My mac randomly plays my iTunes music while I'm watching a movie or just using my laptop. I can't stop it because iTunes is never actually open. I've tried opening iTunes and playing music but they both seem just to play over the top of each other. The only way to stop the music is to restart the laptop

  • It's more than odd. Did you try to scan against malware and some viruses? Let's do that first to narrow down possible circumstances. Jul 27, 2015 at 10:35
  • 1
    Are you using an Apple remote?
    – fd0
    Jul 27, 2015 at 11:28
  • Are you sure the music is coming from iTunes, not Spotify or other sources? Perhaps you could post a list of processes running on your computer. Open a Terminal window, and run ps aux. Copy the resulting output, and edit it into your answer. Jul 28, 2015 at 10:22

2 Answers 2


Are you wearing Apple EarPods/Earphones with an inline remote? If you press the center button on them anytime it will play a song from iTunes.


Are you using your Apple TV remote? Older Mac laptops have an IR sensor that will respond to this. If so, see "Turn off Macbook Pro IR sensor" for instructions on how to disable this functionality.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .