I have exactly the same issue - iTunes will not stay closed. iTunes is my only music player and is set as the default music player. No widgets, plug-ins etc (apart from Soundspectrum visualizers).
I have put up with this for a long time, and can see from a Google search that many others have too.
As this issue occurs across several versions of Windows and also plagues Mac OS users, it would be great if there was a definitive answer from the devs about this, or, an update which will fix it.
The only way I can force iTunes to close and stay closed is to use Windows Task Manager to kill the iTunes and the iTunes Helper processes.
It would be really nice to either download an update to fix this, place/remove a checkmark in one of the options, or change a registry setting so that this no longer occurs.
Do you have an add-on like Last.fm for iTunes? If so, you need to close that before closing iTunes.
Is your iPod connected while this is happening? If so, is it set to automatically open iTunes when connected? If that's the case, either eject your iPod and disconnect it before shutting down iTunes, or change the iPod setting.
I am having a similar issue on an iMac running 10.6.8 and iTunes 10.
This was not happening until I plugged in a set of Bose speakers to the iMac. Ever since then it constantly happens. I have no widgets or anything plugged into the iMac other than the speakers.
I think a software update is in order here Apple Developers!
I, too, have this problem. I'm running a fresh install of Windows 7 Ultimate, with only hardware and USB device drivers, and iTunes x64.
Rampage IV Extreme Motherboard w/ Built in RealTek Audio
Creative SB-XFi HD Audio USB
It continually reopens unless I go into the task manager and kill the iTunes.exe *32 process manually.
Edit: Windows 7 has popped up an Action Center message saying that the system is registering it as iTunes continually crashing and reopening. So obviously there's some sort of problem, at least in my case, with how iTunes is trying to close.
hmm, multiple threads, Brardith - you are on an old one, still valid info though, might as well post here as well
Annoying bug, until apple fix, two options:
- Under the Devices tab of preferences, check the box that says: "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from synching automatically."
- If your iPhone shows up in the left column, select it and uncheck the box that says "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi"
- create a batch file on your desktop i.e. create a file, rename it to .bat
add this to file
"C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe"
taskkill /F /IM AppleMobileDeviceHelper.exe
taskkill /F /IM itunes.exe
attach device, run batch file, use as normal, close itunes - hopefully it shouldnt start..
alternatively - run as normal - if itunes keeps popping up, then run the batch file a couple of times and see it that stops it.
works for me
windows 7 x64, itunes 10.5.3.3
I've had this same issue for a while now after updating to 10.5. I sat down and played with it tonight and stumbed on to an easy fix.
This worked on a Windows 7 64-bit machine.
1: I right clicked my iTunes shortcut on the desktop,
2: Selected "Open Containing Folder",
3: Right clicked the iTunes EXE file,
4: Chose properties,
5: Clicked on the Compatibility tab,
6: Checked the box marked "Run this program in compatibility mode for:",
7: Selected Windows 7 in the drop down,
8: Checked the box marked "Run this program as an administrator".
That seems to have fixed it for me. I hope it works for any one else who reads this! Good luck!