I recently got an older MacBook Pro that has an optical drive. Every time I insert a CD, iTunes will always respond in some way.

I have already tried changing the setting in iTunes > Preferences > General, but I don't see the option I want.

How do I get this Mac to absolutely do nothing when I insert a CD?

  • Disconnect its cable... ;) – Adam Davis Jun 28 '17 at 13:44

You can do this in your Mac's system preferences:

  1. Go to Apple > System Preferences > CDs & DVDs
  2. You'll see a menu for When you insert a music CD
  3. Change that menu from "Open iTunes" to "Ignore".


  • You may also want to check the options for Blank CD and Blank DVD as they also include built-in options to open iTunes.
  • The other menus also provide the ability to run a script, so if you got the MacBook from someone and you're using their old account, these may be worth checking as well in case they're launching iTunes or another application.

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