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With 10.9 iTunes keeps starting automatically after few minutes and I don’t know why. I quit it and 3 minutes later, its starts again.

The problem persist after reboots.

This lines show up in the console after a reboot

01.02.14 00:49:49,820 iTunes[4107]: BUG in libdispatch client: kevent[EVFILT_WRITE] delete: "No such file or directory" - 0x2
01.02.14 00:50:29,773 com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[149]: (com.apple.iTunesHelper.108624[403]) Exited with code: 1
01.02.14 00:52:44,576 iTunes[422]: ApplePushService: APSConnection being used without a delegate queue
01.02.14 00:53:11,817 iTunes[422]: Entered:_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:1
01.02.14 00:53:11,817 iTunes[422]: Entered:__thr_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:1
01.02.14 00:53:11,817 iTunes[422]: tid:a203 - Mux ID not found in mapping dictionary
01.02.14 00:53:11,817 iTunes[422]: tid:a203 - Can't handle disconnect with invalid ecid

another time, iTunes started automatically

03.02.14 21:10:47,390 iTunes[4752]: Entered:_AMMuxedVersion2DeviceConnected, mux-device:1
03.02.14 21:10:47,395 iTunes[4752]: tid:3903 - unable to query device capabilities
03.02.14 21:10:52,436 iTunes[4752]: ApplePushService: APSConnection being used without a delegate queue
03.02.14 21:11:20,616 iTunes[4752]: Entered:_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:2
03.02.14 21:11:20,616 iTunes[4752]: Entered:__thr_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:2
03.02.14 21:11:20,616 iTunes[4752]: tid:3a03 - Mux ID not found in mapping dictionary
03.02.14 21:11:20,616 iTunes[4752]: tid:3a03 - Can't handle disconnect with invalid ecid

a third time today, this happens

03.02.14 22:10:54,381 iTunes[18608]: Entered:_AMMuxedVersion2DeviceConnected, mux-device:1
03.02.14 22:10:54,385 iTunes[18608]: tid:3107 - unable to query device capabilities
03.02.14 22:10:58,344 iTunes[18608]: ApplePushService: APSConnection being used without a delegate queue
03.02.14 22:11:27,051 iTunes[18608]: Entered:_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:3
03.02.14 22:11:27,051 iTunes[18608]: Entered:__thr_AMMuxedDeviceDisconnected, mux-device:3
03.02.14 22:11:27,051 iTunes[18608]: tid:14807 - Mux ID not found in mapping dictionary
03.02.14 22:11:27,051 iTunes[18608]: tid:14807 - Can't handle disconnect with invalid ecid

The following suggestions I already tried out

  • iTunes really quits and gets a new PID
  • no iOS device or iPod is connected
  • I checked /Users/username/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/ and/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/, there are no Plug-ins installed
  • I checked launchd, but I’m not entirely sure, what I’m looking for
  • iTunes is not set as a login item
  • no mic or speaker connected
  • all iOS devices have Wi-Fi sync deactivated
  • infrared is disabled

    launchctl list

launchctl list

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167 -   com.apple.Finder
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  • 3
    Are you sure it really quits (new iTunes should have a new PID then)? – nohillside Nov 15 '13 at 22:21
  • 2
    I'm having this problem as well. I have not iDevices connected, no plugs installed, and not headphones plugged in. – ThinkingStiff Nov 20 '13 at 16:35
  • 3
    I would try two things. 1, check if you have any plugins in /Users/username/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/ or /Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/ if so quit iTunes and temporary move the plugins else where 2, try and see if this happens in another user account. if you do not have a second user account to test with. Apple provide a web page with instructions of how to create a test user account [How to troubleshoot OS X user accounts] support.apple.com/kb/TS4053 – markhunte Jan 31 '14 at 21:11
  • 2
    Try a reboot or logout. There maybe a launch agent still active. Also did you try another account – markhunte Jan 31 '14 at 23:31
  • 2
    Sebastien, there have been a lot of suggestions. Could you edit your question and list the ones that you have tried, please. – Tony Williams Feb 5 '14 at 22:43

22 Answers 22

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com.apple.launchd.peruser.501[149] - looks to me like some process is using launchd as user 501 to open iTunesHelper. The PID in brackets is the culprit. What's process 149?

launchctl list will tell you what's loading via launchd. Check the list; if you see any plugins or helpers you know you removed, kill them with launchctl remove name.of.process

Two other things to try: You keep getting error messages about Mux IDs not existing. Kill all the items in the Mux ID list by deleting /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.usbmuxd.plist and reboot.

If that doesn't help, trash iTunes and your iTunes plists, then download and install iTunes 11 fresh from Apple.

  • rebooting after deleting com.apple.usbmuxd.plist does not solve the problem. Which iTunes plists should I delete? – Sebastian Semmler Feb 7 '14 at 13:58
  • What's the anonymous.AppleMobile entry in your launchctl items? I checked my machine (running mavericks) and don't see that entry at all. If you are reinstalling iTunes just back up all plist files in /Library/Preferences and ~/Library/Preferences that contain iTunes in the name (compress to archive or copy to external media). Delete originals and iTunes app, then reinstall. If no change then safe to add back the original prefs. Really sorry that nothing seems to have helped so far, this must be infuriating to deal with. – dr.nixon Feb 8 '14 at 15:10
2

I've had problems with 3rd-party iTunes extensions not keeping up with iTunes updates and causing all kind of weird behavior. In order to figure out if a plugin or extension might be involved, try starting iTunes up in safe mode:

http://support.apple.com/kb/ts3430

If the odd behavior goes away, then it's just a matter of figuring out which extension is the culprit.

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I do know that an infrared remote can start iTunes if the "play" button is pushed. Have you looked into this possibility?

To disable all infrared remotes, go to System Preferences -> Security and Privacy and click the "Advanced" button at the bottom of the window. Then check the box labeled "Disable remote control infrared receiver".

To ensure only a specific remote that you trust and control is used with your computer, use the "Pair..." button in the same sheet, to pair your computer with a remote.

IF... you wanted to temporarily test this, without disabling anything, you could place a piece of electrical tape over the IR receiver on the front of your computer. You know... just to make sure that nobody in the office is jacking with you.

Bill

2

I found the solution. It was one of third party Launchbar 5 Extensions. An Update von Launchbar 6 with the new extension fixed the problem.

  • 3
    Can you tell us how did the Launchbar 5 did that? – Ruskes Nov 25 '14 at 5:31
1

As well as turning off the infra red receiver I'd also plug in a pair of headphones which should cut down the possibility that it is something in the headphone jack. As I'm a total cynic I'd also replace your keyboard for the day.

See how those go.

  • Thanks. That solved it for me. The problem I had was that I was leaning on the integrated controls on the headphone cord for my AKG K619 set. Doh! – Quintin Willison May 19 '15 at 14:00
1

I have had the same problem. This appeared to be an issue with the Last.fm scrobbler program for me. Force-quitting (via the apple menu) first Last.fm and then iTunes fixed iTunes rising from the dead again.

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I may have resolved a similar problem on a MacBook Air.

Nothing indicated here worked.

  • Nothing was plugged into any port before or during experiencing thisproblem.
  • I killed processes.
  • I launchctl removed iTunes and it's helper.
  • I removed the only Plug-In: Quartz
  • I removed .plist files
  • I rebooted. Repeatedly.

Rather than go insane, I expanded the iTunes package and trashed the two .apps.

Back in the console I noticed this message:

2/28/14 6:17:45.928 PM rcd[249]: spawn_via_launchd() failed, errno=22 label=com.apple.iTunes.25552 path=/Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes flags=1

This indicates that the remote control daemon is being triggered by a remote somewhere.

BUT MY MACBOOK AIR DOES NOT HAVE AN IR PORT!

So this is a bug or malware or a virus of some sort in my case.

This is how I stopped the problem, I used the instructions of JeremyCrabTree to disable rcd:

The culprit here is the Remote Control Daemon, it lives in

/System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app

To simply disable it, open a terminal window and type

sudo chmod a-x /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd killall -9 rcd

To re-enable it,

sudo chmod a+x /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd

Then log out and back in. (I couldn't get iTunes to respond again without logging out and back in)

you will now be able to use your media keys with any app you want. You won't be able to use them with iTunes, however. (odd, huh?) The problem appears, to me, to be that rcd uses AppleScript to communicate with the various Apple apps it controls (Quicktime Player, Quicktime PlayerX, DVDPlayer, Aperture, iPhoto, iTunes, and Keynote) (warning technical stuff to follow) If you view the strings contained in the executable you can see it explicitly launching iTunes

strings /System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd

You will find the following, if you look for it,

tell application id "com.apple.iTunes" to launch

which is not present in the 10.5 version of rcd.app (yes, I checked)

Just for giggles and grins I opened the executable (/System/Library/CoreServices/rcd.app/Contents/MacOS/rcd) in a hex editor and munged the launch command above. I logged out, then logged back in. I can now use my media keys without autolaunching iTunes AND I can still use them with iTunes when it is open.

In summary, someone at Apple deliberately altered the Remote Control Daemon to launch iTunes when using the play/pause button. It would be trivially easy for them to fix, either by disabling it or making it a configurable option.

Then I untrashed my two apps and went about my business.

I still don't know what caused it.

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I had the same thing happen to me. iTunes was automatically launching. I finally figured out it was because of my bluetooth stereo speakers. Every time I connected to my external bluetooth speakers, by either turning my bluetooth speakers on or turning my MacBook bluetooth on using the Menu bar icon control, iTunes launches.

So, at least now I know why iTunes is launching automatically. It is because somehow iTunes is 'configured' to automatically launch when a bluetooth speaker of some sort becomes connected to my MacBook.

What I don't know is how to disable that behavior.

It seems kind of intrusive and disruptive that iTunes would 'assume' that every time I connect a bluetooth speaker I'm going to want to play music using iTunes. I have not used iTunes for music in several years. Maybe if iTunes/Apple had a decent streaming music service that was 1/2 as good as Spotify, I would, but I still would not want iTunes to ASSUME that I'm going to use it and launch itself.

I'll start iTunes when I WANT to use iTunes. It is annoying that it is launching itself. Apple thinks it knows better than I do when I want to use iTunes. I THINK NOT.

If anyone figures this out, I would be very interested in knowing how to DISABLE iTunes from automatically launching based on when bluetooth devices are connected.

I hope this helps someone.

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Mine was relaunching immediately, so I had to quit iTunes while holding down command-option and held them down 'til it's inevitable relaunch. The dialog for iTunes safe mode came up, and iTunes launched. I quit iTunes. It didn't restart. I opened it again (not in safe mode) and quit and it doesn't relaunch anymore. Evidently, launching in safe mode forced some process to quit (maybe a visualizer?) that was causing the relaunch. Hope this helps someone.

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I had the same problem. In my case removing the earphone (it's a mobile earphone) solved the issue. It seems when I plugin the earphone while playing some media files with either iTunes or VLC or anything for that matter the iTunes doesn't start automatically. But I think the point is to insert the plug in the jack only after when you have started playing (player doesn't matter). If you insert the earphone before switching on the MBP or insert it just after logging in then the iTunes could pop up. Hope this helps someone.

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I had the same problem. It turned out to be a Dashboard Widget. Try going to the Dashboard and remove any iTunes related widgets.

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I tried almost everything. It's probably hardware issue. The only thing that works for me is... log out user from iTunes when playing music from web.

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My iTunes was opening every time I'd make a Skype call to a telephone. Not only would it open, but it would cut off the outgoing sound so that the person I was calling couldn't hear me. I have a MacBook Pro. I tried a lot of things to get it to stop, including rebooting, to no avail. Finally I went to Finder>Applications and ctrl-clicked on the iTunes icon. Lo and behold, there were two Skype files in the Contents folder. I removed them and pasted them into the Skype Contents folder. Problem solved.

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When i have my headphone plug into my iMac, iTunes automatically start. In my situation, my iMac headphone plug slot is somehow broken. So my iTunes start randomly. I solved this issue simply by removing my headphone from my computer.

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I think I found the answer: I have two speaker jacks in the back of my iMac. One labeled for 'Headphones' and the other with a 'Pair of speakers' symbol. I accidentally plugged my external speakers into the headphones jack. When I switched to the other jack, the problem of automatic and repeated starting of iTunes stopped.

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For me, it was because I had a Pimmsleur language CD in the CD player. So... it kept seeing a CD and turning iTunes on, playing whatever my last playlist was (weird). This happened randomly, it seemed to me, but especially if I was scrolling or start/stopping a Youtube video with my touchpad.

I like being able to leave a CD in, so, I went to my computer Settings, opened CD/DVD, and switched what to do with a CD in the slot from "Open iTunes" to "Ignore."

If I want the CD to open iTunes, I'll click on it and tell it to. Or just open iTunes.

So far, no more problems.

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UnCheck "Check for new software updates automatically" under "Preferences/Advanced"

  • Nope, that didn't work either! FUDGE!! – Matt Stevens Oct 22 '14 at 2:39
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https://blog.dave.io/2013/07/fix-for-itunes-starting-up-and-playing-music-by-itself-or-help-my-laptop-is-possessed/

This solved it here. I've just unplugged my headphone from the laptop. Never happened after it.

I hope that helps.

Cheers.

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On Yosemite- but this appears to not be release-dependent. It is a "feature" not a bug. I am experiencing this with a particular subprocess from a CNN webpage page in Firefox. Never seen it before, but I thought it might be a server push request... sure enough, I close the page, and it stops, visit the url and it does it again. I then disabled the Quicktime Firefox addon and reloaded the same url. This prevented it trying to talk to iTunes. I didn't see any code up-front in the HTML, so it was in some javascript includes it was using. I'm not interested enough to dig around in the .js files to find it (it's bedtime).

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I had the same problem with Yosemite - in the end, it was quite simple.

Go to System Preferences > System > Users & Groups > [Your user ID] > Login Items.

The programs that automatically start on Login are listed.

If 'iTunes helper' is ticked, untick it.

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It appears that iTunes is set as one of your login items.

Go to system preferences>Users and select your account.

Towards the top of the window you will see a button labeled as "login items." Check iTunes(and any other unnecessary apps) and click the minus symbol to remove them from the list of apps that will automatically start.

If that doesn't help, you can try manually killing all iTunes-related tasks.

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    This doesn't explain the restart after quitting it though. – nohillside Nov 15 '13 at 20:20
  • It’s not an login item, even the iTunes Helper isn’t a login item. As I said, I quit iTunes and a few minutes later it’s starts its self again. – Sebastian Semmler Nov 15 '13 at 21:54
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I had the same problem. I just realized that, having headphones with a mike and a mute button, my elbow was accidentally pushing it. Stupid, for sure :-)

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