTunes: "This item is temporarily unavailable. Try again later." But they never become available.

I've experienced this with three apps to date: Expedia, Amazon Music, and the New York Times. They load fine on iOS devices but fail repeatedly on my work and home iMacs, running Sierra (10.12.6) on both machines and using iTunes 12.6.5.3.

Anyone else experiencing this? A taste of things to come in the post-iTunes world?
 


Over the last week I've found that some apps refuse to update in iTunes: "This item is temporarily unavailable. Try again later." But they never become available.

I've experienced this with three apps to date: Expedia, Amazon Music, and the New York Times. They load fine on iOS devices but fail repeatedly on my work and home iMacs, running Sierra (10.12.6) on both machines and using iTunes 12.6.5.3.

Anyone else experiencing this? A taste of things to come in the post-iTunes world?
I am also experiencing this same problem with the same apps and others also. Initially I got the "temporarily unavailable" message, but now I am getting a message saying I don't have enough memory. Strange.
 


If you, like me, have found it a royal PITA trying to make your own iPhone ringtones, here's a streamlined procedure:
  1. Capture the sound with Voice Memos on your iPhone and give it a descriptive name. Email it to yourself.
  2. Save the audio file from the email and open it in Amadeus Lite on your Mac. Edit to taste. Save as iPhone Ringtone.
  3. Open iMazing, select your iPhone, and choose Quick Transfer. Drop the ringtone file onto the drop area. Choose Ringtones for the associated app.
Obviously this method works, but not everyone will have the necessary software (are the mentioned ones all free versions?). However, all Macs and iPhones come with GarageBand (it is also a free download). And there is an amazingly clear YouTube video that explains the step-by-step process for making and setting a ringtone. Just another option.
 


Here is my updated list of apps that will not update from within iTunes 12.6.5.3, because "The item is temporarily unavailable." They have been "temporarily" unavailable for over a week. They all update fine on my iPhone.

Amazon Kindle, Amazon Music, British Airways, Expedia, Key by Amazon, Microsoft OneDrive, The New York Times, Nextdoor, TripCase​

I note that several of them are from Amazon, but I'm not sure what links the other ones.
 


When I tried to update all my apps from within iTunes 12.6.5.3 (on El Capitan), everything downloaded except Apple Books. A message popped up: "This app is only available on iOS. To get this app, search for it on the App Store on your iOS device."

And so it begins...
 



When I tried to update all my apps from within iTunes 12.6.5.3 (on El Capitan), everything downloaded except Apple Books. A message popped up: "This app is only available on iOS. To get this app, search for it on the App Store on your iOS device."

And so it begins...
[But] I personally liked having a single app for all of my digital media. But just as AppleWorks was broken up, so now iTunes is broken up. The easy back-and-forth integration of AppleWorks/ClarisWorks was great, as it is/was for iTunes. Oh well!
 


I was up to ten iOS apps that won't update in iTunes 12.6.5.3. So I called Apple about the "This item is temporarily unavailable" problem.

The tech I talked to had never heard of this issue before. She escalated to somebody senior. After much hemming and hawing and theorizing, she suggested I delete the offending apps from my iTunes library and redownload them. It worked. I'm a bit embarrassed I didn't think of doing that myself.

Now it remains to be seen what happens when those apps are updated again. On a side note, the senior tech was under the mistaken impression that all versions of iTunes prior to 12.9 are incompatible with devices running iOS 12.
 


It will be "interesting" to watch how Apple deals with folks who are sticking with Mojave for the next year (at least). Abandon iTunes and, in essence, force those folks to upgrade to Catalina? I guess I'm lucky that I don't buy services stuff from Apple and use an Android phone.
 


It will be "interesting" to watch how Apple deals with folks who are sticking with Mojave for the next year (at least). Abandon iTunes and, in essence, force those folks to upgrade to Catalina? I guess I'm lucky that I don't buy services stuff from Apple and use an Android phone.
I did not watch the keynote, and I must admit I haven't really paid too much attention to iTunes being broken up into three separate apps. Is it a given that this will only happen in macOS 10.15, or will Apple eventually issue a macOS 10.14.x update that deletes iTunes and replaces it in Mojave?
 


I did not watch the keynote, and I must admit I haven't really paid too much attention to iTunes being broken up into three separate apps. Is it a given that this will only happen in macOS 10.15, or will Apple eventually issue a macOS 10.14.x update that deletes iTunes and replaces it in Mojave?
It's not officially confirmed, but the break up is likely to be macOS 10.15 onwards only. To break iTunes up on older OSes, they would also need to move the iOS device synchronisation code into the older OS's Finder, which is very unlikely to happen - too much effort.

Also, iTunes isn't going away on Windows. Apple are simply likley to force users to upgrade to Catalina (and the new world order without iTunes) via other methods, i.e. forced obsolescence, e.g. lack of security updates in two years' time for Mojave; forced features, e.g. you want to use a new wonderful, feature of one of their services, but it's only available in newer OSes; and forced requirements, e.g. you want a new iPhone / iPad / Apple TV / watch / HomePod, but you'll need at least Catalina to run it.
 




I was up to ten iOS apps that won't update in iTunes 12.6.5.3. So I called Apple about the "This item is temporarily unavailable" problem.

The tech I talked to had never heard of this issue before. She escalated to somebody senior. After much hemming and hawing and theorizing, she suggested I delete the offending apps from my iTunes library and redownload them. It worked. I'm a bit embarrassed I didn't think of doing that myself.

Now it remains to be seen what happens when those apps are updated again. On a side note, the senior tech was under the mistaken impression that all versions of iTunes prior to 12.9 are incompatible with devices running iOS 12.
I've been having this problem, and after reading your post I went ahead and deleted all of the them and downloaded them again in iTunes. I just went into update apps and a new one just showed up and again the message popped up; "This item is temporarily unavailable". How frustrating.
 


I've been having this problem, and after reading your post I went ahead and deleted all of the them and downloaded them again in iTunes. I just went into update apps and a new one just showed up and again the message popped up; "This item is temporarily unavailable". How frustrating.
Rodney which app is it?
 


Silly question (unless I missed in here): has anyone tried running iTunes 12.6.x or 12.8.x on the beta of Catalina? I know, as someone who manages their iPhone apps via iTunes 12.6 access to the App Store, I can't imagine folks being happy if they lose that functionality under 10.15.
I have been firmly in the same boat as you. However, I think it's foolish to operate freely on the internet with macOS versions that are too downrev. So, with these thoughts, a strong interest in Dark Mode, and "Catatonia" looming, I finally decided to upgrade to Mojave.

Meanwhile, I had long ago acquired iMazing in some kind of promotion, so it was there, needing an update, unused, but ready for a trial.

After my Mojave upgrade, yes, I have had to change my procedures. But I find iMazing has very fine tools for managing and backing up my iOS apps on my iPhone and iPad Pro. Notably, iMazing has an app update capability, but it is like watching paint dry; I think there's something wrong with it, to be candid.

I had always eschewed updating my iOS apps on the devices themselves, preferring to manage all that within iTunes. However, updating apps directly on the device is very fast and easy. And then you just back them up later. iMazing is so good that I would imagine Apple would be looking at them like a hungry wolf if Apple hadn't given up on, and discarded, their own clunky app management in iTunes.

iTunes has benefitted, too. The tedious, snail's pace iOS device backup process in iTunes has become actually "snappy" (a word I don't use much when describing iTunes). I assume this is because it no longer needs to look after the iOS apps. So, a small victory in Apple's seeming march towards mediocrity and homogeneity.
 



I was up to ten iOS apps that won't update in iTunes 12.6.5.3. So I called Apple about the "This item is temporarily unavailable" problem.

The tech I talked to had never heard of this issue before. She escalated to somebody senior. After much hemming and hawing and theorizing, she suggested I delete the offending apps from my iTunes library and redownload them. It worked. I'm a bit embarrassed I didn't think of doing that myself.

Now it remains to be seen what happens when those apps are updated again. On a side note, the senior tech was under the mistaken impression that all versions of iTunes prior to 12.9 are incompatible with devices running iOS 12.
I had a couple of similar "app unavailability" situations recently under Yosemite and iTunes 12.6.5.3.

More importantly to me, some of my songs disappeared from my iPhone, and I noted that iTunes (12.6.5.3) still had them as present on my MacBook Pro, but in the device pane there was a dotted circle in the far left column for a random 30 or so songs in a 500 song playlist and other such issues with other playlists.

Apparently this has become a "thing" at the Apple support site, and the only remedy is to erase the entire iPhone, reinstall the entire iOS, and then restore. Yes, this worked. But who needs it?

In the past, flaky behavior like this from downrev software from Apple--and other developers, to be fair--was an indication of future behavior that will become progressively even flakier. And you can see that even now, Apple's support people show only a faint interest in your problem and offer only the most "blunt tool" kind of advice.

That iTunes 12.6.5.3 deal is a stopgap at best, and I think it is just about played out. I tried iMazing and liked the apps syncing better than the best of iTunes; sorry I waited. There’s Apple's Configurator 2 app. Others may have different solutions. I upgraded to iTunes 12.8 along with Mojave and am happy with it.
 


I was up to ten iOS apps that won't update in iTunes 12.6.5.3. So I called Apple about the "This item is temporarily unavailable" problem.

The tech I talked to had never heard of this issue before. She escalated to somebody senior. After much hemming and hawing and theorizing, she suggested I delete the offending apps from my iTunes library and redownload them. It worked. I'm a bit embarrassed I didn't think of doing that myself.

Now it remains to be seen what happens when those apps are updated again. On a side note, the senior tech was under the mistaken impression that all versions of iTunes prior to 12.9 are incompatible with devices running iOS 12.
An update: I ran into the same problem that Rodney did. Once the offending apps are updated, I again get the error in iTunes. I have a question for those using iMazing. Can you manage apps the way we did in iTunes up to version 12.6? In other words, will it check for app updates, allow you to download them and then transfer them to your iOS device? Is the interface usable? Thanks.
 


I have a question for those using iMazing. Can you manage apps the way we did in iTunes up to version 12.6? In other words, will it check for app updates, allow you to download them and then transfer them to your iOS device? Is the interface usable?
Yes and yes, I've just tried it.

iMazing stores a backup of my iPhone, which it updates automatically over WiFi, if I tell it to. Selecting my phone in iMazing's list of managed devices shows me (among other choices in a clearly-formatted layout) a "Manage Apps" button. When I click that, I can choose to show either what's on the device, or to manage the device's entire library of apps, including those in the backup.

The "Library" choice gets me an easy-to-read list of apps and shows me which are installed, which can be downloaded, and which have an update available. There's a download button, which worked fine when I tried it. Selecting any app, or group of apps, from the list gives me the option to install it, or them, to the device. That worked fine, too.
 


Major thanks to everyone for suggesting iMazing as a replacement for iTunes 12.6.5.3 iOS app support, and for providing a great deal of helpful background -- enough that I felt comfortable making the leap to iMazing myself.

I hadn't realized how completely iMazing fills in for iTunes 12.6.5.3. Specifically, it can check the Apple iOS App store to see if there are updates for particular apps; and it can download the updates directly from the store, and store them in the iMazing app library (similar to ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications) on your Mac. Then, iMazing can install them on the iPhone.

I thought I was going to have to download the apps directly to the iPhone, then use iMazing to make copies on the iMac (which you can do as well, if you prefer that method.)

There are a number of nice iOS app management features: you can store multiple versions of a particular app in the iMazing app library; indicators show the version number of the app, as well as which version is currently installed on your phone. And the enhanced backup features are quite nice; it's much easier to extract data from an iMazing backup file (e.g., Notes, texts from Messages) for archival purposes.

There are still a few drawbacks to using iMazing instead of iTunes 12.6.5.3, but I think they're minor ones (and/or ones I'm going to have to deal with when iTunes goes away altogether):
  • While iMazing will detect when an update is available for an app, it won't provide the developer's notes of what's changed, or let me view the App Store reviews for the latest version, before installing the update. I have to first use the App Store on the iPhone for that.
  • I have both an iPad and an iPhone, and there are some apps (e.g., Things) that have separate iPhone and iPad versions. iTunes provided a way to only list apps supporting the specific device you're connected. iMazing doesn't do that -- though you can infer which is which, since iMazing shows which version is already installed on the current device.
Finally, a couple of things that I discovered when switching from iTunes 12.6.5.3 to iMazing 2, that might be of use to others making the transition:
  • 1-time task to do at the start: When iMazing first starts up, the iMazing app library is empty -- it doesn't automatically copy your iOS apps from ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications. (Nor should it, I think.) After reading the manual, the fastest and easiest way to do this is to:
    1. Connect your phone to iMazing, and then select Manage Apps on iMazing.
    2. Under the iMazing Manage Apps dialog, make sure the Library tab at the upper left (and not the Device tab) is selected.
    3. Open the old iTunes app directory ~/Music/iTunes/Mobile Applications in Finder.
    4. Select all the .ipa files in the Finder window that you want to copy to the iMazing app library.
    5. Drag them from the Finder to the window listing apps in the Manage Apps dialog.
  • After I started using iMazing, I wanted to update iTunes from 12.6.5.3 to the latest version. However, the App Store didn't provide me with an option under Updates for downloading the latest iTunes. (I'm on Sierra -- maybe this is specific to macOS 10.12.x.)
Anyway, I solved this by Googling "itunes installer"; I found the apple.com support page for iTunes 12.8.2, downloaded the installer, and installed it over 12.6.5.3.​
 


I've been having this problem, and after reading your post I went ahead and deleted all of the them and downloaded them again in iTunes. I just went into update apps and a new one just showed up and again the message popped up; "This item is temporarily unavailable". How frustrating.
I have been having the same problem for 2 or 3 weeks now. Sometimes, clicking on Update about a thousand times in a row will get the update to download; other times, that does not work at all. I just got one particularly stubborn app (Orbitz) to update by right-clicking on the app and selecting "Show in App Store". Just under the icon for the Orbitz app is a button that says Update. Clicking that solved my problem, and it removed the Orbitz app from the update area of iTunes. Yay!
 


I have been having the same problem for 2 or 3 weeks now. Sometimes, clicking on Update about a thousand times in a row will get the update to download; other times, that does not work at all. I just got one particularly stubborn app (Orbitz) to update by right-clicking on the app and selecting "Show in App Store". Just under the icon for the Orbitz app is a button that says Update. Clicking that solved my problem, and it removed the Orbitz app from the update area of iTunes. Yay!
Interestingly, all the apps that won't update the usual way will update in the way you have described. Very strange behavior indeed!
 


I just got one particularly stubborn app (Orbitz) to update by right-clicking on the app and selecting "Show in App Store". Just under the icon for the Orbitz app is a button that says Update. Clicking that solved my problem, and it removed the Orbitz app from the update area of iTunes. Yay!
Ha! No wonder I've never seen this problem. I always Show in App Store and then update. How else do you check for review comments warning that the upgrade does nothing but crash?
 



Since "upgrading" from High Sierra to Mojave 10.14.5, iTunes (12.9.5.5) gets stuck in "reading photos from..." when synchronizing with the iPhone (5S, 6S+ and 8).

The pictures are in standard folders, not in "Photos". It does not matter if the iPhone is connected through USB or if it's synchronizing via wifi. Before Mojave, everything worked OK.

Do you have any clue about what's happening?
 


Since "upgrading" from High Sierra to Mojave 10.14.5, iTunes (12.9.5.5) gets stuck in "reading photos from..." when synchronizing with the iPhone (5S, 6S+ and 8).
The pictures are in standard folders, not in "Photos". It does not matter if the iPhone is connected through USB or if it's synchronizing via wifi. Before Mojave, everything worked OK.
Do you have any clue about what's happening?
Are you sure it's "stuck"? My experience after recently upgrading to Mojave is that this step now takes a lot longer than before - several minutes sometimes - eventually moving to the next step or syncing photos, if there are new ones to sync. This delay happens even if there is no change to the Photos library.

I updated 1 month ago, and the delay still occurs - macOS 10.14.5, iTunes (12.9.5.5), iPhone (SE and 6S) + iPad Mini 4, with 33000+ photos but in the Photos app.

Maybe it will take even longer with a non-Photos library, because it appears now to be (re)scanning stuff every sync, whereas before I think it knew if there had been only a few/no changes to the library.

How long have you left it? How many photos are there to scan?
 


Over the last week I've found that some apps refuse to update in iTunes: "This item is temporarily unavailable. Try again later." But they never become available.
I've also been having the same problem for a while now. As others have mentioned, you can update the apps using "Show in App Store", but this is a royal PITA. Has anyone found a solution yet?
 


I've also been having the same problem for a while now. As others have mentioned, you can update the apps using "Show in App Store", but this is a royal PITA. Has anyone found a solution yet?
Since App management with iTunes 12.6 will be challenging in Mojave and impossible in Catalina, I decided to try iMazing instead. It works but with more steps than iTunes 12.6. Enhancement requests will be submitted. :-)

After installing iMazing and opening the App Management section, select the Library tab and then drag all of your .ipa files from the iTunes Mobile Applications folder to the iMazing Library window. Wait a long time for it to add the apps to its own folder. Once that's complete, you can check for and download updates here.

I picked up iMazing on a sale. I thought it was a great deal until the very next day when an even better deal (82% off) arrived in my Inbox, during Amazon Prime week. Arrgh.
 


Does anybody know the latest version of Mojave that will successfully run iTunes 12.6.5.3 (the last version to offer app management)?

I have been using a Mac Mini running macOS Mojave 10.14.1. I installed iTunes 12.6.5.3 and have been using it successfully. I haven't upgraded macOS, because I knew that iTunes would be upgraded. I just bought a new iMac that shipped with macOS 10.14.5. I disabled SIPS, installed iTunes 12.6.5.3 using Pacifist, but it wouldn't even launch. Has anybody used this version of iTunes with macOS 10.14.5 or later, or am I out of luck?
 


Does anybody know the latest version of Mojave that will successfully run iTunes 12.6.5.3 (the last version to offer app management)?
I have been using a Mac Mini running macOS Mojave 10.14.1. I installed iTunes 12.6.5.3 and have been using it successfully. I haven't upgraded macOS, because I knew that iTunes would be upgraded. I just bought a new iMac that shipped with macOS 10.14.5. I disabled SIPS, installed iTunes 12.6.5.3 using Pacifist, but it wouldn't even launch. Has anybody used this version of iTunes with macOS 10.14.5 or later, or am I out of luck?
I haven't tried macOS 10.14.6 yet but have successfully used iTunes 12.6.5.3 with macOS 10.14.4.

Also, this thread discusses iTunes and Mojave. It's many pages long and worth reading in its entirety to see how folks have dealt with this issue. Bottom line is iTunes 12.6.5.3 can work with macOS 10.14.6.
 


Does anybody know the latest version of Mojave that will successfully run iTunes 12.6.5.3 (the last version to offer app management)?
I have been using this version of iTunes with macOS 10.14.5. However, every Mojave update requires me to monkey with the info.plist file inside the 12.6.5 package.

Initially, copying the info.plist from the Mojave version of iTunes to 12.6.5 allowed the 12.6.5 version to work. I followed the same procedure for the macOS 10.14.5 Mojave update (initially, iTunes 12.6.5 had the "no" symbol in the Finder; I keep this version in my home Applications directory) but it only worked on first launch. I had to return to the 12.6.5 info.plist file in place before the Mojave update in order to get that version of iTunes to work.

I think it matters if the Mojave update also brings a new version of iTunes. For what it is worth, I also put the iPodUpdater.framework from iTunes 12.6.5 into the Mojave iTunes package a while ago (following a suggestion from the web) and that has remained, at least through macOS 10.14.5.

There is a long discussion of the issue here. Cut to the chase (last few pages of discussion) for some supposed success stories.
 


I have been using this version of iTunes with macOS 10.14.5. However, every Mojave update requires me to monkey with the info.plist file inside the 12.6.5 package.
Initially, copying the info.plist from the Mojave version of iTunes to 12.6.5 allowed the 12.6.5 version to work. I followed the same procedure for the macOS 10.14.5 Mojave update (initially, iTunes 12.6.5 had the "no" symbol in the Finder; I keep this version in my home Applications directory) but it only worked on first launch. I had to return to the 12.6.5 info.plist file in place before the Mojave update in order to get that version of iTunes to work.
I think it matters if the Mojave update also brings a new version of iTunes. For what it is worth, I also put the iPodUpdater.framework from iTunes 12.6.5 into the Mojave iTunes package a while ago (following a suggestion from the web) and that has remained, at least through macOS 10.14.5.
There is a long discussion of the issue here. Cut to the chase (last few pages of discussion) for some supposed success stories.
Thank you, M Young. I checked out your link, followed the instructions to the letter, and have iTunes 12.6.5.3 up and running smoothly on Mojave 10.14.6.

It's a little more involved than the previous method, which simply involved installing with Pacifist and replacing a couple of files. All I had to do in addition to running the two scripts was to replace the iTunes Library.itl file with a file from the Previous iTunes Libraries folder (renaming it iTunes Library.itl of course).

After the update, I moved the iTunes application to ~/Application,s so hopefully it will survive a future Mojave update. I have no intention of upgrading to Catalina until they stop providing security updates for Mojave.
 


All I had to do in addition to running the two scripts was to replace the iTunes Library.itl file with a file from the Previous iTunes Libraries folder (renaming it iTunes Library.itl of course).
Glad to hear you are in business. Note that you might have to repeat the replacement of the .itl file if you accidentally launch the newer version of iTunes. Time Machine is great for this. I renamed the 12.6.5 version, so I am sure I am launching the desired version from Spotlight (and, blessedly, Spotlight has apparently learned my preference, and this is always the top result when I type "iTunes" into the Spotlight search field). I also had to select "Prevent iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically" in iTunes preferences (either version seemed to work) to prevent the newer version from starting up when I connected my iPhone or iPad.
 


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