How to STOP iTunes from opening with bluetooth speakers

ZestyOne

macrumors regular
Original poster
Oct 18, 2009
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Paradise
This is so insanely annoying. iTunes feels the need to open constantly.

For starters I have a Sony soundbar (speakers) that connect to my TV. When I'm not using the TV I like to connect to my soundbar from my rMBP via bluetooth.

Any time I turn the paired soundbar ON, iTunes opens. I seem to have isolated it to simply turning on the soundbar .. which activates the device pairing, is what opens it.

I'm aware of the 'dummy app' iTunes but I'd prefer not to do that as it's a bit hackey. Can I do this with a plist setting or something?:eek:
 

radiohead14

macrumors 6502a
Nov 6, 2008
873
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nyc
also interested in a solution to this.. why must apple insist on opening up iTunes every time i connect to my bluetooth speakers?
 

btownguy

macrumors 6502a
Jun 18, 2009
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This is so insanely annoying. iTunes feels the need to open constantly.

For starters I have a Sony soundbar (speakers) that connect to my TV. When I'm not using the TV I like to connect to my soundbar from my rMBP via bluetooth.

Any time I turn the paired soundbar ON, iTunes opens. I seem to have isolated it to simply turning on the soundbar .. which activates the device pairing, is what opens it.

I'm aware of the 'dummy app' iTunes but I'd prefer not to do that as it's a bit hackey. Can I do this with a plist setting or something?:eek:
Ever get an answer to this?
 

Nikoloco

macrumors newbie
Apr 27, 2014
1
3
Solved for you

This works for me in 10.9.2

In Finder go to Applications and show package contents on iTunes.app. Inside the MacOS folder there is a unix script called iTunes, I renamed it iTunesclosed. Also renamed ituneshelper.app to ituneshelpdisabled.app

After that Im money, my damn itunes doesnt start up and play when I connect my bluetooth speakers :D
 

JetSetiZen

macrumors newbie
Sep 9, 2015
3
0
Solved for you

This works for me in 10.9.2

In Finder go to Applications and show package contents on iTunes.app. Inside the MacOS folder there is a unix script called iTunes, I renamed it iTunesclosed. Also renamed ituneshelper.app to ituneshelpdisabled.app

After that Im money, my damn itunes doesnt start up and play when I connect my bluetooth speakers :D
Awesome - tks Nikoloco
 

specimen2222

macrumors newbie
Dec 28, 2015
1
0
Solved for you

This works for me in 10.9.2

In Finder go to Applications and show package contents on iTunes.app. Inside the MacOS folder there is a unix script called iTunes, I renamed it iTunesclosed. Also renamed ituneshelper.app to ituneshelpdisabled.app

After that Im money, my damn itunes doesnt start up and play when I connect my bluetooth speakers :D
This worked for me in 10.11.1
Perfect, thank you !!
 

TheBigN8

macrumors newbie
Mar 10, 2017
1
0
Solved for you

This works for me in 10.9.2

In Finder go to Applications and show package contents on iTunes.app. Inside the MacOS folder there is a unix script called iTunes, I renamed it iTunesclosed. Also renamed ituneshelper.app to ituneshelpdisabled.app

After that Im money, my damn itunes doesnt start up and play when I connect my bluetooth speakers :D
Great work around it worked great for me also running 10.12 macOS Sierra but I did fined that renaming both files disable iTunes completely. Witch for some is fantastic. But I use iTunes sometimes so by just renaming the iTuneshelper.app file will keep itues from opening when connecting my Bluetooth speaker and I was able to use iTunes by being able to open it. I still haven't found any other issues with iTunes after renaming the ITuneshelper.app file.
 
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Fatboy71

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Dec 21, 2010
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UK
I'm having the same issue with Catalina, and following the instructions from post number 4, but this time doing it with the Music app, I cannot rename the script file, Catalina won't let you do it.
 
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