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How to stop iTunes from launching when using Keyboard media keys

263714 Views 296 Replies Latest reply: Mar 23, 2014 6:39 AM by CaptPicard RSS
  • Lord Kamina Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do not understand why people find it so repulsive that iTunes serves as a store and music player.

    Seriously, I think other than this whole ****** remote issue (which is unjustifiable), iTunes is a great application. Granted, it doesn't run very good on PC, but since I've been using a mac, I like it a lot.

    Also, FLAC is really overrated. Most people cannot really hear the difference between a correctly encoded mp3 and FLAC, not to mention that mp3 is still superior because it's a STANDARD format that can be played anywhere by anything.
    Macbook 2.0GHz, 2gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • poddster Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    OK looking to get back on topic...

    I understand that a program called Remote Buddy may solve 'ownership' problems with remote controls - apparently their code doesn't rely on Apple's, so Snow Leopard didn't have any impact on their software. It's not free but looks very well-featured. I haven't tried it, but perhaps someone who has can give us their thoughts?

    http://www.iospirit.com/products/remotebuddy

    And no I don't think we should have to pay to get around this problem, I'm just looking for solutions...
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM
  • Lord Kamina Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Like I said, best solution I've found so far is the changing of the iTunes executable... I just added mplayer, vlc, quicktime, plex, whatever could use the remote to the script and iTunes won't launch if any of those apps are open and this allows me to control both them and iTunes with the remote.
    Macbook 2.0GHz, 2gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • George Frazee Calculating status...
    I can't believe more people aren't up in arms over this. This is absolutely disgraceful on Apple's part.

    Hulu has had a message up on their forums that they are "working" on this, but it's already been over a month.

    I had planned on buying a Mac Mini to use as a media center with my 23" display in my room, to run Hulu, Boxee, Frontrow, and whatever else I might have added. I will not give Apple my money for a deliberately crippled product. I'll have to buy a small PC/Linux box instead. At this point, it looks like this "feature" is here to stay, and unless I'm wrong on that, Apple has lost me as a long term customer. Good job, scumbags. I used to think the "Windows, not walls" campaign was an exaggerated joke. Leave it to Apple to make that stupid slogan right on the money.

    Disappointing.
  • G Bell Calculating status...
    I've stumbled on a possible work around for people wanting to use the apple remote with applications other than apples own, it doesn't work with all applications & requires access to 2 apple remotes. It's really quite simple:-
    1) Bind the remote you don't want to work with your non-apple applications to your machine.
    2) Use the remote you didn't bind to control other applications, you're mileage will vary & I assume this is to do with how the application is getting the remote signals. On my iMac XBMC, VLC & mplayer respond to the remote when they are the focused app, Ecoute will always take remote input even if it isn't the application in focus. The two applications I tried which don't respond to the remote are birdsong & spotify.

    The remote you bound to your machine will control Front Row, iTunes & QT.
    iMac 24", 3.06GHz, nVidia GT 120, 4GB ram, 500GB HDD
  • EkoZulu Calculating status...
    Oscar's Solution has worked for me, but FYI, media Playback via Apple Remote won't work if any more bugs occur as a result, I'll post to inform.

    Message was edited by: EkoZulu
    Macbook Pro 17 inch, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • i.am.ninjasmurf Calculating status...
    greetings, adding my 2 cents of disappointment over this issue as well. when i first got my mac, i thought of the remote as apple saying they loved us: "here yo go little buddy, relax on the couch with all the pillows and comforter and watch a movie. i want you to be comfortable." so for me, to have this feature taken away is like taking away the love. i was hoping that the remote was going to be more powerful in SL. i wanted it to be able to play and pause videos in web browsers. not only did it not get a new feature set, but it was crippled. i don't have an opinion about Apple's reasons for doing this. i do have an opinion about what they should do now that so many users are frustrated. that is listen to us. i think apple is good about doing that. i return to my hope to have an app that gives a full customizable feature set for their included remote. sorry apple, i can't afford an iPhone to do this. have a hilarious day.

    Message was edited by: i.am.ninjasmurf
    imac 7,1, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Wart Calculating status...
    One more request to get rid of this 'feature'. Just gave my parents a logitech remote, which is now useless for using with their iMac
    MacBook pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • enemix Calculating status...
    It's horrible that this "feature" isn't optional.

    I have a little workaround that works for people who don't use iTunes very often but still want to be able to use it once in a while.

    Put iTunes.app in a disk image, when you want to use iTunes, mount the image and launch it, as long as it's not mounted it won't interfere with any other applications.

    I know, it's not a really good way but it works for me.
    MacBook 13" Alu (Core2Duo 2,4), Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • WN1188 Calculating status...
    This is an absurd change that needs to be fixed immediately.
    Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • cliveports Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok, so we're all p*ssed off about this BUT it needs to be understood that this forum is really just a peer-to-peer, so there's no guarantee that Apple will be reading this, and even if they did they will still ignore it because its not been formally raised with them.

    So, sure vent your feelings here, the more the better, but PLEASE do what I just did, I've now formally raised this with Apple support as a bug, the way any IT support works is that it gets ignored if only a few complaints are received but if every person who writes in these forums raises it with Apple support they'll sit up and take notice.... SO COME ON FOLKS BOMBARD APPLE SUPPORT WITH THIS PROBLEM!!
    iMac intel 24", 2009 Model, Snow Leopard, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • therandygoat Calculating status...
    Did the two termial fixes, and now I can't start iTunes at all. Is there a way to "reset" terminal/regret changes? I have NO experience in terminal.
    Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Lord Kamina Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    First than nothing, check the Console. Look for iTunes and see if you are getting any "Not launching itunes while [insert app is open], that will mean the script itself isn't the problem, rather the script is matching an app you have open and thus refusing to open iTunes.

    If you don't see any of these, I suggest you do the following...

    Download my iTunes script file from http://nacho.fail.cl/iTunes which includes "Spotify", "Songbird", "Mplayer OSX Extended", "Mplayer", "Alarm Clock Pro.app"

    Now, in finder, just go to Applications and right-click iTunes and select show package contents... Go to Contents -> MacOS and there, delete iTunes (be sure to check it's not the actual iTunes excecutable but the fix you installed) and replace it with mine. Make sure the permissions are set right and then just move iTunes outside the application folder and put it back in.

    Note: This will ask you for an admin password, but otherwise it's virtually the same as the terminal fix. IF it stil doesn't work for you, just delete the iTunes file from inside the package and rename iTunesX to iTunes and it will work as normal.
    Macbook 2.0GHz, 2gb ram, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • poddster Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Could someone please post a link to the page where we can submit our thoughts to Apple Support - we should all follow the same channel to be most effective. Thanks.
    24" iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.1), 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM
  • SuperProgrammer Calculating status...
    It seems that the Bundle Identifier trick no longer works with the new iTunes 9.0.1 update. I updated it and now the buttons launch it again.

    COME ON APPLE! I SWITCHED TO MAC FOR A BETTER USER EXPERIENCE THAN WINDOWS AND I GET THIS?! AT LEAST GIVE US THE OPTION TO TURN IT OFF. THIS IS MY FIRST AND ONLY MAC, AND I THINK NEXT TIME I MAY BUY AN HP OR SOMETHING INSTEAD.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.1), Core 2 Duo T8300, nVidia 8600GT, 2GB RAM, 15" screen
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