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I don't want to disable Apple software update, I just want to prevent myself from accidentally overwriting my iTunes 10 with a working Party Shuffle/iTunes DJ with the new iTunes 11. I have iTunes 11 at work, where it doesn't really matter what I've got installed because I can't play music during the day, and I've tried to come up with some combination of smart playlists that effectively duplicates iTunes DJ... but it doesn't work. The tools aren't there.

So, how do I do it, how do I selectively block updates for iTunes 11?

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Please edit your question to include which version of OS X you are running. The update mechanism is different on Mountain Lion than it was on Lion and before and an answer to one might not work on the other. –  bmike Feb 17 '13 at 17:44
@bmike I included pre- & post- Mountain Lion in my answer, so the edit is no longer required. –  Chris W. Rea Feb 28 '13 at 21:31

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The methods differ based on whether you are using OS X Mountain Lion, or an earlier edition.

For OS X Mountain Lion (where updates are now merged with the Mac App Store):

For the software update you would like to hide - make sure the full description of the update is shown - click "More..." if needed to show the full description

Right click on the update window. Select "Hide update"

This will hide the update and it will not show in the App Store Updates Window or counted on the dock icon. [...]

[emphasis above is mine]

For OS X Lion and earlier:

How to ignore an update
[Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.4, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.6, OS X Lion]

  1. Choose Software Update from the Apple menu.
  2. Click Show Details when prompted.
  3. Click to select the name of the update you wish to ignore.
  4. Choose Ignore Update… from the Update menu. A confirmation dialog appears that states, "Are you sure you want to remove the update (name of update) from the list? You will no longer be notified of new versions of this update. To see this update again, choose Software Update > Reset Ignored Updates."
  5. Click OK.
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If you're using Lion or earlier, you can just block updates from Software Update. After Mountain Lion, I don't think you can...

Keep a backup of your iTunes by copying the .app to somewhere safe - that way, you can easily restore to the backup. (Also consider backing up your Music Library and ~/Library/iTunes)

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