Stop iTunes from Automatically Launching/Playing when BT Headphones Connected?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sjcaguy, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. sjcaguy macrumors regular

    Nov 24, 2003
    I have a pair of Bluetooth headphones that trigger an unbelievably annoying behavior on my Mac. When they are connected to the computer, they automatically launch iTunes and begin playing files. I've searched and found old patches but they don't appear to work on newer versions of Mac OS. Does anyone know how to disable this behavior? I don't want to disable iTunes entirely, just stop whatever background process is causing this to happen. Thanks!
  2. iMas70 macrumors 65816

    Sep 4, 2012
  3. vkd macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2012
    I have the same problem. I resolved it by stopping to use iTunes and using VLC Media Player instead. Then I opened a terminal window, navigated to the Applications folder and used the following command, which effectively prohibits iTunes from running:

    sudo chmod 000

    You can always make it work as normal again by running:

    sudo chmod 777

    at any time.

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