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The culprit here is the Remote Control Daemon, it lives in
To simply disable it, open a terminal window and type
sudo chmod a-x /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd
killall -9 rcd
To re-enable it,
sudo chmod a+x /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd
Then log out and back in. (I couldn't get iTunes to respond again without logging out and back in)
you will now be able to use your media keys with any app you want. You won't be able to use them with iTunes, however. (odd, huh?) The problem appears, to me, to be that rcd uses AppleScript to communicate with the various Apple apps it controls (Quicktime Player, Quicktime PlayerX, DVDPlayer, Aperture, iPhoto, iTunes, and Keynote) (warning technical stuff to follow) If you view the strings contained in the executable you can see it explicitly launching iTunes
You will find the following, if you look for it,
tell application id "com.apple.iTunes" to launch
which is not present in the 10.5 version of rcd.app (yes, I checked)
Just for giggles and grins I opened the executable (/System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd) in a hex editor and munged the launch command above. I logged out, then logged back in. I can now use my media keys without autolaunching iTunes AND I can still use them with iTunes when it is open.
In summary, someone at Apple deliberately altered the Remote Control Daemon to launch iTunes when using the play/pause button. It would be trivially easy for them to fix, either by disabling it or making it a configurable option.
Not sure if you guys have talked about this yet but this will fix it. I hate iTunes and I don't mind going this far.
Also, if you don't want to do that, try doing just the steps that remove the iTunes helper from the startup items. I think that might cause it to stop doing stupid things with my play button.
This workaround might already be discussed here earlier, but here it is as a reminder for new thread readers:
Just open QuickTime without opening any files with it. This prevents the media keys from launching iTunes automatically and they still work with the active app like the Spotify.
I liked the simplicity of this workaround, although its not the real thing.
Since I consider Apple responsible for this stupidity with the remote control daemon, I sent my feedback to them. I think everyone should do it to increase the number of complaints: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
Is anyone here familiar with what functionality the 'rcd' daemon supposed to provide? I have come up with a patch that can remove this "feature," but I need to test that rcd continues to perform the other functions.
Please contact me directly at http://www.thebitguru.com/contact_me if you have any ideas or can help me with this.
I just finished publishing a patch that prevents iTunes from starting when you press the play button on the keyboard. Check it out at the following URL.
I only have one Mac so I haven't been able to test it out on multiple computers, but this should work on systems running 10.6.5.
This just in:
However, the app will not launch on my mac, possibly because it does not support 32 bit intel macs.
I'll be trying out yer fix, thebitguru
My original patch possibly worked only with OS X 10.6.5. Last night I figured out a better way to apply the patch without relying on a pre-supplied diff. What this means is that starting with version 0.7 the patch should work with pretty much all versions.
If you are interested, check it out: http://www.thebitguru.com/projects/iTunesPatch