It's easier to show than tell – see this screenshot:

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Here's what I have already looked into:

  • Preferences: no settings that (seem to) apply here;

  • Universal Access: in particular, "Assistive Devices" – my first thought was that I had inadvertently used a keyboard shortcut that triggered this mode which is in fact an option under Assistive Devices

  • Deleted & Reinstalled iTunes: including the cache, temporary files in
    ~/Library/Application Support and ~/Library/iTunes

I have also surfed the Apple Support forums, and indeed, there are several posts about this, but all of them unanswered.


It looks like you have High Contrast Mode switched on for iTunes. To switch this off, quit iTunes and type the following in Terminal:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes high-contrast-mode-enable -bool no

or alternatively:

defaults delete com.apple.iTunes high-contrast-mode-enable

Then restart iTunes...

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