The Music app which was introduced in Catalina continuously starts automatically on my Mac. It launches suddenly while I use the mac. The system doesn’t launch the app at the time of the startup.

I tried the followings:

  • Shutdown and restart the system.
  • SMC and PRAM reset.

The Music app cannot be deleted so it is very frustrating to see the app start automatically and play the music.

Is there any way to stop it from launching automatically? This question is not about the app being launched when you plug your iPhone to your Mac either.


I found out that Siri is also launched from time to time.


For Siri, I disabled it from System Preferences and it stopped popping up. However, the Music app keeps popping up and there is no solution yet.

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    Music starts for me when I close a zoom meeting. I suspect that Music sees my bluetooth headset as being available and thinks I must want to listen to music. – Michael Potter Jan 27 at 14:32
  • Same happens to me, whenever I connect my wireless headset, music app launches automatically, which I hate. – Zee Mar 31 at 12:38
  • This happened to me 3 times with in two minutes. I am going to start killing with with a signal 11 so that it get a fault that will need to be reported to Apple. – Michael Potter May 18 at 19:26

I have had this experience and I discovered that my finger was lightly brushing the "Play" button on the MacBook Pro's Touchbar. If the current app has no hook for that button, it seems that macOS now choses to launch the Music app.

The solution should be to run launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist. See this howtogeek for details.

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    For me this disabled the play/pause button for other apps as well, rendering the key useless. Does anyone know of a way to prevent Apple Music from being the fallback choice for the play/pause key? – Michael Johansen Apr 16 at 15:09

There are three ways (that I know of).

The first method is going to System Preferences -> Users and Groups -> Login Items and clicking the - button when selecting an application to remove it from startup.

The second method is to right-click the application in your Dock, then uncheck Options -> Open At Login.

The final method is going to Finder, LaunchDaemons in:


and deleting the .plist file for the music app.

You may also need to remove it from:


EDIT: OP edited his question, so this answer will not solve the problem, but it does stop apps opening on startup.

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    Sorry if my question was not obvious, but what I meant is that the app keeps launching even if I have never opened it and also even though I closed it manually. – Blaszard Oct 18 '19 at 23:09
  • This seems to answer Music app starts at login. But you didnt make it clear in the question, when does it launch? @Blaszard – ankii Oct 18 '19 at 23:16
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    @ankii It launches suddenly while I use the mac. The system doesn’t launch the app at the time of the startup. – Blaszard Oct 18 '19 at 23:34
  • @blaszard oh, I didn't see that you edited your question. I thought you meant launching on startup. I'll edit my answer then. – existing person Apr 1 at 1:49

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