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llewis's avatar

Can Ping be disabled on iTunes?

Asked by llewis (1457points) September 26th, 2010

I haven’t updated my iTunes because I do not want Ping. Does anyone know if I can either not download that part of it, or if I can disable it once it’s loaded?

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rpm_pseud0name's avatar

Ping is built into iTunes & cannot be removed by way of settings/preferences. But if you feel comfortable with using Terminal, you can remove the Ping elements from iTunes with these commands.

This will remove the drop down button/menu that appears next to each track.

defaults write hide-ping-dropdown -bool YES

This will remove Ping from the sidebar.

defaults write disablePingSidebar 1

jrpowell's avatar

Yeah.. Open up the Terminal in Applications/Utilities and type and hit Return. Restart iTunes and the buttons should be gone.

defaults write hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE

And for good measure run this too:

defaults write disablePingSidebar 1

That should pretty much hide Ping from you.

Edit :: And what rpm said.

jaytkay's avatar

Here is the Windows equivalent to the Mac OS answers above:

“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

I copied that from this discussion

They also say you can simply disable the iTunes store in Parental Controls.

llewis's avatar

Thank you, everyone!

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