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  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Believe me, this 21st-century hack is a LOT faster than downgrading to an older version!
  • SwissProgHead Level 1 Level 1
    Sorry, I cant' believe that Apple is asking me to input those DOS-like commands...

    Anyway, I tried them and I still have all those Ping bubbles popping around.

    Again: anyone knows where to get previous iTunes SW?
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7
    Apple isn't asking you to do it. This is a user-to-user board and some other iTunes user figured it out for us! They work if you follow the directions exactly for the version of OS. But anyway...

    There's plenty of other threads here on AD about downgrading an itunes version. Google has a better search, though.
    Just google "downgrade itunes 10"
  • BeantownJeep Level 1 Level 1
    I really don't get why software manufactures don't give you the option to completely turn stuff on or off. The code is there, obvious by this method to remove the annoying ping. What I don't get is why Apple doesn't just give us the option to turn this stuff off.
  • jeprater Level 1 Level 1
    Thanks for this fix. I really hated that little ping thing. This at least makes using iTunes bearable.
  • SwissProgHead Level 1 Level 1
    Hi Guys.
    Sorry but the fix does not work for me.

    Windows 7, 64bit, Italian.

    Click on the start button,...and then? What is the command promt?
    Please help me step by step. I am a user and not a programmer.

  • f.burton Level 1 Level 1
    "What I don't get is why Apple doesn't just give us the option to turn this stuff off."

    Maybe because Apple knows what we ought to like?
  • Spartan 300 Level 1 Level 1
    I found that by turning it off in the parental controls it was gone.
  • InclusiveBallroom Level 1 Level 1
    Somehow pathetic PING wasn't in the parental controls. Here and I joined this forum in hopes of finding the Answer.
  • wyy1989 Level 1 Level 1
    i think it might be useful to change the shortcut of showing song in iTunes store to showing the song in our own iTunes library instead... and based on the scripts that you guys have provided, i think
    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1
    may achieve that for Windows... (cause previously i could only see scripts to do that for Mac)
  • Beerman81 Level 1 Level 1

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropbown 1

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

    "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1


    If you're on a 64-bit version of windows, use this instead:


    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropbown 1

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

    Before This worked great for me although i used 0 to hide the stupid arrows.



    Now disabling ping in preferences will remove annoying ping links. However, the arrows have shown back up and i can't get rid of those stupid things. has anyone got rid of the arrows in


    Apple can we have the checkbox to turn off arrows back? Please????

  • Brendon McCarthy Level 1 Level 1

    This worked. Add back arrows and point them to the library. Exactly what I needed. Not sure why its not in the original post!


    1st: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1"

    2nd: "C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1"



    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1"

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt invertStoreLinks 1"

  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7

    I'm bumping this because I had a devil of a time finding it again.


    I installed some new security software and it tried to wipe out my iTunes library. No issues getting the library back, but all my preferences & the arrows to the store were gone. I use the arrows a LOT for tagging my tracks that I get from other online sources (emusic & guvera, mostly). I kept getting threads that suggested changing the itunes pref.xml file and it wasn't working.


    so - this fix still works with

    Not going to upgrade to 11 anytime soon since I love cover flow.


    Now, if I could just find the solution to adding the store  arrows back for podcasts......

  • b noir Level 9 Level 9

    Hi Katrina!


    I installed some new security software and it tried to wipe out my iTunes library.


    It wasn't AVG, by any chance? (tt2's been tracking an uptick in library blankings lately that seems to be associated with with AVG.)

  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7

    Hi,b!  It was Kaspersky. It reverted to the default itunes libary location.That came up comepletely blank so it was immediately obvious something was very wrong.


    A shift-start was all I needed, to get the library back. Then fiddle with preferences again & this command-line tweak.