I am using the Deezer app music. It worked well, I could use the media buttons to control play/pause/next track/previous track. But a few days ago, (after an macOS update?) now when I hit play/pause it launches iTunes instead of controlling the Deezer app that is already running and playing music. It was correctly functioning before, so I don't know where this change of behaviour is coming from. This is very annoying as it makes the Deezer almost unusable as I have to bring it to front to control it.

  • Question re-opened, please post the solution you've found as an answer below.
    – nohillside
    Sep 23, 2019 at 11:06

1 Answer 1


Found the answer on the Deezer community forum:

You have to allow Deezer the accessibility rights, go to:

  • System Preferences
  • Security and Privacy
  • Privacy tab
  • Choose "Accessibility"
  • Add "Deezer" to the allowed software

You'll have to unlock the configuration by clicking on the lock and enter your system password.

The original answer can be found here.

  • Did it on Catalina, still launches iTunes :(
    – artem
    Jun 7, 2020 at 19:54
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    @artem I may be a little bit late to the party but just tried this on Catalina and worked like a charm.
    – mrbolichi
    Jul 27, 2020 at 14:22
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    @artem Even after rebooting? Aug 4, 2020 at 12:37
  • it launches Apple Music for me too, but if Deezer is running, it will take the media key presses
    – mut1na
    Jan 9, 2021 at 13:31

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