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t0fu apple Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
i'm having a problem that seems to be driving me crazy. itunes seems to randomly start up and play the first song in my library. just to note:

- i am running no 3rd party itunes widget
- only add-on i have is
- i have tried permission repair

does anyone know what is causing this. i really won't stop. i quit itunes, 10-15mins later its open again. any thoughts on what could cause this/how to stop it?

24" imac, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • bdevries43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem for weeks; Since Installing Snow Leopard. Used Apple support 4 times with no permanent Fix. Apple has to come up with a software update to correct this.
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5 (6,000 points)
    It's probably Try disabling it and see if the behavior stops.
  • bdevries43 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    How do you disable Last.FM
  • Diane Wordsmith Level 5 Level 5 (6,000 points)
    I was replying to the original poster, who stated that they have I've never used the program and don't know exactly how to disable it. I've just read that it can cause iTunes to keep relaunching.
  • coreworksnet Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Happening to me too; 10.6.1 with iTunes 9.0.2 and no iTunes add-ons.
  • efcivic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    me too, noticed it since i installed 10.6.2. I am running 9.0.2 of iTunes as well... what is going on, it's doing it as I type this message, any other thoughts to solve this issue?

    It only happens as I use the computer, if I leave the machine running all day, it won't launch iTunes or start playing music by itself, only as I use the machine. Has to do with keyboard or mouse settings?

    Anyone else upgrade to a magic mouse recently? That's the only other thing that has changed for me recently besides the 10.6.2 update.
  • efcivic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    opened and looked at what was going on(below). Boxee was installed but did not completely remove itself. It kept trying to launch a helper every 10 seconds:

    09-11-14 1:23:04 PM[127] (tv.boxee.helper[469]) posix_spawn("/Applications/" , ...): No such file or directory

    looked up how to uninstall boxee on google and found the following, try it out, see if it works:

    - open terminal and enter the following command:
    launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/tv.boxee.helper.plist

    and then:

    /bin/rm ~/Library/LaunchAgents/tv.boxee.helper.plist

    (info from:

    this will only work if you're having the same problem as me- as logged in
  • GasMan4932 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had the same thing happening on first my iMac, then my wife's dual G5 tower desktop, then yesterday my MacBook Pro! When I looked at console it showed:
    11/14/09 12:01:25 PM[1] ([27960]) posix_spawn("/Library/Google/Google Desktop/GoogleDesktopDaemon.bundle/Contents/MacOS/GoogleDesktopDaemon", ...): No such file or directory


    11/14/09 12:01:28 PM[533] ([27961]) posix_spawn("/Library/Google/Google Desktop/", ...): No such file or directory
    11/14/09 12:01:28 PM[533] ( Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds

    11/14/09 12:01:28 PM[533] ([27961]) Exited with exit code: 1

    I thought I had completely uninstalled Google Desktop long ago. I found an uninstaller button in System Preferences for Google Desktop; it requires a system restart so I'm posting this now and will add an addendum after restart if that fixes the iTunes problem.
  • rayjpalmer Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This just started happening to me too. Kinda freaky when The Beatles suddenly start playing Come Together at 2 in the morning!!

    I've checked Console, and it doesn't show any events at the time it starts.

    I've also checked (and removed) Itunes and all other dashboard widgets.

    I've also downloaded a fresh copy of iTunes, but still no luck.

    My latest thought is that perhaps some Ipod Touch app is interfering. (I was downloading some apps n the day the trouble began.) But the other night I turned off the Ipod completely, and iTunes still started up on the mac...

    Anyone got any more ideas? I'm all out.
  • eddy! Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    hey, I've been having the same issue. Freakin' iTunes keeps opening every time I close it. It started happening after a stint where I'd asked too much of my 3 year old laptop, ran it out of RAM and had some crashing. I fixed the problem by plugging in my iPhone, checking the box (it had been unchecked) that says "Automatically Sync When iPhone is Connected". Hit Apply. Then uncheck the box and hit Apply.

    haven't had a problem since.
  • Understudy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having same problem with iTunes spontaneously starting up, but in my case random songs play, and only for a short time, usually between 10 seconds and a minute. Then the music freezes. Sometimes it will start up again on its own. Clicking on the play button will start the music, but again only for a short time.

    I've tried downloading iTunes again, with no resolve.
    This is a new iMac. I hope I don't have to hall it into the Apple Store.
  • Carms Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I have been having this issue as well, for a few months now it will start up automatically, sometimes at night, sometimes during the day. Quitting usually results in it launching again, and after a few seconds to minutes it starts with whatever is on the top of the open window in itunes. And then it stops mid song, and starts again.

    There are a few threads on this board describing this as far back as august of 2009. None of the fixes listed in any of these threads proves a permanent fix. It's not, it's not iTunes Helper in the login items. It's not the CD/DVD pref pane settings. It doesn't seem to be the shockwave flash plugin, since uninstalling doesn't fix it, although the error messages on the console are more frequent with it installed. But, it just launched while i typed this message and there's nothing new on the console. Here's a sample from earlier in the day, and last night though, and i'm not sure it's even relevant:

    1/26/10 6:33:39 PM [0x0-0x23a23a][3881] Child process initialized.
    1/27/10 8:40:01 AM[3719] Debugger() was called!

    The debugger was called message is repeatedly posted, and the child process initialized is there a few times a day, but not necessarily when iTunes relaunches.

    Just a tip for those of who who are going crazy with this: make a blank playlist, select the playlist in the left column and close itunes, or just keep it open. At least music won't randomly play.

    Do any of you who are having this problem have parallels installed?
  • proofrock Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I was inspired by the board and started looking at console. That led me to "Geektool" which I have recently installed. I had a couple scripts to generate a display on my desktop showing playing song name, artist and album name.

    After disabling Geektool I was finally able to shut down iTunes without it restarting automatically.

    I initially didn't suspect Geektool because after installing the scripts I didn't have issues for the first couple weeks. And then I did. Go figure.

    Good luck to all trying to solve this incredibly annoying issue.

  • mmouse Level 1 Level 1 (145 points)
    It could be your IR port, which normally receives signals from the Apple Remote.

    Another remote in your house may be sending the 'play' signal, which will open iTunes, if it isn't already open, and begin playing. I believe you can turn off the IR port in the General section of Security in the System Preferences to test this theory.
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