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SOLUTION to pathetic Ping junk in Windows iTunes 10.0.1

34382 Views 46 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2013 5:36 PM by turingtest2 RSS
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
    Believe me, this 21st-century hack is a LOT faster than downgrading to an older version!
    iMac 10.5/ Win 7/WinXP, Windows 7, external hard drive, color U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • SwissProgHead Calculating status...
    Sorry, I cant' believe that Apple is asking me to input those DOS-like commands...

    Anyway, I tried them and I still have all those Ping bubbles popping around.

    Again: anyone knows where to get previous iTunes SW?
    HP, Windows 7
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)
    Apple isn't asking you to do it. This is a user-to-user board and some other iTunes user figured it out for us! They work if you follow the directions exactly for the version of OS. But anyway...

    There's plenty of other threads here on AD about downgrading an itunes version. Google has a better search, though.
    Just google "downgrade itunes 10"
    iMac 10.5/ Win 7/WinXP, Windows 7, external hard drive, color U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • BeantownJeep Calculating status...
    I really don't get why software manufactures don't give you the option to completely turn stuff on or off. The code is there, obvious by this method to remove the annoying ping. What I don't get is why Apple doesn't just give us the option to turn this stuff off.
    Asus G73, Windows 7, 64bit
  • jeprater Calculating status...
    Thanks for this fix. I really hated that little ping thing. This at least makes using iTunes bearable.
    PC, Windows XP Pro
  • SwissProgHead Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Hi Guys.
    Sorry but the fix does not work for me.

    Windows 7, 64bit, Italian.

    Click on the start button,...and then? What is the command promt?
    Please help me step by step. I am a user and not a programmer.

    HP, Windows 7, 64bit
  • f.burton Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    "What I don't get is why Apple doesn't just give us the option to turn this stuff off."

    Maybe because Apple knows what we ought to like?
    Dell PCs, and Windows XP
  • Spartan 300 Calculating status...
    I found that by turning it off in the parental controls it was gone.
    Windows Vista
  • InclusiveBallroom Calculating status...
    Somehow pathetic PING wasn't in the parental controls. Here and I joined this forum in hopes of finding the Answer.
    PC, Windows XP
  • wyy1989 Calculating status...
    i think it might be useful to change the shortcut of showing song in iTunes store to showing the song in our own iTunes library instead... and based on the scripts that you guys have provided, i think
    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1
    may achieve that for Windows... (cause previously i could only see scripts to do that for Mac)
    Windows XP
  • Beerman81 Calculating status...

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropbown 1

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1


    If you're on a 64-bit version of windows, use this instead:


    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropbown 1

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

    Before This worked great for me although i used 0 to hide the stupid arrows.



    Now disabling ping in preferences will remove annoying ping links. However, the arrows have shown back up and i can't get rid of those stupid things. has anyone got rid of the arrows in


    Apple can we have the checkbox to turn off arrows back? Please????

  • Brendon McCarthy Calculating status...

    This worked. Add back arrows and point them to the library. Exactly what I needed. Not sure why its not in the original post!


    1st: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1"

    2nd: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1"



    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1"

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1"

  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)

    I'm bumping this because I had a devil of a time finding it again.


    I installed some new security software and it tried to wipe out my iTunes library. No issues getting the library back, but all my preferences & the arrows to the store were gone. I use the arrows a LOT for tagging my tracks that I get from other online sources (emusic & guvera, mostly). I kept getting threads that suggested changing the itunes pref.xml file and it wasn't working.


    so - this fix still works with

    Not going to upgrade to 11 anytime soon since I love cover flow.


    Now, if I could just find the solution to adding the store  arrows back for podcasts......

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9 (71,990 points)

    Hi Katrina!


    I installed some new security software and it tried to wipe out my iTunes library.


    It wasn't AVG, by any chance? (tt2's been tracking an uptick in library blankings lately that seems to be associated with with AVG.)

  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)

    Hi,b!  It was Kaspersky. It reverted to the default itunes libary location.That came up comepletely blank so it was immediately obvious something was very wrong.


    A shift-start was all I needed, to get the library back. Then fiddle with preferences again & this command-line tweak.


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