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Although I do like and enjoy using iTunes, I'm not a fan of the new Ping service that Apple has embedded into it.

Is it possible to disable the Ping link under "Store", the Ping sidebar, and the Ping buttons next to each song? If so, how?

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I hate that they give no choices for being anonymous. Why do I have to use my real full name to sign up? – Robert S Ciaccio Dec 10 '10 at 15:37
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In iTunes 10.1, there’s a setting for that:

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Additionally you can set a parental control that also disables Ping.

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brilliant, thanks! – Airplane Mode Dec 1 '10 at 19:16

You can also restore the old arrow functionality

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defaults write show-store-link-arrows 1

I also suggest the following:

defaults write invertStoreLinks 1

This setting switches the default behaviour of the arrow links. By default (well, by default in iTunes 10.0.0 and before) the arrows would send the user to the corresponding page in the iTunes Store, but you could also hold down Opt and click to be redirected to the corresponding list in your own library.

Now, to reset it all to Apple's defaults... you can either do the same lines as above but replacing '1' with '0', or you can delete the settings by changing "write" to "delete" and removing the 1 from the end:

defaults delete disablePingSidebar

defaults delete hide-ping-dropdown

defaults delete show-store-link-arrows

defaults delete invertStoreLinks

restart when done.

I blogged about this when I read Tom Gidden's article

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If you dont like playing with the command line, I advise you to install Secret.

With this Preferences pane, you'll have access to hidden settings for a lot of applications (from Apple and third parties).

Then, all you have to do is go to the iTunes section and search for "Ping", like so: preference pane secret

If you know your way around, here are the commands:

defaults write hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE


defaults write disablePingSidebar 1

Switch to -bool FALSE and disablePingSidebar 0 to if you want the default value again.

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