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How to uninstall iTunes for Mac OS X?

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Dbearr22 Calculating status...
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Jul 21, 2013 12:38 PM

Online it says I can unistall iTunes for my Mac but I have to have iTunes for OS X so it will not let me delete the application & uninstall it.

How do you get past this step?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,490 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to Dbearr22)

    Welcome to Apple Support Communities

     

    iTunes is part of OS X, so you can't uninstall it through Finder. You have to uninstall it through Terminal, and it's not recommended because of the risk of the "rm" command. Also, iTunes doesn't take a lot of storage, so there's no reason to uninstall it

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    Jul 21, 2013 12:40 PM (in response to Dbearr22)

    You may not be downgrading, but the article does explain how to remove iTunes: How to downgrade iTunes 11 to iTunes 10 in Mac OS X - PC Advisor.

  • brianroper Calculating status...
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    Oct 8, 2013 3:06 AM (in response to mende1)

    I use my Mac for work purpose only, and don't need any iTune.

    And no sync with any (only android) smartphones.

    I like to uninstall iTunes because I got sick of the annoying nag pop-ups that keep telling me to update it !

    Doesn't matter how small it is, for some folks, iTunes is a PITA.

    Thanks for this post showing how to nuke it. 

    I already removed garageband and saved a ton of space.  That monster is seriously bloated.

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    Oct 16, 2013 6:25 PM (in response to mende1)

    Also, iTunes doesn't take a lot of storage, so there's no reason to uninstall it

     

    Don't you love it when someone tries to solve your problem by telling you that your problem isn't a problem?  How's this for a reason to uninstall it.... I never use iTunes anymore yet I'm constantly nagged with iTunes updates from Apple that require a reboot?  Wasn't that one of the reasons many of use got annoyed with Windows years ago and moved to a Mac... because reboots were required every time you updated IExplorer?

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,135 points)
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:05 PM (in response to kroyster)

    iTunes updates do not require a reboot.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,490 points)
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    Oct 16, 2013 7:14 PM (in response to Dbearr22)
  • MacinNW_Brent Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 12:43 AM (in response to kroyster)

    You can remove it, all 300+ MB of the app, but it is an integral parat of the Mac OS X, and affect many other areas of the OS. So, if you remove it and have problems, remember you have been warned.

     

    Garage Band is and additional Apple App, so it does not cause a problem to remove it.

     

    You can turn off the update notices for individual parts of the OS. The next time you get a update notice or if you tell it to check for updates, highlight iTunes, click on Update in the Menu Bar, then click on Ignore update. That should take care of it for you.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,490 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    "it is an integral parat of the Mac OS X, and affect many other areas of the OS."

     

    In my opinion, this is simply not true. It will affect no other parts of OSX's functionality. If this were the case, apple wouldn't offer it as a standalone download on its website.

  • MacinNW_Brent Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:32 PM (in response to nbar)

    Well, in my opinion, it does. So we have opposing opinions.

     

    I was just offering that up, so if he had problems later, he might remember to look at the lack of iTunes.

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,490 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:33 PM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    What other areas of OSX are affected by the lack of iTunes?

  • MacinNW_Brent Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:42 PM (in response to nbar)

    First, that is the jist of the message if you try to delete it. After that it is speculation.

     

    After that, you can't sync your iDevices, but the OP doesn't care about that. It also is linked closely with displaying and playing various media on the Mac.

     

    But then again, I don't think either of us are Apple developers. So why are you trying to bully your opinion on me, without offering any proof of your opinion?

     

    And you are the one who stated your position was an opinion

     

    I took the stance that we had opposing opinion.

     

    You have shown a way to do it, but just because you can, doesn't mean you should.

     

    Message was edited by: MacinNW_Brent

  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,490 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 1:53 PM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    I'm not attemping to 'bully you' or be hostile, apologies if I came off that way. I think it's healthy to respectfully engage in discussions when there is a disagreement, that's all.

  • MacinNW_Brent Level 1 Level 1 (90 points)
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    Oct 17, 2013 2:19 PM (in response to nbar)

    And I apologize that I took it wrong.

     

    I thought that stating we had opposing opinions was enough, because at your point level, you have seen a bit, as have I.

     

    Do you have any experience with a Mac with the iTunes.app removed?

     

    After 15 years of using a Mac, I find it easiest to keep it simple and clean. The fewer tweeks, the less headaches. Use the setting options provided, rahter than a 3rd party app to change the OS's behavior. I have not bought a maintenance app since I moved to OS X. I let the OS do it, without me even trying to trigger it.

     

    300+ MB for iTunes.app on a 200+ GB HD is not much to ignore. I could probably save more space if I deleted emails.

  • Gobsmack Calculating status...
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    Oct 30, 2013 3:05 PM (in response to MacinNW_Brent)

    I have removed iTunes several times with no ill effects. The problem I have is that every update reinstalls the stupid thing.

     

    Personally I would prefer to remove iTunes, iBooks, maps and all the other stuff that Apple force upon us. I spent £2000 on a Macbook pro retina that only has 500GB SSHDD and would like to choose what stuff I decide is important but no I have to have what Apple think I should have.

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