4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 10, 2013 4:28 AM by Marky Marc 1210
bkgondor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Whenever I click on an audio file, iTunes opens, but I want to use a simpler playback program (like QuickTime). I hate that iTunes takes over. It is an annoying waste of time and too much program for my needs sometimes. How do I turn it off from default?

  • 1. Re: How can I turn off iTunes as a default player?
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,400 points)

    Mac OS X: Double-Clicking a File Opens the Wrong Application - http://support.apple.com/kb/TS2291

     

    =Changing the application used to open all files of a certain kind=

     

    1) In a Finder window highlight a file of the kind you want to change the application to open that kind of file.

     

    2) While that file is highlighted, select File > Get Info or press command (apple or propeller icon) + i to get a file information window.

     

    3) In the lower part of the info window there is an "open with" menu with a list of applications.

     

    4) If your application is already in the box then it is the default application for opening that kind of file and you don't need to do anything more.  Close the get info window.

     

    5) If the application showing in the menu is not the one with which you wish to open the file then select a new application. If your application does not appear there then select the "other..." and track down the application (usually in the Applications folder at the main level of the computer).

     

    6) If you wish to change all files of this type to open with this application in future, make sure the "change all" button is selected.

     

    7) Close the get info window.

  • 2. Re: How can I turn off iTunes as a default player?
    Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (74,870 points)

    If you simply want to preview what the song is, slect it and press the Space bar.

  • 3. Re: How can I turn off iTunes as a default player?
    bkgondor Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    BRILLIANT ANSWER!!

    Finally, a solution! This problem has plagued many folks. Your solution works!

    BEWARE, FUTURE USERS--- Apple has one sneaky last step to avoid. After step number 6, above, you will get a dialog box that may ask you, "Are you sure you want iTunes to be your default," (or something like that). I didn't read the dialog box the first time, so I clicked OK-- and, of course, when I tried to open an audio file, there was that pesky iTunes again! So, I had to run the process all over again. But, now, the audio application OF MY CHOICE now opens mp3 and mp4 files. THANK YOU, LIMNOS!!

    (Would you come to my house and fix some other stuff, too?)

  • 4. Re: How can I turn off iTunes as a default player?
    Marky Marc 1210 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you ever so much