Although I do like and enjoy using iTunes, I'm not a fan of the new Ping service that Apple has embedded into it.
Is it possible to disable the Ping link under "Store", the Ping sidebar, and the Ping buttons next to each song? If so, how?
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You can also restore the old arrow functionality
defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-link-arrows 1
I also suggest the following:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes invertStoreLinks 1
This setting switches the default behaviour of the arrow links. By default (well, by default in iTunes 10.0.0 and before) the arrows would send the user to the corresponding page in the iTunes Store, but you could also hold down Opt and click to be redirected to the corresponding list in your own library.
Now, to reset it all to Apple's defaults... you can either do the same lines as above but replacing '1' with '0', or you can delete the settings by changing "write" to "delete" and removing the 1 from the end:
defaults delete com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar defaults delete com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown defaults delete com.apple.iTunes show-store-link-arrows defaults delete com.apple.iTunes invertStoreLinks
restart when done.
If you dont like playing with the command line, I advise you to install Secret.
With this Preferences pane, you'll have access to hidden settings for a lot of applications (from Apple and third parties).
Then, all you have to do is go to the iTunes section and search for "Ping", like so:
If you know your way around Terminal.app, here are the commands:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE
defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 1
-bool FALSE and
disablePingSidebar 0 to if you want the default value again.