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  • srdavids Level 1 (0 points)

    Just a heads up, the lifehacker link no longer works. Here is the thread(in french) from the developer:



    Apparently he switched ISPs so the original link doesnt work, this is the updated link to the .dmg:


  • imagei Level 1 (0 points)

    The tool from also works on 10.7.4. Finally can use Cog without iTunes popping up all the time!

  • Treysome Level 1 (0 points)

    I get "Error: Bad File" in Mountain Lion. I would really love a fix for this. iTunes is so annoying.

  • dustin.hartung Level 1 (0 points)

    Me too - i hope someone fixes this!  This was one of my favorite Lion tweaks.

  • critichu Level 1 (0 points)

    there is another workaround


    go to Activity Monitor

    on the top-right search box, write "itunes"

    "itunes helper" should show up

    click on it, then click on "Quit Process" (top left)

    on the following dialog, press "Quit" (for some reason "Force Quit" didn't work for me)



    what it does in a nutshell:

    the application "itunes helper" is the one receiving the media button signal and then opens iTunes.

    kill "itunes helper" and the problem is solved.

  • Treysome Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks critichu, that worked. Is there anyway to stop iTunes helper from launching at startup?

  • riptide_ Level 1 (0 points)

    iTunes Helper is removed from startup at the usual place.

    System Preferences>User & Groups>[your user identity]>Login Items

  • Classee Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately this doesn't seem to work in Mountain Lion. iTunes still start even after quitting helper process and helper is not in Login items...

  • nitnatele Level 1 (0 points)

    Kill the iTunes Helper like critichu described and remove it from the startup items (see riptide_ above you). I just tried it on Mountain Lion and it works.

  • riptide_ Level 1 (0 points)

    I noticed that it just works as long as you don't open iTunes again. If you open iTunes then the helper restarts.

  • nitnatele Level 1 (0 points)

    Apparently it doesn't work at all anymore. I went as far as deleting the itunes helper from the package contents but today iTunes still starts when I hit the media key.

    Yesterday your solution did definitely work, today not anymore. This is outrageously annoying.

  • BassTone5 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm new to Apple, just got my first Mac a month ago, and I too am greatly annoyed by this feature.  From reading some of the comments in this thread it appears Apple is more inclined to underhandedly screw up any work-around a user may find in order to further push you into using iTunes exclusively, rather that faced the fact that people want options and customizations.  This is rather aggravating and makes me question my decision to switch to Mac.  (I hope you are listening, Apple!)


    So, what other applications are available to us for ripping, syncing and playing music in a variety of formats (like FLAC ...hello, Apple!) in one NON-Apple program?  (I'm assuming here that iTunes can be uninstalled, unless they've prohibited that too.)


    Any suggestions?



  • mickbuddha Level 1 (0 points)

    thought I found a fix with chmod, but it seemed to not hold after a few minutes on ML...


    Message was edited by: mickbuddha

  • BassTone5 Level 1 (0 points)

    Apple REALLY doesn't want us to use anything but iTunes, it appears.


    I have recently discovered Clementine, a free music player which is quite nice, though not as attractive as the Windows based Media Monkey and some others.  I've done side-by-side comparisons between the same music files recorded in Apple Lossless and AAC 320 kbps. played in iTunes and Clementine and Clementine hands down sounds smoother and airier, lacking in the harshness displayed by iTunes in playback.   I used AKG K240 professional studio headphones and Numark studio monitors and a Focusrite DAC for the comparison.


    Also, as long as Clementine is running, it retains control over the keyboard Play/Pause and arrow keys even when Clementine's window is not on top or even maximized.  While it doesn't solve the problem of iTunes launching from the Play/Pause button if Clementine is not running, it at least cuts down on this iTunes annoyance while providing a better library and audio playback option for me ....and it's free!  It integrates with iTunes library IF you want it to.

  • gjparis Level 1 (0 points)

    What an obnoxious "feature".   Tried for about 30 minutes to solve this issue and can't seem to find a workaround....

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