Like most, I'm having trouble with my media keys being hijacked, so I can't press Play/Pause/Rewind/Fast Forward and have it work with iTunes. In the past, the culprit has been Google Chrome Music, but this time that's not it. I don't have that extension, or any other media extension installed. I don't use Spotify or Pandora or have any media applications other than iTunes. The fn setting in System Preferences is also not the solution because I don't have it checked.

I'm open to any solution, and am familiar enough with command line if anyone has a really technical solution. Please and thanks in advance!

  • It might be worth checking and unchecking it in Preferences anyway... can sometimes fix a corrupt entry in a preference file. Though if your other function keys (e.g. Brightness and Volume) are working as expected without pressing Fn, that would confirm the problem is elsewhere.
    – calum_b
    Aug 10, 2015 at 17:43
  • @scottishwildcat thanks for the reply! Yeah, I've gone through the preferences a ton of times in the last few days trying to figure it out. I even tried changing shortcuts around and restoring everything to the defaults -- nothing. It's just so weird. The only program I've installed recently is Adobe Premiere, but I've checked and it doesn't even use the media keys...
    – Perry
    Aug 10, 2015 at 18:25
  • Strange... another couple of things to try then: a) do they work if you switch to a different user account? and b) do they work if you uninstall Adobe Premiere again, even though AP doesn't obviously use them?
    – calum_b
    Aug 10, 2015 at 19:06
  • @scottishwildcat I figured it out! What's causing it anyway. I switched users like you suggested and the keys were working. And then I discovered my boss gave me a script that install a bunch of programs we use at work, but also disables the keys and only uses them with Rdio. Now I need to figure out how to undo it: launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist 2> /dev/null
    – Perry
    Aug 10, 2015 at 20:00
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    @scottishwildcat Figured it out! I just ran launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist. Thanks for your help!
    – Perry
    Aug 10, 2015 at 20:05


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