Deleting Itunes... then deleting the reprecussions.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MrWizard64, Oct 1, 2016.

  1. MrWizard64 macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2013
    I got fed up of ITunes being a perpetual nuisance... bouncing icons, demanding updates, and generally being the bane of my existence.

    So I deleted it.

    Now I have a window constantly popping up saying, "Where is ITunes".......... and giving me a convenient list off apps to choose, as if my computer is helping me to point out the graveyard in which I buried that ********.
    Jokes on you computer! I've slain your precious ITunes, and it's not coming back.

    Does anyone know how to make this stop? I've drawn first blood. Now I need to finish the job.
  2. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
  3. vkd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2012
    If you update your OS iTunes will no doubt come back, it happened to me when I deleted it!

    Another option, which doesn't save disc space unfortunately, is to Get Info on it and change the permissions for 'everyone' to No Access.
  4. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    iTunes is the Windows-esque software from Apple. Bloated, non-intuitive, frustrating, pain in the a$$. It needs a TOTAL overhaul - TOTAL or complete removal from the walled garden and exiled to someplace never to be seen again.

    Apple makes great stuff, but iTunes is so bad, it is an embarrassment to the Apple eco-system.
  5. Wallabe macrumors 6502a

    Mar 15, 2015
    I agree. I think they left some of the codes from all the previous versions of iTunes and each version they just add more and more code without optimizing the whole thing. They added onto the existing product instead of a complete fresh start.

    It's funny how a new computer that you've bought seems really fast, then 2 years later, you format the computer, reinstall and update everything but the computer seems slow. Do you think they do it intentionally to get you to buy newer machines?
  6. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I wouldn't "delete" iTunes.

    Instead, I'd just use other apps to do what I needed.

    Which, in fact, is what I've done.
  7. MrWizard64 thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 8, 2013
    The only problem with that is that it wants to update itself... constantly.... when I DON'T use it for anything by fault. Literally, nothing... so I don't understand why it wants to open all of the time, and 'look for itself'.

    You can use other apps all you want, but I'll still be watching a movie on 'fullscreen', enjoying life, and suddently I have an icon bouncing on my taskbar... telling me that there's a new ITunes update then should be installed, when I WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH ITUNES. STOP UPDATING. STOP INTERRUPTING MY ****ING MOVIES. GET OUT OF MY LIFE.

    So, I am not convinced that the problem is the fact that Itunes is the default application for anything. I would never allow it to be the default. How can I check this?
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I've disabled ALL automatic updates on my Macs.

    NOTHING "updates" until I tell it to.
  9. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    Your first mistake is that you killed iTunes and your computer essentially saw this as an act of war (WWI reference).

    Now, you can change your defaults, but iTunes has a lot of integration with macOS. I'm actually surprised you didn't break Notification Center too.

    As deleting upsetting things is destructively therapeutic while you are doing it, deleting native apps is probably the worst thing you could do. Like deleting Windows Media Player on Windows. It breaks everything and now that I think about it you also probably affected Safari in some way.

    Your best course of action, is to re-install iTunes just to keep things stable (even if you never use it) and just install a second media player. You won't hurt anything by doing so, maybe use up 200 MB for the iTunes install, but well worth it considering all the nagging you'll save yourself.

    Even if you change the file associations, Notification Center will scream at you when it looks for iTunes.

    Probably not the best way to look at it.

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