My oldish MacMini has a fresh install of Yosemite (OSX 10.10.5). I go to iTunes, check for updates, and request to download 12.8.1.

MacOS then sends my to app store updates, suggesting an update which includes macOS High Sierra (see screenshot).

Is there a way to install the new iTunes without installing all these updates?

  • Did you ever 'purchase' El Capitan? If it's in your history, that might be a better place to 'hold station' if you don't want the Sierras. If so, see apple.stackexchange.com/questions/309399/… otherwise you won't be able to access it. – Tetsujin Jun 27 at 16:46
  • No, I did not. But would this work?: support.apple.com/kb/dl1885?locale=en_US – minisaurus Jun 27 at 16:54
  • No - see the linked question above. It is almost impossible to [officially] get hold of an older macOS/OS X if you don't already have it/own it. A combo updater will not work to upgrade to El Cap, only to update a lower minor version of El Cap. – Tetsujin Jun 27 at 16:56

Always check out Apple Support


There is a link to a 10.10.5 compatible version of iTunes 12.8.2. You must click this link for the 10.10.5 compatible version.


The 'Read before you install iTunes' document that is within the DMG states that 10.10.5 is supported on this version of iTunes.

  • When I try to install it, it says "This software is not supported on your system"!? – minisaurus Jun 27 at 16:38
  • Not to be picky, but the actual DL link is to 12.8.1 for 10.10.5 - that would tell me 12.8.2 won't run on Yosemite. – Tetsujin Jun 27 at 16:39
  • I downloaded the "10.10.5 users download iTunes 12.8.1 here" version, that's the one that gave the error – minisaurus Jun 27 at 16:49
  • you need to download the iTunes that is found in the link "10.10.5 users download iTunes 12.8.1 here". I posted that link above in the answer. This version is supported by your MacOS within the included docs, so perhaps a call to Apple is needed – cmason Jun 27 at 18:06
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    I had downloaded that one. However, it appears I needed to install the Security Update 2017-003 10.10.5 first - which was in the list of suggestions from the App Store. After I installed the Security Update the "10.10.5 users download iTunes 12.8.1 here" install then worked. – minisaurus Jun 28 at 14:41

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