I don't use iTunes, but I can't prevent it from automatically opening every time a CD is inserted.

I have already changed the system preferences for when a CD/DVD is inserted to "ignore" or to "open other program"-- but it seems that iTunes 12 overrides these system preferences.

I've also looked at the preferences within iTunes, but there is no option to "ignore" when CD is inserted (though I am almost certain there used to be!)

My system preferences:

The iTunes preferences options:

  • Anyone found an answer to this in the meantime? I experience the same exact problem
    – Wirsing
    Mar 10, 2017 at 20:50
  • This is especially a problem when ripping content protected CDs since iTunes will always access the CD first and then proceed to freeze up while hogging drive, making it impossible for other software to handle it. Feb 11, 2019 at 11:28
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    Not a real solution, but I have been "solving" this problem for the past decade by deleting iTunes from my machine. Makes life better. Sep 2, 2019 at 1:08

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Try changing the system preference (as per your screenshot) for "when you insert a music CD" (or whichever one is causing you an issue) to "Open in iTunes" and then immediately back to "Ignore". For me that seemed to reset the preference to ignore.


Look at ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.digihub.plist.

You might also try backing up the file, deleting it, and letting it get re-created.

See also: https://www.jamf.com/jamf-nation/third-party-products/files/408/apple-digihub-settings


It's a setting that you need to change in iTunes: Open iTunes Go to the Settings and look for the option ... when cd is inserted... You need to deactivate that, and your problem will be solved. Well I hope this will.

Edit: sorry, i went to fast and I posted info you allready have!

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