Ugh - Must iPhone bring iTunes to front when it's plugged in?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MBHockey, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    In my opinion, it is quite obnoxious that EVERY time i plug in my iPhone it has to send iTunes to the forefront of all my open apps.

    I plug it in when I come home from work to charge and sync it, but it does it all automatically so why does iTunes pop to the front like a nagging Windows app saying "HEY LOOK AT MEME!!!1111" every time I plug it in?

    I turned off automatic sync when the iPhone is connected, but that didn't stop this obnoxious iTunes behavior. Any way around it?

    Edit: I should mention that this happens because I usually keep iTunes minimized to the Dock, and it maximizes when I connect the phone -- which I guess makes logical sense. It doesn't do it if the window is hidden or simply in the background, which is nice. :p
     
  2. Sobe macrumors 68000

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    I forget exactly how I did it, but iTunes doesn't automatically launch when I connect my iPhone.

    I know I changed something though, because it used to do it by default.
     
  3. nate94gt macrumors member

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    mine NEVER brought itunes to the front, to the best of my knowledge. There must be an option somewhere in itunes.
    also, do you have a mac or pc? That could make a difference (ie: windows has an option on what to do when the iphone is plugged in)
     
  4. bacaramac macrumors 65816

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  5. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    Here you are...
     

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  6. MBHockey thread starter macrumors 68040

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    As I mentioned in my initial post, auto-sync is not the cause of this. There used to be a setting in iTunes (the Summary page for iPhone) that allowed you to deselect the opening of iTunes when an iPhone was attached...but that seems to be gone now. Oh well.
     
  7. iwasnevy macrumors newbie

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    This drives me nuts too!
    Turning off auto sync isn't the answer for me, because I usually want it to sync when I plug it in. I just don't want the iTunes window to open - I'm getting sick of closing it all the time! Sync it, but don't open the iTunes window - anyone have a hack/tweak/workaround?
     
  8. JBaker122586 macrumors 65816

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    No, because it syncs with iTunes, so iTunes has to be open.

    I just keep iTunes in its own Space, so I never really have to worry about it.
     
  9. iwasnevy macrumors newbie

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    Well, yes, iTunes has to be running, but there's no reason the window has to open or come to the front - it could sync with the iTunes window closed - I know because I can close the window in the middle of a sync and it still keeps on syncin away. Running iTunes in a seperate space would work, but seems cumbersome to me. I'd rather find a tweak to write to a plist file to make itunes remain hidden when the iphone is plugged in.
     
  10. MGrizam macrumors newbie

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    ugh is right

    did anyone get a fix for this? it drives me nuts
     
  11. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure that on the main iPhone tab of iTunes (when the phone is plugged in) there is a check box for "Startup iTunes automatically when connected". See if deselecting that fixes the problem.
     
  12. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe you're not using a current version of iTunes, because, as noted already by the OP, there is no such option.
     
  13. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    It is a minor annoyance, but I've gotten used to expecting it when I plug my iPhone in, so it doesn't bother me too much. I only plug my iPhone in when I'm ready.
     
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Set syncing to manual and iTunes won't open.

    Or something. :D Mine doesn't, so it can be done.

    I demand that you rename this.:mad:
    :p
     
  15. pauld macrumors regular

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    On a similar note,
    Is there any way to stop my iMac from waking from sleep each time i put my iPhone in the dock? I presume it powers up because it detects USB activity, but it's a real pain in the ass, since I then have to wait for a bit, enter my password, potentially cancel the sync and put the mac back to sleep.
    A small annoyance I know, but it grates on me having to do this every night!
     
  16. dZp macrumors 6502a

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    You've missed the boat as well.
    The OP is not complaining about iTunes launching when plugging his iPhone. He's talking about iTunes' window maximising/coming to the front (because it was already running) when plugging the iPhone. And it's been said already, setting sync to manual is not the solution (if there are any) for this behaviour.
     
  17. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    The problem with that is... I have iTunes always running (It needs to be for my AppleTV. It's always a pain when I'm ready to watch my AppleTV and I can't browse my shows, so I have to take out my iPhone, open Jaadu VNC, connect to my Mac Pro, launch iTunes, close Jaadu, go to my first home screen, and lock my iPhone. The other solution is that I get up and walk 10 feet... what a hassle that would be. So I leave iTunes running and it does indeed pop up when it detects an iPhone.
     
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Why why WHY would you minimize a program?

    Command-H, baby!

    Geez, it's like you people LIKE clicking on tiny things instead of using the keyboard.

    Command-H
    Command-Tab
    Command-Tab then switch Tab to ~

    3 things. Learn them. Use them. Be happy! :D
     
  19. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Ya ... I'm big on hiding, and I never fully close iTunes. Red Button to hide is all I need.

    Besides, I use my iPhone in a more "classic" phone way, and I charge it just on my nightstand for the most part (or at work if I need it). I only go for a full-on sync maybe about once a week or so.
     
  20. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    The red button doesn't hide, it closes the window. Hiding is CMD-H. I usually like having iTunes showing (in minimized mode, not in Dock), but that's just me. I like the mini player.
     
  21. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Red button and CMD-H don't do the same thing in iTunes?
     
  22. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Nope. When you hide an app, the menu bar for that app also hides. When you close the iTunes window, you're just closing a window. Clicking the iTunes icon automatically re-opens the default window. Mail works the same way.

    By the way. Close is CMD-W and hide is CMD-H. I also have my Dock icons gray out when they're hidden, so I can tell what's hidden and what's just in the background. In your case, you're just closing iTunes' default window and sending it to the background when you click on another app.
     
  23. jocamero macrumors regular

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    Has anyone found a way to keep iTunes 'hidden' even when an iPhone is plugged into their Mac? I use the Command + H method when a sync begins but it would be nice to keep it hidden.
     
  24. i-am-stewart macrumors newbie

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    I've still not found an answer to this.

    I have my iPhone synced to my mac at home but like to keep it charged in my mac at work. It really annoys me that it launches iTunes everytime I plug it in.

    I have the "Disable automatic syncing for iPhones and iPods" ticked on, in preferences and the "automatically sync when iPhone is connected" ticked off in the iPhone Summery tab.

    Also was it just me or did this sort it's self out for a week after iTunes 8.2 was released. Now it's gone back to normal!

    Any one figured it out yet?

    {stew}
     
  25. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Why are you syncing daily? If it's just the Address Book and Calendar, subscribe to MobileMe to sync over the air and you won't have to worry about plugging it in so frequently.
     

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