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How to stop iTunes from launching when using Keyboard media keys

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  • sinkingfish Calculating status...
    Apple please please sort this out. Listening to spotify and i try to pause it and iTunes launches. ***!
    Macbook Unibody 13', Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • botr Calculating status...
    Pathetic feature Apple, please remove it and split up iTunes in a simple Music Player, a Sync app and move the iTunes store to a website, so I can at least navivate and search the way I want to.

    Somehow I think that the address book, calendar app, text editing, mail application and browser will also be added to iTunes, because that way we can more "easily" sync our iPod with iTunes.

    Sad and annoying feature.
    Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.1), N/A
  • cliveports Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    iTunes 9.0.1 wont have fixed it because it's not an iTunes problem; it's a fundamental OSX problem!
    iMac intel 24", 2009 Model, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • RMatz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem here. Come on, Apple! Why would I want iTunes to open and play a song when I've got VLC playing in full screen with a video? How did this slip past beta phases of Snow Leopard?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • radiv78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The thing here is that Apple doesn't really support third party application to use the media keys. As far as I can see there is absolutly nothing in the SDK about this.
    Spotify and VLC have done a little job trapping the keys and programed their applications to respond to these keys.

    Apple have made this new "feature" in OSX 10.6 that opens iTunes when none of the other supported applications is open. I'm pretty sure that this is not a bug.

    They haven't thought/cared about third party applications, since they are useing a feature that is not supported.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • cliveports Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    But I have the same problem with the remote (see other threads about this) where I used to use the Remote for Logic, now itunes keeps starting up so its not an issue of 3rd party support - its a fundamental OSX BUG.
    iMac intel 24", 2009 Model, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • radiv78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    yeah, but Apple doesn't have third party support for the remote either. it is the same buttons as on the keyboard
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • cliveports Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Logic isnt 3rd party its Apple... The fact is they screwed up in Snow Leopard and need to fix it.
    iMac intel 24", 2009 Model, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • biskitwheels Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The thing here is, I don't care about 3rd party applications. What is so troubling is how they have forced this key to launch an application they want us to use, and I can't turn it off.

    You are right, this is not a bug. It is Apple cramming their products down our throats. Microsoft got busted for doing this, Apple should get busted for doing this, if not busted, at least shamed into giving us control of our user experience back.
  • radiv78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well, I have a feeling that Apple will come with an update to Logic to solve that issue.
    I still think they will want to let the play key open iTunes when no other Apple applications are open.

    biskitwheels is right. They want us to use their own products.


    ...but let's hope I'm wrong
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • washilla Calculating status...
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    Sep 24, 2009 10:30 PM (in response to William Brawley)
    i just went to SYSTEM >LIBRARY >CORE SERVICES and deleted front row for now. hulu works great just like it did in 10.5! maybe if apple decides to let us control our computers again i'll reinstall it. i liked front row.

    but...

    i don't know if apple will fix this or not. i think they force an itunes launch to remind us it would be easier to just buy a tv show from itunes instead of using hulu for free.

    i thought apple was the company of "think different" but they are becoming microsoft real quick. you disappoint me apple.

    this is a reason i bought an android phone and not an iphone. i don't need apple to "improve" my user experience like this.
    powermac g5, macbook, mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • cliveports Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 25, 2009 1:31 AM (in response to washilla)
    I'm happy to use Apple products BUT I want control of my mac, I DONT WANT Apple deciding what happens when I hit play on my remote; expecting logic to start only to find not only does Logic start its playback but itunes starting to play in the background as well so you can imagine the noise AND THE FRUSTRATION.

    Surely the number of posts on this and other threads and other sites should be sending a message to Apple or have they gone completely Microsoft and don't give a **** about their customers?

    Apple have started to significantly increase their share of the personal computer market, but they better watch out because if they behave the same as 'the competition' then people will just buy the CHEAPER PCs since there will no longer be the differentiator we all love. (And are willing to pay more for).
    iMac intel 24", 2009 Model, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Lord Kamina Calculating status...
    andrew pz's fix doesn't work for me.

    iTunes doesn't open when other applications are open, true. But it doesn't open without them either... Any clue how to fix this?

    (9.01)
    Macbook 2.0GHz, 2gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
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