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The play/pause keyboard buttons always launch iTunes. I want to use a Subsonic client, Thumper. The buttons control Thumper correctly, but I want to prevent iTunes launching.

There was a hacky solution available previously, but that no longer works.

Is there a way to disable this iTunes behaviour?

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I searched everywhere for a clean solution. Many solutions that worked for Lion and below no longer worked for Mountain Lion. However, this works and it took me hours to find. Enjoy!

From the website:

In a search for a non-hacky way to disable direct mappings to iTunes for the play/pause/next/previous buttons in the keyboard in OSX, I stumbled across the "Remote control daemon" (rcd). As it turns out, disabling the iTunes launch behavior for these keys is as easy as unloading rcd with the following command:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/
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Thank you very much! – billy_ran_away Nov 27 '12 at 16:25
Doing the unloading tip above disabled my headphone volume up/down buttons. Be wary! – user81936 Jun 17 '14 at 19:40

If you press ⌘ command + shift + pause it doesn't open iTunes. Also it sometimes works if you only press ⌘ command + pause or shift + pause

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This doesn't sound like an answer to me, is it an answer? If so, please be more certain and edit your answer. – Rob Apr 17 '14 at 6:54

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