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iTunes opens and starts playing music randomly

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br121 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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Dec 19, 2010 1:37 PM
iTunes opens and just starts playing music randomly. It always starts playing the first song in my music list (alphabetically). It even opens iTunes when I close it, and then starts playing the song.

It's driving me nuts! It's done it three times while I have been typing this message!! Any suggestions (other than turning the volume down to mute and letting it just constantly play while my computer is on)?

iMac 2.66 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, iPhone OS 3.1.2, Mac OS X 10.6.2
  • Adam Woodhams Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Dec 19, 2010 11:39 PM (in response to br121)
    Thank the stars I am not alone!
    My iTunes is doing teh same thing.
    It's driving me nuts.
    No logic to which file it picks it just starts playing by itself even opening the aplication to do so.
    I found the only way to 'fix' it is to let the song or video that it seems to want to play run until it ends & then its fine.
    27" 2.8ghz i7, 3.06ghz intel c2d 24" iMac 4g ram, 2ghz 13" Uni B MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Jimagine1 Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2011 5:28 AM (in response to br121)
    iTunes 10: Yes, it started happening on my MacBookPro this morning.
    I can't get it to stop opening.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • AndreasDreDay Calculating status...
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    Feb 7, 2011 5:53 PM (in response to br121)
    Yeah I thought this was someone trying to play a joke on me or something, but its really getting annoying. It also pauses and unpauses. I thought also it could have been a keyboard issue, so i disconnected the external blue tooth one and that obviously did not make a difference.
    Macbook Pro 08, Mac OS X (10.6.6), Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,1
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5 (5,990 points)
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    Feb 7, 2011 5:56 PM (in response to br121)
    This is usually caused by third-party apps and widgets that are accessing iTunes. Last FM and the iTunes dashboard widget are possible culprits.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4), iTunes 9, iPod Touch 3g, iPod Video 5g (and an old iMac running OS 9)
  • Carms Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Feb 8, 2011 11:21 AM (in response to br121)
    This was driving me nuts for months. I have the same exact setup on three computers and it was only happening on one, so it wasn't the third-party apps. There are a lot of discussions on the forum about this problem, but the thing that worked for me eventually was unplugging the external speakers I had hooked up to the headphone out.

    Good luck, it's really annoying.
    iMac 27" Desktop, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6 (14,440 points)

    After latest iTunes update, this began happening on my iMac.

    My mini is unaffected.


    I do not have any widgets or apps that access iTunes installed.

  • sketchwish Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 8:56 AM (in response to br121)

    I had the same situation, I realized it only happened when I had my earphones plugged in.

    The following post seemed most relevant in my case, and I felt it may be of some help here:


    Post by Morgulator @ Direct Link to Post (MacRumors Forums)


    Speaker Jack


    This problem is related to the microswitch located at the very bottom inside the speaker jack. Whenever you get this problem, make sure your speaker cable is fully inserted into the speaker jack. Even the slightest depress on the microswitch can create interference, causing itunes to start and random songs to start playing. I also recommend bringing your computer to an apple store and getting the speaker jack cleaned, since dust or other contaminants can cause this issue. They can also make sure that nothing is wrong with your microswitch. A friend of mine had to have his motherboard replaced due to a faulty microswitch. This is covered by warrantee as long as your mac isn't too old to be covered.



    Microswitch is the Key Word here.


    I think plugging in an Apple earpiece jack may be the answer, for those who're encountering the issue whilst using earphones or speakers.

  • prophet13 Calculating status...
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    Sep 4, 2013 7:00 AM (in response to sketchwish)

    So the punch line as I understand it is; "Just use Apple head phones?"  That is INCREDIBLY frustrating... Thanks Apple way to go...

  • willpowerart Calculating status...
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    Oct 6, 2013 8:51 AM (in response to sketchwish)

    and why it only started after the update to itunes 11?

  • tbittick Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2013 5:36 PM (in response to br121)

    I'm having the same problem only it's happening with my iPad Air. I'll have my iPad turned off and all of a sudden I'll hear the music start playing. It's been really embarrassing as I teach yoga and it keeps opening up Jack White!!


    Any help?

  • Fckapple22 Calculating status...
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    Feb 23, 2014 8:13 PM (in response to br121)

    It's been doing the same for me. It's like there is a ghost in the machine. Turns out, like with all of iTunes' obnoxiousness, Apple places some kind of trigger in the headphone jack.


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