2 notes on the instructions
1. you need to change permissions on the folder "Contents" to save the plist file
2. move itunes back to apps folder after logging back in (obvious)
Note: This turns off all keyboard function shortcuts for iTunes. back.next.play.pause will no longer work.
to Apple: you're not absolved until you make this right by giving the user the option to not use iTunes.
Message was edited by: biskitwheels
Thanks to Ozzie for the workaround for this annoying OS X "disorder".
A comment on Biskitwheels' comment above:
Actually, it didn't work for me until I did it in the following order:
1. Move 'iTunes.app' out of the applications folder BEFORE modifying 'Info-plist'.
2. FIRST THEN alter the 'Info-plist' file as described.
3. Log out of OS X.
4. Log back in.
5. Move 'iTunes.app' back into the applications folder.
Now it works as advertised - and me is happy
This is still an issue for me. All I really want to do is to make this key open Songbird. Would it be possible to just reassign that key to something else that would be interpreted as a shortcut to open your media player of choice/play/pause?
So far I've really enjoyed OSX so far but it's stupid stuff like this and Microsoft making people use IE to update windows that makes me want to just stick with Linux. These companies need to learn that if they will not build products that do what the users want them to do the open source community will continue to gain market share...
The simplest fix yet requires no terminal commands and no additional software to download and can be accomplished by going to System Preferences/Keyboard and selecting " Use all F1,F2, etc. keys as standard function keys".
This way if you do want to use the media keys like F8,press the "fn" key + F8 to have it function as a media key again.