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William Brawley Level 2 (215 points)

I love the media keys on my MacBook and Apple wireless keyboard for playing, pausing, changing tracks etc with iTunes, but there are other than can utilize the media keys, like Spotify for instance. However, if I have iTunes closed, when I hit the Play key, iTunes will automatically launch, and will intercept any subsequent presses of just the play/pause button. Is there a way to stop this annoying behavior? I haven't found anything in the Keyboard shortcut system pref.


black MacBook (Santa Rosa), 2.2Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 16GB iPod Touch, 2G 1GB iPod Shuffle, 4G 20GB iPod
  • Charles Conway Level 1 (50 points)
    If you find a solution to this, please let me know. I just started having this behavior after upgrading to Snow Leopard, and it's really frustrating to have iTunes launch whenever I'm using the media keys for Spotify.
  • Ape Simpson Level 1 (10 points)
    second that. Aweful.
  • SteveDemy Level 1 (0 points)
    In 10.6 iTunes launchs every time a telephone call is made with a number of SIP and IAX softphones. It also launches when browsing for a movie or music file to launch with VLC. iTunes seems to launch every time an application looks to play some audio. I wonder how that behaviour can be changed?
  • jarik Level 4 (1,005 points)
    I haven't installed Snow Leopard yet, but is there a "Reset" button beside the "Use iTunes for Internet Playback" button in iTunes' Advanced Preferences? Have you tried clicking that?
  • jarik Level 4 (1,005 points)
    Sorry for repeating that bogus rumour.
  • Yakovedees Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem here

    No solution yet
  • anarchistic Level 1 (0 points)
    ditto; make this configurable or turn it off.
  • William Brawley Level 2 (215 points)
    still seems to happen in Snow Leopard, released version.
  • Syndicated85 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have this same problem. It is getting very annoying. This is actually the first time i have felt hatred towards my Mac. I use Spotify at work, as this is my work computer, i am not allowed to use the disk space by buying tracks in iTunes. Every once in a while, someone comes up to me talking about workstuff, and pressing the pause button makes the iTunes open.

    Please fix this!
  • knuthelge Level 1 (0 points)
    Found a temporary solution on this site: ow-leopard

    Basically you start iTunes and open the iTunes Store page. iTunes will then stop responding to the media keys on the keyboard and Apple Remote.
  • biskitwheels Level 1 (0 points)
    I believe there are a few issues stemming from one problem. One of many problems with Apple's growing desire to control your user experience.

    The solution is to allow us to manage iTunes keyboard shortcuts. Turn them off, re-map the keyboard, whatever it is we happen to want to do, we should have the ability to do it, especially for a matter so trivial of a feature yet such an annoyance to us. Additionally, it is so obviously contrived to push their software on us it makes me a bit sick to my stomach.

    Now we have such a egregious fail on Apple's part, this auto-launch with no turn off switch, it is getting bad enough that people are speaking out. I hope it opens up a discussion about users making our own decision to use itunes or not. Seems as if Apple thinks we need iTunes in order to breathe, which WE DO NOT.

    Apple, don't just disappear your most recent error, stand up and correct it by allowing us the ability to shape our user experience, even in the most basic of ways.

    And while you're at it, throw in FLAC for us, ok?

    My reasons to stick with this OS are dwindling fast.

    Message was edited by: biskitwheels

    Message was edited by: biskitwheels
  • Paul Livingstone Level 1 (5 points)
    I'm also having this problem. This is hugely irritating. It was annoying enough before when play/pause would trigger spotify & itunes if they were both open, but that was at least avoidable by simply closing iTunes down.

    This should be registered as a bug in my opinion.
  • zelcom Level 1 (0 points)
    Argh, I hate this - its so troublesome, and there seems to be a problem with it interfering with Plex aswell - when I use the Apple Remote to navigate the menues it constantly launches Front Row. Please Apple; get rid of this, and make the default settings to be like in Leopard because this is just annoying on so many levels!
  • pretty good, but not great Level 1 (25 points)
    Temporary fix: put iTunes in the trashcan when you want to use the remote (that also activates it), or any other keyboard keys. Take it out afterward
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