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iTunes opening and playing songs or video on its own. iMac runing OS X 10.7.5 and iTunes 11.0.4

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michaelwv Calculating status...
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Jul 4, 2013 3:24 PM

So, iTunes has begun playing (I usually keep it open for my Apple TV access)  on it's own. I see from several posts that this is not a new issue. Many posts are more than a year or much more old (2009). However, I do not see a clear solution on any of the post. Many different system setups and situations relating to other app's, software, USB, etc with the same core problem - iTunes acting on it's own.


Ok, so with me, iTunes recentlybegan playing from whichever library I had last accessed. That is, if I was in my Movies Library then iTunes would play from that library - it started the first movie in the library. If I was in my TV Shows library then it played from there and so on.


Also, I mentioned  that I usually keep iTunes open, but when it began playing on it's own I started closing iTunes - (and of course I have rebooted), but it would open back up on it's own and play from the last Library I accessed. It seems while iTunes is in this weird "do as it pleases" mood it plays for a random length of time then pauses - you can see the "play" ( > ) icon change to the ( || ) "pause" icon at the top left side of iTunes, then change back to "play" shortly after.  And as with all the other posts, when I quit or force quit it starts up shortly after.


I keep my iMac and iTunes up to date (OS X 10.7.5 - iTunes 11.0.4) as most of you do.


As much as I enjoy playing music and videos from my iMac, I would like to remain the one in control of my computer.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • sheila_m. Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,095 points)

    Hello Michael,


    It can definitely get frustrating and even creepy if iTunes plays music and movies on its own.  It may be that a third-party plug-in could be causing iTunes to act this way.  I recommend putting iTunes in safe mode to isolate this:

    If you notice any of the above symptoms or other unusual behavior, you can disable any plug-ins not manufactured by Apple by opening iTunes in Safe Mode. This is done by holding down the Option and Command keys (on Mac OS X) or holding down the Shift and Control keys (on Windows) while opening iTunes.


    You can find all the steps in the full article here:

    iTunes: Troubleshooting issues with third-party iTunes plug-ins


    Thank you for using Apple Support Communities.



    Sheila M.

  • sheila_m. Community Specialists Community Specialists (3,095 points)

    Hi Michael,


    I'm glad iTunes is working now!  If you want to locate iTunes plug-ins on your computer, you can find them in the following locations (you may not have the iTunes Plug-ins folder if you do not have plug-ins):



    /Users/username/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/

    /Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/


    One thing I also wanted to mention is that the "Users/username/Library" is hidden in Lion and Mountain Lion.  You can access it using these steps:

    OS X Mountain Lion: What is the Library folder?

    The Library folder contains files used by OS X and your apps, including your personal fonts and preferences. The Library folder is hidden. If you need to open it, make sure you are in the Finder, hold down the Option key, and then choose Go > Library.


    You can find the full article here:

    OS X Mountain Lion: What is the Library folder?


    All the best,

    Sheila M.

  • turk__182 Calculating status...


    My iTunes continues to open, even when I force quit.


    I do not have any Plug-Ins in the library/itunes/itunes plug-ins folder. And I have quit, logged out and restarted many time. It's not clear what causes iTunes to pick up and start running and refusing to quit - as it does not seem to happen 100% of the time.


    But it will start up when I come back in to the office in the morning after the computer has slept through the night.


    Its frustrating and I'd like to fix it. I do not have the issue of play, skip, stop, play that other folks mentioned.


    Please assist.

    itunes 11.0.5

    mac 10.8.4

  • sushiesque Calculating status...

    Several days ago, my iTunes (11.0.5) just began to randomly play music. I was awoken from my sleep because of extremely loud music, so I've just been turning off my speakers before going to bed. Five days ago, I had a very dificult time trying to get the iTunes to stop playing music. In addition to quitting out of iTunes and removing iTunes from my dashboard, I tried several things that didn't work -- and the music would continue to begin out of nowhere. Basically, after quitting out of iTunes, it opens itself up -- this is a bother. It was especially difficult when I was trying to conduct a meeting via Skype (so I couldn't turn off my computer's volume); about every ten minutes, music would start playing. In addition, a few days ago, I noticed that when actually trying to listen to iTunes, the songs would frequently stop playing without any action on my part. When I'm away from my computer, I've resorted to turning my speakers off. This has been occuring on my desktop (OS X 10.8.4). Apple, please resolve this issue.

    Thank you very much!


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