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iTunes just starts up by itself and it plays 1st song on my list

82990 Views 75 Replies Latest reply: Apr 19, 2014 11:49 PM by davidsdiego RSS
  • habaogu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've been having the same issue. Looking for a way out...
    jkghjgf, iPhone OS 2.x, jkghkfg
  • Carms Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Well, it wasn't the IR port, but it ddid stop for about four hours today after taking the following steps:
    1. IR port turned off
    2. iTunes Widget unchecked (even though it wasn't active on the dashboard before, i thought it might make a difference to uncheck it)
    3. turned off airport
    4. There were some connections in the network prefs for parallels - deleted
    5. turned on the firewall
    6. turned off printer sharing
    7. turned off back to my mac
    8. turned bluetooth discovery off
    9. updated flip4mac, reclaimed control of WMV files
    10. turned off a program in the system prefs called MacFUSE

    4 hours of no launching and thought i'd fixed it, but then it came back, launching every minute or two after quitting. Back to leaving it open for now.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Scorpio_1989 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi,
    I bought a new core i5 macbook pro a couple of days ago and started getting this problem about 2 hours ago and didn't know what was happening. Everything was disabled, including taking the battery from the remote out, yet itunes was still starting up.

    I just found something but not sure if it's the cause of the problem. My audio cable was not connected properly and when i moved it, itunes would start up again, and kept moving it and kept starting up, and while open, i would move it again and it would play songs. I disconnected it and plugged it back in, tried moving it and it would not start itunes. I think this has to do with the port supporting the apple earphones with remote on them. Lets hope this fixes it and if so, hope it helps others.
    Luis
    Macbook Pro 15" i5 2.4ghz 4GB RAM
  • Enderspawn Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Scorpio, you totally called what was going on with my system. Turns out the iMacs also have smart 1/8" speaker jacks, like iPhones and the macbooks? My speakers are older and the connection was shifty - messing with the plug makes iTunes launch and stop/start.

    Hooray! Mystery solved.
    iMac 24" 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • jmbotean Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I believe this is the solution. I just bought a new (non-Apple) monitor and the audio cable is a bit dodgy. Just making sure they are completely and properly seated--and then not moving the mac or the monitor--seems for now to have solved the problem. Thanks!
    15" MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Mikibaby Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have the same problem.
    Itunes starts unsollicitedly playing intermitently the first song on the list and restart as soon as I shut it down. Same on all user of the machine.
    Any idea, drives me crazy!
    Imac, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • iamunique127 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My iTunes starts by itself but doesn't begin playing anything. I constantly find it Open after any system restarts. I seldom do restarts but we've been having a lot of thunderstorms so I've been shutting down often lately. But I frequently find it Open even if I haven't restarted my iMac.

    This all started w/ my upgrade to OS 10.6 from 10.5. I'll often be using Aperture and find the system response slow. I check and iTunes is Open. It often doesn't respond to just the Quit command and I need to Force Quit to get it to stay off for any length of time.

    Next thing I know, I look and iTunes is Open again. This wouldn't really be a problem, and I don't notice until it's slowing the system down, but I don't always have the hard drive where I keep my iTunes Library plugged in. I use a dock for HDs where i switch out hard drives for different purposes. Usually I've got my Aperture Library drive plugged in.

    Once it Opens itself it starts downloading Podcasts etc. which I've subscribe to and iTunes starts it's own new Library on my internal drive. When I do plug in the iTunes HD the Library rebuilds itself.

    Force Quitting is the only way I can keep iTunes closed for any length of time.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.4), eMac OS 10.4, iPhone 3G OS 4
  • Lisa2010 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. I had it when I first got my Macbook Pro last November. The Apple Store fixed it by finding some bad code and removing it. Now, suddenly, it started up again last week. And I'm quite far from any Apple Store just now... I can't help but think it's connected to installing an iTunes update recently, or maybe another of the updates? I considered reinstalling an earlier version of iTunes but I can't find 9.2 now (I have 9.2.1).

    This time it's slightly different from the previous problem I had. Then, the music would start and stop as I was typing. This time, it starts up on its own and stops on its own, even if I'm not typing. It's making me crazy.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • cameron moore Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    TRY THIS TO SORT THE PROBLEM

    I had this problem, for about 2 weeks it opened and closed itunes by itself. when i played music it would pause and then play again, all of the symptoms previously described. Caused major grief.

    I have no programs like lastfm, etc.

    I found that the cause of this problem for me was the audio output jack at the back connecting external speakers. I found the cable was being ever so slightly pulled when i used a wired mouse, so moved the cable clear and made sure that i plugged it back in the jack properly and I havnt had the problem even once since.

    IM guesing its because imacs have special headphone jacks like ipods, meaning they can sense when you have pulled the headphones out.
    imac
  • bbold Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    What solved the problem for me was deleting Last.FM (the app) and doing a Disk Utility repair... No problems for the past day! Fingers crossed... xxx B
    MacBook Pro 13" (2009), Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2 GB RAM, 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • bbold Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Ok. Problem came back after a few hours. ;-/ I downloaded the new iTunes 10.1 update just moments ago and I have been listening to the same song uninterrupted (and it's not stopping and starting, iTunes isn't reopening when I close it) so MAYBE this update addressed this issue? I hope so. "performance and security enhancements" could mean anything! Oy! Has anyone else downloaded this today and had any luck with it resolving this issue?
    MacBook Pro 13" (2009), Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2 GB RAM, 2.26 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • DZ-Jay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Scorpio,
    My wife's iMac had the same problem (which started just recently) and it was driving us crazy, we couldn't find any particular pattern or trigger that could cause it. Until now, your theory is spot on: we jiggled the speaker cable, and sure enough it launched iTunes!

    I unplugged the speakers, re-plugged it back in (making sure there was nothing tugging on it that may make it jiggle), and now the problem is solved. We'll soon replace it with a new cable to be sure.

    Thanks for the help!
    -dZ.
    Mac Pro - 2.26 GHz (Quad-Core) x2 - 6GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.5), iMac
  • MarkCHagers Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you thank you THANK YOU!!

    It was driving me nuts, but it is indeed related to the audio jack. I was listening to the radio on an elgato EyeTV using an oldish audio cable running to my stereo. iTunes kept restarting and playing the first song which was rather annoying (to put it mildly).
    Since it happened after turning on home sharing, I wasted a lot of time researching if HS was the cause. After reseating the cable the issue vanished, and fiddling with the audio jack causes iTunes to start immediately, so I'm positive that's the cause of the issue.
    Someone should flag your post as the answer.
    MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • G.Schne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    The resolution posted by Scorpio did resolve the issue for me, thank goodness it was only the external speaker hookup. I use my MacBook Pro both at home, and on the road, and was terrified by the thought of sitting in a public place, such as an airport, and having iTunes repeatedly begin playing the first song in my list - "Big Balls", by AC/DC! Thank you Scorpio.
    MacBook Pro, mid 2010, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • cristygen Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. I close iTunes and it keeps opening back up, sometimes more than 10 times, which as you can imagine, can be incredibly annoying. Where can I find the widgets to see if I have them so that I can disable them? I'm not an expert on computers so I don't know where I can do that.
    PC, Windows XP, iPod Touch 2nd gen
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