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iTunes keeps opening by iteself

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elmnt Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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May 30, 2012 11:49 AM

I've been Googling this for a while. I keep seeing the same offered solutions, and they're not working:


1. I don't have any conflicts in my Login Items

2. I don't have any related widgets causing a problem

3. "Open iTunes when this [device] is connected" is UNCHECKED for ALL my iOS devices

4. "Sync with this [device] over Wi-Fi is UNCHECKED for ALL my iOS devices


Every solution I've seen so far claims one of those, above, will solve it, yet iTunes keeps opening. I have to Force-Quit it 3 or 4 times in a row to get it to close. It opens again about 15 to 20 minutes later EVERY TIME.


This started after I updated my iPad to iOS 5.1.1 (9B206)


Any insight would be greatly appreciated.




iTunes, iOS 5.1.1, MacBookPro running 10.6.8
  • littlekooks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 2, 2012 12:51 AM (in response to elmnt)

    Feelin your pain elmnt, it's been doing this for about a week and is annoying the crap out of me.  Will be keeping watch on the topic to see if there are any fixes available

  • legelf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 9, 2012 1:41 AM (in response to elmnt)

    Wow, you really have done your research.


    I can get it to stop when I want by toggling the lcd display on my "Logitech" 510 keyboard, Can you?


    Not having the expertise in how "iTunes" works, I did what came naturally, Googled it!  In all the forums and all the sites I visited only once was a "USB" keyboard metioned. Tried playin' around and found that when the keyboard was unplugged "iTunes" closed without a hitch!


    I think this issue has something to do with autopolling of devices. Apple must be trying something new and now it might be breaking other devices connected to the computer.


    Also, been through one update allready and no change.

    I think your (elmnt) right about apple's deny, deny policy?

  • stevene+me Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 12, 2012 7:22 PM (in response to elmnt)

    Similar problem, but my issue is that iTunes launches every time I pull my (iPhone) headphone jack OUT of my Macbook Pro?!?!


    Anyone have any insights?


    All the solution's I've seen include, inside iTunes, clicking on the device and then clicking on the ‘Summary’ tab, and then going to Options at the bottom.


    Obviously my headset is not a device (though iTunes may think it is) so there are no such options in iTunes.


    Please make it stop!!!

  • legelf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 4:54 AM (in response to elmnt)

    I just updated iTunes to 10.6.3 and (hate to be premature!) the restarting issue seems to have gone "bye bye".


    Only used it twice so far and both times no restarting. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed!

  • catcalledthursday Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 16, 2012 10:36 AM (in response to elmnt)

    Thank you for your post, it has been helpful and honest.


    I dragged the into app cleaner and deleted it and thus far no issues.. zombie itunes was driving me crazy as shutting down became and issue and itunes consistently went into checking mode when first started on a fresh boot. I was paranoid that i could corrupt a exstensive library.

  • keith-the-chief Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 17, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to catcalledthursday)

    I'm a firm believer that the easiest solution is probably the right solution so:


    The first time your itunes pops open unexpectedly, perform a sync of any devices connected.  Once they have finished syncing close down iTunes and hope for the best.


    Basically my iTunes would constantly open by itself.  I finally let it open.  Then clicked on sync for both my iphone and ipad.  Once both were completed, I closed it down.  It didn't open up again !!!!!


    Hopefully that will help.

  • rsgl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 17, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to elmnt)

    I just upgraded to 10.8 (fresh install) and started noticing this problem.  The solution for me was simple:


    1) Open the Users & Groups pane in System Preferences

    2) Select the "Hide" checkbox to the left of iTunesHelper in the Login Items tab


    I hope this works for other people as well.

  • BuckBanzai Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2012 3:20 PM (in response to elmnt)



    I also have the same problem and can't get rid of it.

    I tried everything mentioned on this thread and nothing seems to work.

    Can't say exactly what started this problem since i never had this problem before. can't say it was the latest itunes update (10.7) since i upgraded a few days ago but only today notice this but i usually have itunes open on it's own desktop, but today i decided to get rid of all my usual 6 desktops trying to speed up boot time and started noticing itunes keeps opening up on startup and also randomly.

    since i recently installed flutter (a itunes motion controller) and spotify and it was since this i started noticing this problem altough can't say for sure it was because of this apps. Of course, already uninstalled them and the problem persists. Tried the following:

    - never had ituneshelpper to open at startup but trashed it anyway - no good

    - uninstalled itunes and did a fresh install altough maintaining the itunes music folder so i could keep my library - no good

    - since the fresh install itunes helpper appeared on startup items and can't get rid of it, when i select it to remove it the next time i start my mac is there again; and itunes keeps opening nevertheless

    don't know what to do next


    any ideias???


    PS i'm running mac os x 10.7.5 on a macbook pro 2,2Ghz intel core i7 with 8Gb RAM and sorry for the long post



  • Mattdef11 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 28, 2012 4:43 AM (in response to elmnt)

    I don't know if this will help (as I'm running windows!) but I had the very same problem...I fixed it by running Itunes in "administrator" mode - not sure if there is an equivalent in Mac oS?


    Anyway that solved it for me - but thanks for all the research - I tried deleting the plists but that didnt work for me

  • Demonhunter315 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 29, 2012 9:03 PM (in response to elmnt)

    I'm going to throw in what fixed mine...I was having this problem and was reading all the solutions and none of them fit. I didn't have any widgets that were directly realated to iTunes so I thought that wasn't the problem...then I remembered that I had added a timer/alarm clock widget recently which can play itunes music as the alarm. I deleted this widget and it fixed my problem. All that to say you might recheck you widget (especially recently installed ones) and see if any of them have ANY sort of itunes access, even if it is not directly an itunes widget. Hope this helps someone.

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