When iTunes 10 was announced a week or so ago, not only did it come with some changes, but it came with a brand new logo. Apple’s statement for the change was that since iTunes was moving away from CD’s and more to digital music, they felt it was time to change the logo. This made a lot of sense to me. But, I think what Apple didn’t expect after this announcement was how many people didn’t like the new iTunes icon. Before you knew it, there were iTunes replacement icons being made up all over the internet.
I honestly kind of liked the new iTunes 10 icon, but curiosity got the best of me to see what other icons were out there. I started to research other icons and ways to replace my icons. As I found out, it is not as easy as I thought it was going to be to change my iTunes icon. There was a lot of technical stuff that I needed to do that got way over my head. So then my next option was to search for an easier way to install new icons. This was my inspiration for this post. I am all about ease of use and doing it for free if at all possible.
Candybar, is an application made by the guys over at Panic, that lets you change your icons on your Mac with ease. Let me demonstrate this for you. The first thing you are going to want to do is download Candybar. You can download the full app for free for 15 days or you can pay $30 to buy the application. I felt the 15 day trial was more than enough as I just wanted to experiment changing my icons and this was not something that I wanted to do all the time. After you download and install Candybar on your Mac, your next job is to go and find icons for your Mac that you want to replace. For the sake of this post, I will stick with iTunes.
Being that I am all about free, I scoured the web for free iTunes icon replacements. Here are a few places that I found that have some pretty good icon replacements.
– iconpaper.org: great site that has a lot of icons, wallpapers, etc. My only gripe with the site is that it is really slow.
– deviantart.com: Good, but not as many choices as iconpaper
– iconfinder.com: good site, strictly icons
– Pixel Resort: This is a paid icon site, but the designer put up some free iTunes icons.
Once I found the one that I liked, I made sure to save it to my Mac. Something to keep in mind is that your icon must be saved as a .icns file in order for it to work with Candybar. Most sites that I visited had their icons in this format. If they are in a different format you can use this website called iconverticons , which changes the file to an icon file so that you can use it. Here is the icon I chose as my iTunes replacement.
Once this is done, you can now open up Candybar. When you open up Candybar, you are going to want to choose the Applications tab in the top left corner of the app as pointed out below. You will then see all of your Application icons as you can see below. Find your iTunes icon. As you can see, mine is already changed to the new icon. On your screen, you will see your old iTunes icon. From here you can drag your new iTunes icon right over the old iTunes icon in Candybar and the icon will change to the new one. You will then be asked if you are sure you want to do this. Click “yes”. Then, you will have to restart your computer so the changes take effect.
If you have your iTunes in you dock, you will have to take it out of your dock. You can do this by dragging and dropping it somewhere outside of your dock. Then you can open up iTunes from your Applications folder, and then you will see the new icon. From here you can keep the new iTunes in your dock by right clicking on the icon, then choosing “Options”, then selecting “Keep In Dock”. Then you should be good to go with a new iTunes logo. It is really pretty easy and you don’t have to fool around with all of the technical stuff to change your icon.
Once I found the ease of use with Candybar, I started to fool around with some of my other icons as well. As you can see from the picture below, I changed in order from left to right, my Safari, Chrome, and Firefox icons. I actually kind of like these. They are pretty cool in my opinion.
The nice thing about Candybar is that you can literally change all of the icons on your Mac from within the application. This can really get time consuming, but fun to be able to customize your icons and impress your friends. I would highly recommend going this route if you want to change a few of your icons. And like I had mentioned earlier, with Candybar giving you a full 15 day trial, I would take advantage of that. If you still want to change your icons after 15 days, then you still have the option of buying the app if you want.
I hope this helps you in quest to change your iTunes icon or any other icon on your Mac. Have fun. Feel free to post screenshots of your different icons in the comments section. I always love to see what others have in their dock!