Since iTunes 12 was released to public with OS X Yosemite, users never stop complaining about bugs when updating their iTunes to the latest one. Some said iTunes 12 froze their computer, some were shocked by that iTunes 12 even removed their album art, some others told how iTunes 12 crashed every time they opened it and numerous other problems flooded. These problems happening on different computers are so diverse that working out solutions to solve all of them is hardly possible. But temporary methods to solve crashing problem of iTunes 12 can still be found. Users can stay away from crashing problem of iTunes 12 in two ways in the following.
UPDATE: Apple has released iTunes 12.5. You can feel free to upgrade to the latest iTunes 12.5 or later version if you met problem on running iTunes 12.
This way is a relatively effective way to make you stand outside the problems of iTunes 12. You can revert back to the version that has ever worked on your computer and update to the newest when Apple fixes the existing bugs. Let us see first how to download and install old version of iTunes on your computer.
1. Download old versions of iTunes
1) From oldapps.com you can download iTunes 4.1 to iTunes 11.4 for installation on your computer.
2) To install Version 12.0.1 of iTunes, you can download it from the following links:
2. Double-click the downloaded installing file of iTunes and start the installing process.
3. Following the installing guide where you will be asked to accept the user license agreement and choose the folder to store iTunes until it is finished.
4. Go to find and open iTunes in the above folder to launch to have a try.
If you want to stick to iTunes 12 even though it crashes frequently, backup your iTunes library elsewhere like hard drive, external hard disk and Google Drive will protect you from great loss and redownloading. After backuping, your iTunes library can also be played with other media players like VLC, Windows Media Player and other non-Apple media players and devices. Let us then see how to backup your iTunes Library.
Step 1: Download and install M4VGear Backup Tool for iTunes library. Mac and Windows version are both available.
Introduction of M4VGear: M4VGear Backup Tool for iTunes Library for Windows is the best and fastest Backup Tool for iTunes library. It can remove DRM from both iTunes purchased and rented videos at a 20X faster speed and convert them to unprotected MP4, AVI, MOV and etc videos so that you can backup them to hard drive, Google Drive or play them with non-Apple media players and devices. (Using Mac OS? Here is M4VGear iTunes Library backup tool for Mac.)
In the DRM Removing process, all subtitles and audio tracks including 5.1 audio track will be preserved. Besides, original quality will stay inside the output MP4 videos.
Step 2: Import the iTunes videos you want to backup from iTunes library to M4VGear by clicking the "Add Movies" button on the main interface. You are allowed to select videos as many as you like for backuping.
Step 3: Click "Convert" button on Windows or on Mac to start converting iTunes videos to MP4 format for backuping. During the process, controlling iTunes is not allowed in case some errors may happen.
Note: You can also choose other video formats as output from the output profile list.
Step 4: Go to the output folder located in the bottom left of M4VGear and find output MP4 videos. Then either transfer them to hard drive or Google Drive for backuping or play them with non-Apple media player or devices when iTunes 12 crashes.
>>To use M4VGear without conversion time limitation, please go to M4VGear store to buy a license.
Conclusion: If you are meeting problem on using iTunes 12, you can easily fix it by taking the two methods above, either with installing old iTunes version, or using M4VGear to backup the iTunes library.
If you are Apple Music subscriber and also want to enjoy Apple Music on various players. Here we recommend that you can try Sidify Apple Music Converter, which enables you to convert Apple Music tracks to plain MP3, AAC, FLAC and WAV format losslessly at 20X speed, while keeping all the ID tags and metadata.