OSX Yosemite upgrade + iTunes 12.0.1 = unhappy child :o(

In the last couple of weeks I have upgraded my MacBook Pro to the latest version of OSX Yosemite (v10.10). This has come with a few little niggles and a couple of things I'm not sure I like, but the biggest problem is that iTunes failed to start up. This was becoming an issue as my daughter had just purchased a new album on the iTunes store and wanted it uploaded to her iPod. Her increasing impatience and my frustration at not having everything working on my MacBook forced me into action and digging a little further into the problem.

Looking in the console (Launch Pad, Other, Console) showed the following error line.

com.apple.xpc.launchd[1]: (com.apple.iTunes.150552[10123]) Service exited with abnormal code: 1

When, eventually, I managed to ask Apple about it, having contacted them for something else, they said I should re-install iTunes. Again. (sigh)

So this time I followed this procedure and it's finally working. Your mileage may vary, but this has worked for me.

  1. Open the Activity Monitor (LaunchPad, Other, Activity Monitor)
  2. Force Quit the iTunes Helper app (I had multiply ones running, so quit them all)
  3. Install the iTunes .pkg from the Apple website.
  4. Force Quit the iTunes Helper again after install
  5. Shut Down the MacBook
  6. Start again (watch for the progress bar, that’s the fix for permissions working)
  7. Start iTunes
  8. Breathe a sigh of releif! ;o)

I hope that my daughter will be happy when she gets home from school and her new album is available on her iPod. ;o)