Currently Being ModeratedJul 6, 2013 2:39 PM (in response to michaelwv)
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:
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Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 9:19 AM (in response to sheila_m.)
Thank you Sheila,
I'll give this a try and see what happens.
As it happens however, iTunes has not miss behaved since I posted my issue. I'll check on any thrid-party plug-in's I may have. I am not entirely sure I have any. Is there a way to tell if I've added one?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 9, 2013 11:47 AM (in response to michaelwv)
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):
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:
All the best,
Currently Being ModeratedJul 11, 2013 10:41 AM (in response to sheila_m.)
It is good to know info, though, when I got to the folder /Users/username/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/, that was a far as I could get. The folder iTunes Plug-ins seems to be empty.
If it happens again, I will try safe mode as you suggested.
I usually sync my iPhone and iPad over wifi, sometimes I sync using a direct contect for speed. Could that be an issue?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 28, 2013 3:12 PM (in response to michaelwv)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 6, 2013 7:27 PM (in response to michaelwv)
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!