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Question: iTunes automatically starts playing when iPhone 5 (w iOS 7.0.2) is connected to car radio via an Apple cable

I'm using an iPhone 5 with iOS 7.0.2, regardless it is the most recent update


When I plug my phone into my car radio's USB port (Apple cable, not knock off) iTunes starts to play the very first song in my large iTunes library.


I plug into the USB port to charge it and to connect the phone to radio in order to use hands free audio.


I have tried two or three different cables, it happens with all cables and again all are actual Apple cables.


I do not recall this happening with iOs 6 or at least as much.

With iOs 7 it happens every f***ing 😠 time. Extremely annoying and dangerous (I may get so frustrated by this that one day I might just smash the phone or the car radio :-) to the equipment.


I have to unlock my phone, go to iTunes and pause or stop the song/iTunes. ➖➖

The app does not show as being open, that is why I have to go iTunes itself, the old fashioned way, so to speak. 😕


It sometimes happens when I plug my headset in (also Apple brand, the basic ones that come with the iPad and iPhones) to phone and have tried the two different ones I have. It only seems to happen if my phone is not in use (i.e. I am on a call and switch to the headset it does not happen)


Interestingly this issue with the headphones and iTunes automatically starting happened more with iOS 6 and than with iOS 7. Ironically the opposite is true with the car radio, USB port cable, charging and iPhone — it rarely happened with iOS 6.0 but with iOS 7.0 it always happens.


I cannot seem to find a fix here but I do see I am not the only one with this annoying issue.


Please someone (APPLE!) figure out a fix. ➕ℹ➕


PS I have even considered NOT having any of my music on my phone — none at all — which not only would solve the problem (I would hope!) but be extremely inconvenient and defeating the purpose of only having an iPhone vs an iPhone and an iPod.


PPS - I probably left out something really relevant, like what color is my car 😝, so if I did, please let me know.

iPhone 5, iOS 7.0.2, iTunes

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Apr 8, 2014 3:57 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I've wanted to smash my phone every time I get on the car when it starts playing Jackson 5 ABC. I want to throw up every time I hear the first ten seconds of that GD song. I prefer spotlight to iTunes So what I have done to stop this is sign out of my Apple ID on my phone. It's the best I can do. It doesn't play that horrid song any longer.

Apr 8, 2014 3:57 PM

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Apr 17, 2014 4:48 PM in response to Nickafuller In response to Nickafuller

stevenXcross has been correct that it is because there is a song is in "playing" state. So every time the iPhone is Bluetooth connected to the car's audio sys, Music will continue playing the song. The following is the exact steps I did to "solve" it as stevenXcross suggested (my phone is iPhone 4 with OS 7.1)

1. Find Music app on iPhone screen, and open it

2. You should see "Now playing..." or similar on right top corner, red font

3. Follow it to the screen playing the song that must be paused in the middle of playing.

4. Play and Let it finish normally. Or drag to close to end to shorten playing. Make sure this song is not set to play "repeatly"

5. It is done. There should be no more "Nos playing" song causing the trouble.


I have only song in the album. I think the solution should work even if there are multiple songs.


Good luck

Apr 17, 2014 4:48 PM

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Apr 27, 2014 1:18 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I am so sick of hearing the opening riff of Vampire Weekend A-Punk. I found a solution! Delete all your music from iTunes and use Amazon Cloud Player instead. Great thing about the Amazon Cloud player app for iPhone is that it can do Airplay. The bad thing is that Amazon Cloud player for OS X doesn't do Airplay.


Would be great if Apple can fix this problem with ITunes, but I'm not holding my breath. It's such a piece of bloatware I doubt it will ever get fixed.

Apr 27, 2014 1:18 PM

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Apr 28, 2014 1:05 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I have 7.1 and experience the same issue. My additional problem is listening to Pandora, a call comes in so Pandora auto pauses, but then the iTunes player starts and runs while I'm on my call (blue tooth into car or even direct if I use cell phone only). I can hear the music but the other person can't. Drives me crazy. When I'm driving I can't stop to fiddle and turn it off. I'm going to try and delete all music from the library and see if that works.

Apr 28, 2014 1:05 PM

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May 5, 2014 11:48 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

RE: Music starts playing automatically when iPhone connects via Bluetooth in a car.

(In my case, it was always iTunes Radio)


I found a fix that works for my iPhone 5 running the lastest iOS 7.1.1


Go to: Settings > Cellular >

(Scroll Down until you see USE CELLULAR DATA FOR:)


This is a list of all the Apps and Utilities that can use cellular data.

Keep scrolling through these until you see Music and switch it OFF.


If you're like me and only use Bluetooth and iPhone in your car to listen to what you choose, such as Pandora orSpotify, this will work. Both Pandora and Spotify are third party apps that need to be launched to work, unlike the built in Music app that seems to have a mind of it's own.

May 5, 2014 11:48 PM

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May 6, 2014 12:39 PM in response to chrirata In response to chrirata

Just like the man said: choose "settings" from your main iPhone screen, the gray picture of a bike's front gear cluster, I think it's supposed to represent. Then, your fourth-or-so choice down from the top is "cellular". Scroll down until you see a grouping titled "USE CELLULAR DATA FOR:" and scroll down until you reach (in alphabetical order) "Music." It will likely be switched "on" (green showing). Touch that green and it will slide the slide to off. Then close settings and you're done. Now, put away the teaspoon and enjoy not having unwanted music blasting you in your car.

May 6, 2014 12:39 PM

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May 10, 2014 3:52 PM in response to chrirata In response to chrirata

I went to iTunes, discovered that a song playing was already in mid-play and in PAUSE mode. I then forced it to the end wit the slider, and left the app.


That seems, for me anyway, to do it.


It appears that when there is an unfinished song in iTunes, and the unit senses any plug-in wire with a control switch on it (headset, etc), it continues to play that song (and for no good reason - c'mon, Apple! There have been enough updates already!).


Let me know how this works. Wondering if it works for me only. Thanks!

May 10, 2014 3:52 PM

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