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Install iTunes 7.2 in Ubuntu and other Linux distros

itunes logoiTunes is a media player that is available only for Windows and Mac OS X but also can be run in Linux with Wine. Certainly we’re interested in latter operating system :). The following manual shows how to get iTunes 7.2 running in Linux with wine 0.9.45.

To install latest version of wine download corresponding binary package for you Linux distribution from here. Packages for Ubuntu Feisty are available here.

  1. Install deb package:
    sudo dpkg -i wine_0.9.45~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb
  2. Configure by running winecfg command in terminal:
    • In Applications tab, choose Windows XP option.
    • In Drivers tab, click Autodetect button.
    • In Audio tab, check ALSA Driver and uncheck OSS Driver.

    Then click OK button.

After wine is installed we should get latest iTunes from here and get it installed.

  1. Run in terminal:
    wine iTunesSetup.exe
  2. Install iTunes as you do it in Windows or Mac OS X
  3. Run it with command:
    wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe

itunes in linux

Screenshot is taken from here.

Update: recently I came across really comprehensive post about how to run iTunes in Ubuntu/Linux. The author tells there about all known approaches to gain access to iTunes under Ubuntu/Linux. The post can be found here.

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My name is Stefan, I'm the admin of LinuxScrew. I am a full-time Linux/Unix sysadmin, a hobby Python programmer, and a part-time blogger. I post useful guides, tips, and tutorials on common Linux and Programming issues. Feel free to reach out in the comment section.

44 thoughts on “Install iTunes 7.2 in Ubuntu and other Linux distros”

  1. hello, I get lots of errors and the install fails. would you mind having a look if I can send you the output from the terminal where I ran wine iTunes743Setup.exe from?

  2. Hello admin,

    I ran iTunes.exe with Wine from the terminal line like it was said and nothing happened after that. It just produced a long list of lines stating Register dump, Stack dump, and Backtrace. What else there is to do after that?

  3. Yeah, this’d probably work except that all the latest versions of iTunes install auto-update regardless of whether you check the box or not, and my ubuntu hangs at registering for the automation server. Damn their eyes. =1 When do you think they’re gonna get around to supporting their hardware (iPods) on Ubuntu and other linux distros by compiling a working version? Probably never, since they’d have to release some of the source code for that to happen… Bastids.

  4. GUys while I was trying to install iTune I got this

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    Whotta hell is this?????

    Thank you

  5. got a whole load of errors including:

    wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not found

    paul@paul-desktop:~$ err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    preloader: Warning: failed to reserve range 00000000-60000000

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

    preloader: Warning: failed to reserve range 00000000-60000000

    err:dosmem:setup_dos_mem Cannot use first megabyte for DOS address space, please report

  6. It worked fine with me.

    I'm running Fedora 9 and using wine 1.0-1.fc9 and itunes 7.7. The installation went well, I could even access the itunes store. I haven't tried to sync my ipod yet, but so far…

    Thanks admin

  7. I can't get my ipod to show up in itunes. It only shows on the desk top. Rhythmbox does open and play music from it. Is there a way to get the ipod to show up in itunes?


  8. Well I just tried your instructions, using Ubuntu Intrepid (8.10a4) and wine_1.1.3~winehq0~ubuntu~8.04-0ubuntu1_i386.deb and it worked!! Thank you very much.

  9. Hey guys, I just started using linux and I have fedora 10

    im not quiet sure how you do step :

    sudo dpkg -i wine_0.9.45~winehq0~ubuntu~7.04-1_i386.deb

    like do I input it some where or?

  10. To run an ipod on Ubuntu 8.10 you dont need iTunes. Just use Rithym (or how ever you spell it) box music player and it will all work fine u can add songs and do everything like iTunes and just using limewire to download all your songs.



  11. Hi friends, when iTunes starts to install it says:

    iTunes Installer Completed

    The installer encountered errors before iTunes could be


    Your system has not been modified. To retry these

    operations at a later time, please run the installer again.

    So I have but the same error message as well as it doesn't create the folder

    iTunes in c:Program filesiTunes

    Any help?? I've just started with Linux, Ubuntu and love it! but I need some help.


  12. The iTunes.exe file is not found on the Program Files directory. Any ideas? I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty J.

    All else went fine.


  13. I follow everything i got itunes and quicktime to download but i can only find quicktimes program. What did i do wrong?

  14. Hi,

    Ubuntu 8.04 – Hardy

    kern 2.6.24-24

    Gnome 2.22.3

    Wine is installing fine, and the configuration seems to work as well.

    When I run the command

    it is running through the windows install of iTunes, but it is failing in the end with this message:

    err:msi:ITERATE_StartService Failed to start service L"Bonjour Service"

    err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallFinalize" returned 1627

    err:msi:custom_get_thread_return Invalid Return Code 1627

    err:msi:ITERATE_Actions Execution halted, action L"InstallPackages" returned 1603

    fixme:shell:DllCanUnloadNow stub

    Afterwards when I try to start it, it is giving me:

    ~$ wine ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe

    wine: cannot find '/home/mads/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/iTunes/iTunes.exe'

    and indeed the directory under ~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/ is not there.

    ("~/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/QuickTime" and other dirs ARE there!)

    What am I doing wrong??


  15. I have NO clue what i’m doing but everytime i try to download wine 0.9.45 it says “Error: Dependency is not satisfiable libldap2(>=2.1.17-1)
    What the heck does this mean? and how do i download the right one so i can run iTunes?

  16. When I got to the last bit, I couldn’t get it to work. I entered “wine iTunesSetup.exe” in the terminal, and “wine: Module not found” was the response. What can I do to fix this?

  17. I tried Rhythmbox before and it worked fine for my wife’s iPod shuffle, but after I tried it with my iPod 8GB Nano all my songs, podcasts and videos were inaccessible. It knew they were there, but I think the encryption by Apple meant my iPod couldn’t read them. So I’ve been trying the instructions here and I’m getting the same problem as Eddie and Stephanie with the Module Not Found error message! Help – I’m suffering iPod withdrawal symptoms!

  18. I got up to the point of running iTunes.exe but it tells me

    “bash: c/Documents/iTunesSetup.exe: No such file or directory”

    I am in Term in the directory of the .exe, I think my problem is not knowing how to properly run the file… just type iTunesSetup.exe or do I need to c/Documents/iTunesSetup.exe or what?

  19. I got wine installed but can't get Itunes keep getting this message wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not fou Any suggestions? If so keep them simple I don't get this ubuntu stuff

  20. ive managed to configure wine but every time i type in the terminal wine iTunesSetup .exe it always comes up with wine: could not load L"C:\windows\system32\iTunesSetup.exe": Module not found

    any help???

    • You should find where the file was saved to, such as “/home/username/Downloads” .
      – Once found, in Terminal, type “CD /home/username/Downloads”.
      – Once you are in the same folder as the “iTunesSetup.exe” file, you can type the “wine iTunesSetup.exe” command, to begin the installation.
      There is no reason to move the install file…

  21. It's because the install file of iTunes is not in the folder C:Windowssystem32. You can copy the downloaded file and paste it in that folder and you will have no more problems.


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