Please note that this is a work in progress. There may be better methods to optimising iTunes under WINE but these are the best so far. If you know of something that could be improved here please let us know.
NOTE 1: your screen might turn black during installs, don't panic, just move
your mouse around and you will be able to see windows gradually.
Switching workspaces also fixes this.
NOTE 2: The installers will most likely record that they have failed. It should be fine for now though.
1) You might need to use Archive Manager, rar, or WinRar to extract AppleApplicationSupport.msi from the iTunesSetup.exe. Recent tests have not required this, but older versions of WINE seems to still need the extraction.
2) Make sure that your WINE config is set to Windows 7 (your screen might turn black during installs, don't panic, just move your mouse around and you will be able to see windows gradually. Switching workspaces also fixes this.)
3) Run AppleApplicationSupport.msi
4) Once that finishes run iTunesSetup. When it asks you if you want to turn autorun on, select no. iTunes will complain about this later (every time it's launched...) but if you select yes the installer will crash.
5) Switch your WINE configurations windows version to Windows 7.
6) Run iTunes
Check back here often as we will try to keep this up to date in accordance to advancements and suggestions.
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iTunes 10 works for me (mostly)!
by Stephen on Saturday December 27th 2014, 9:59
iTunes 10.6.3 (installed with PlayOnLinux) is the only version I've installed with which you can access the iTunes Store. With iTunes, I've bought several movies, TV shows and songs through the store and can play them back. I've tried installing iTunes versions 11 and 12, but can't access the store with them.
It's not perfect (e.g., if I'm watching a movie and want to check the Internet, I can minimize the iTunes screen, but when I go back, the video's picture is gone. I then have to exit out of iTunes and go back in).
Syncing the iPod doesn't work (but, there are other programs (gtkpod) that will do that), nor does CD burning. Everything else I do with iTunes, however, works.
ITunes screen blank
by Anne Racel on Thursday January 5th 2012, 5:40
My installation went smoother than expected. I simply downloaded the 32-bit version, changed my Wine to Windows 7, right-clicked on the download and opened with Wine. I unchecked all the boxes for song playing, etc. and let it install. But when I launch it, I see the menus at the top and left bar. But the main screen itself is blank. Am I missing something?
I am running on a 64-bit box. But when I tried to do the same with the 64-bit version, nothing happened.
by Olive on Sunday July 10th 2011, 2:15
I have succeded to intall itunes 10.3 under wine 1.3.24 (archlinux current on 10 July 2011) in the following way:
1) Extract the msi files from the installer as follow (unrar did not recognize it as a RAR archive). Run wine iTunesSetup.exe. When it ask you to accept the licence, kill wine (wineserver -k 9) (not just click exit as it will remove temporary files); go and fetch the msi files in a temporary directory (do not remember the name; find -iname "*.msi" ).
Then I try several variants:
1) install QuickTime.msi
2) install iTunes.msi
II) install al the msi files.
I have always the same result. itunes run but crash often. In particular when I try to access the store. Accessing the store is the only thing I can't do natively under linux. So for me this is quite useless.
Getting iTunes To Install
by Andrew Riker on Monday July 4th 2011, 17:43
Thanks for telling us more about what you tried. Did you run wine Config (winecfg) before you tried installing? If so, what version of Windows is Wine set as? I've had the most luck with the Windows 7 version.
Seems to want to be installed and run in win7 mode
by Dan Kegel on Saturday July 2nd 2011, 16:04
I installed the app in a clean wineprefix,
but set win7 mode in winecfg first.
App installed and ran well enough to listen
to internet radio stations, local .mp3's,
and to watch video trailers in the iTunes Store.
Didn't try buying anything.
I don't have an iPod or iPhone or iWhatever, so I didn't try
the (probably not working) usb support.
It did complain on startup that the app was not properly
installed and would be unable to burn discs.
Well this isn't working.
by Otto Bond on Tuesday May 17th 2011, 19:16
Okay so I need some help here. I am using WINE 1.3.20 in UBUNTU NATTY N. and It displays the classic error message of
Apple Application Support was not found.
Apple Application Support is required to run iTunes. Please uninstall iTunes again.
Error 2(Windows error 2)
And that happens every time. I have done it in Maverick too. I am using 10.2.2 I think if that is what I am submitting this to. I have whatever I am submitting to. I have also tried reinstalling repairing and redownloading none of which work. Anyone have any suggestions?
cant run iTunes 10.2.2
by Francisco Barahona on Sunday April 24th 2011, 1:02
Hi folks; ive installed iTunes 10.2.2 following every step in ur tutorial above, but it doesnt run!! :( i install the packages in the order u wrote, the software installs well but it doesnt run..i got some critical error..could u help me? i use WINE 1.3.17. and im installing iTunes 10.2.2.
External drive issues
by Brett on Wednesday February 2nd 2011, 10:58
iTunes installed and is up and running with few issues, however, when I attempt to search for media on an external hard drive, the application crashes consistently. Additionally, the "Add Folder to Library..." feature doesn't appear to work, but the "Add File..." does.
Avoiding distnoted.exe errors
by Michael Braxner on Monday January 24th 2011, 2:18
There does seem to be a quick albeit awkward fix to avoid the continues distnoted.exe segfault errors, and subsequent 'left-overs' piling up.
distnote.exe appears to be started by AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe, which in turn is triggered by iTunes itself.
Upon starting iTunes (10.1.1.4), simply KILL the distnoted.exe entries (there should be two of them), as well as the AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe (just filter for apple, and all three should come up).
iTunes will simply re-start the AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe, so no harm is done (and USB support doesn't exist anyway), but the re-started version does not seem to have any problems running distnoted.exe --- no more segfaults ;)