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I used to be able to disable iTunes by:

$ chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes

But then apple made it harder:

$ sudo chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes
chmod: Unable to change file mode on iTunes: Operation not permitted

My objection is: Apple starts iTunes automatically, if opened and not signed in (with the sign-in dialog up) it blocks restarting (I have to force kill it) and when XCode updates, iTunes needs to be closed and it also isn't able to exit, and I have to force-quit again.

I don't know how Apple is able to deny the "sudo chmod"

I'm looking for ways that still allow me to run it when I need to.

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  • "Apple starts iTunes automatically" …under what circumstances? Mine never does, mainly because I told it not to. – Tetsujin Sep 26 '19 at 17:10
  • There is no circumstance. I don't have "Open at Login" checked. It just starts on its own. – UserOneFourTwo Sep 26 '19 at 17:23
  • At login? Please be clear. This is not 'normal' behaviour, so to get to the root of it, we need to know precise details. – Tetsujin Sep 26 '19 at 17:24
  • So I found a scenario where it happens - when I plug an iPhone in. I realize it may be an unusual request. Aside from that, there are times where it opens and I don't know why. I'll just be working and I'll be prompted to log in. – UserOneFourTwo Sep 26 '19 at 17:45
  • @Tetsujin This also happens to me whenever I plug my headphones into my iMac. – Mordred Sep 26 '19 at 17:52

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