I'm on a Mac with no TouchBar (so I don't think this answer will help) running 10.13. I had YouTube open and my media buttons weren't useful for stopping iTunes so that I could start a video. Is there a setting that will stop Safari from being able to use those buttons?

I would prefer not having to install 3rd party software to do this.

This is still going on in macOS 13.13.1 (a)

  • the workaround I'm currently using is bolzoneapps.tumblr.com/silicio-widget. It doesn't make the play/pause button work correctly, but it does give me an easy way to play/pause itunes with the mouse. (and also records my tracks to last.fm, which is a bonus for me)
    – dwightk
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 14:56
  • So, 5 years later, and this is still an issue. Just wondering if a better solution was found?
    – a06e
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 15:42
  • yep, still happening for me. I don't really play music on my computer anymore so haven't noticed. Looks like reflex in the answer is still downloadable
    – dwightk
    Commented May 9, 2023 at 21:11

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This was driving me crazy, so I wrote a little menu bar app to make the media keys only affect iTunes:


  • This works right away moving to applications directory and opening the app. Thank you.
    – Surya
    Commented May 6, 2018 at 15:24
  • Does it work for Spotify too? Yes, yes it does. Be careful he is a hero.
    – atilkan
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 18:32
  • It is a little buggy though. Doesn't always work.
    – atilkan
    Commented Jul 10, 2019 at 18:39

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