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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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Jul 8, 2017 7:51 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I know it's been quite a while since you posted this, but I also ran into this problem (more recently), and I have done something that might help you and all of the other people who have been having this issue.


I have created a song that is 79 minutes of silence and called "AAA Silence" (search for that in the iTunes Music Store). Because--in my experience--the "autoplay" just starts playing the first song you have alphabetically, "AAA Silence" will start playing. So at least you won't have music playing, it will just be silent. And you'll have 79 minutes to start some other song.


I also made a web site, aaasilence.com, which explains it in a bit more detail.

Jul 8, 2017 7:51 PM

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Oct 6, 2017 6:42 AM in response to Kellymcsand In response to Kellymcsand

Thank you for the kind advice.

This function is interrupting the normal operation of IOS.

This issue is more then the inconviniounce of having to handle the iPhone while driving.

Simply stated;

iPhone users require a common sense and safe solution to this problem.

Apple has created a hazardous situation by equipping the IOS with a mindless auto-start

function to do , of all things, play iTunes!

It is dangerous if not arrogant for Apple to assume that pushing a function that requires human interface

to disable it.


jm

Oct 6, 2017 6:42 AM

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Oct 6, 2017 6:43 AM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

Thank you for the kind advice.

This function is interrupting the normal operation of IOS.

This issue is more then the inconviniounce of having to handle the iPhone while driving.

Simply stated;

iPhone users require a common sense and safe solution to this problem.

Apple has created a hazardous situation by equipping the IOS with a mindless auto-start

function to do , of all things, play iTunes!

It is dangerous if not arrogant for Apple to assume that pushing a function that requires human interface

to disable it.

Oct 6, 2017 6:43 AM

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Oct 6, 2017 10:39 AM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I feel held hostage by Apple. Their system literally overrides other audio I want to play via Bluetooth in my car! Other App starts to play, stops and on comes Apple Music AGAIN. Even though I have manually turned off music - even when Apple music app is off. How can they hijack my Bluetooth like this?

Oct 6, 2017 10:39 AM

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Nov 14, 2017 12:55 AM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I have a Honda Jazz that works great using the USB port for playing music as an "IPOD"; I am terribly frustred by the fact that the same song starts playing everytime - when in fact I want to stream radio using the internet (as many others have noted).


HOWEVER, I have deleted all the songs from the library on my phone -- now when I plug the phone in, the dash display says "No Song" AND NOW there is no sound coming from any of the other applications including Waze. This means I have to have at least one song, have it start playing on the phone, switch screens to pause the song en then only will the GPS and the streaming radio in the car play music via the ipod device.


My only solution now will be to create on "song file" that has no sound, just to activate the IPOD functionality and have playback work in my car.


PLEASE PLEASE fix this!

Nov 14, 2017 12:55 AM

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Nov 14, 2017 7:09 PM in response to sdkatsh In response to sdkatsh

I still have this problem, running iOS 11.1.1 on an iPhone 8 plus. I have NO music downloaded to my phone. When I plug into my vehicle's USB port, the iTunes library plays automatically. I don't want the library anywhere on my phone, but it shows up anyway. It apparently doesn't matter whether you have chosen to only download certain music on your phone (I tried that with my SE). If you do not choose a playlist and start the music that you have manually chosen, the whole library will begin playing. This also happens when I connect to bluetooth. I want it to stop. I left the music OFF my phone for a reason. I've found a lot of advice online for how to delete music from my library, but I don't want to do that. I purchased it, I want to keep it in my library. I don't want it to play on a device that I haven't downloaded it to.

Nov 14, 2017 7:09 PM

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Nov 17, 2017 7:38 AM in response to remomommy In response to remomommy

I'm thinking this is closest to the issues on my 6s.


I've deleted all music and playlists from my phone via iTunes/PC. Even deleted all iTunes/iPhone backups from my PC.


"Settings>Music>Downloaded Music>Zero kb" displays in Music settings.


"Settings>Cellular>Music>off" displays in Cellular settings.


Disabled "show show apple music" in Music settings.


Reproduction:

1. Listen to Spotify on 6s. App is left open with current song paused.

2. Plug my phone into the USB of my car (Toyota Rav4 - 2015, or Hyundai Sonata - 2013).

3. iTunes begins playing first song listed in device? Cloud? iOS? (sorry, no idea what it's playing the song from).

4. Double-click home button to force-quit iTunes. App is not active and only pressing "pause" on vehicle's physical radio or disconnecting the USB cable from car or continuing to step 5 stops the music.

5. Switch to Spotify, play song, iTunes no longer plays.


With 11.0 or later (or when I first noticed), I found I was able to delete the iTunes app from my 6s. I removed the iTunes app from my phone tested this in both vehciles for a couple of days. Doing so, I found the auto-play of non-existent songs by iTunes ceased.


BUT, deleting the iTunes app caused a new and worse issue in that while using Spotify my FF/REV buttons no longer worked using the car steering wheel audio controls or FF/REV buttons on the physical car stereo (in either vehicle), but the controls still work using the buttons in the Spotify app.


Next, I re-installed iTunes and the exact issue described in the 5 steps above replicated itself and the exact same song started playing again automatically.


I'm lost on how to fix this extremely annoying issue which has been happening for several years as others have posted.

Nov 17, 2017 7:38 AM

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