The other day I was setting up my blueberry clamshell iBook G3/300 to be a Mac OS 9-only machine, and as I was installing a minimal but complete set of applications and utilities, I thought I could very well add to the mix the last iTunes version compatible with Mac OS 9, iTunes 2.0.4.
Since the version of Mac OS 9.2.2 installed on the iBook is in English, and the copy of the iTunes 2 installer I had at the ready was in Italian, the software wouldn’t install (ah, the not-good old times of non-multilingual system software applications!) — So I figured I could do a quick web search to download the English installer.
Of course, one of the first hits was Apple’s own website, the Support page called iTunes 2.0.4 for Mac OS 9: Information and Download. The problem is that the download link is broken and you land on a blank page. So I searched my archives more thoroughly and found it inside a backup of the old hard drive of my late iMac G3.
I thought it would be nice to make it available for download for other vintage Mac enthusiasts. I know you can probably find it elsewhere on the Web, but at least I’m a trustworthy source, and you know that what you’re downloading is genuine. (This is the same installer I’ve used to install iTunes 2 on my iBook.)
The file is a BIN archive. Once you’ve downloaded it, StuffIt Expander (which you’ll surely have installed on your Mac) will decode the file and extract the Self-Mounting disk Image (iTunes_2.0.4_Installer.smi). Double-click on it and inside you’ll find the VISE iTunes installer. Double-click it and follow the on-screen instructions.
For detailed System Requirements, refer to the aforementioned Apple Support page, but in short, if your Mac has built-in USB and runs Mac OS 9.0.4 at the very least, you’re good to go.