6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 21, 2013 7:31 PM by KevinR
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This is a response to this thread: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=10023424

I thought I'd just post it here to make it a little bit more accessible.

iTunes launch when you press the Play/pause key on the keyboard in Snow Leopard. This makes it practically impossible for other apps to respond to that key (ie Spotify, VLC etc).

• Quit iTunes
• Locate iTunes.app in Finder (In Finder: Menu › Go › Applications...)
• Ctrl-click on the iTunes.app-file and select 'Compress "iTunes.app"' (for backup)
• Ctrl-click on the iTunes.app-file and select 'Show Package Contents'
• Locate the file 'Info.plist' inside the folder 'Contents'
• Ctrl-click 'Info-plist' and select 'Open with..' and select 'TextEdit' (or your favourite text-editor. Not Word tho.)
• Near the bottom of the file locate the following segment:


• Change the last 's' in the word 'iTunes' to 'z', like so:


• Save the file
• IMPORTANT: Drag the file 'iTunes.app' out of the Applications-folder and on to the Desktop
• Drag the file 'iTunes.app' back into the Applications folder
(• You should probably disable the iTunesHelper. This can be done by going to System Preferences › Accounts › (Your account) › Login Items and remove the 'iTunesHelper'.)
• Log out and log in

Hopefully this works. It works for me anyway

(Note: This workaround most certainly will have weird side-effects. Also, please post a bug to Apple about this issue, whether this workaround works for you or not.)


Mac OS X (10.6.1)