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Recently, I made the switch to Songbird, and it's all gone well except for one thing: global music hotkeys. I installed an addon (Apple Keyboard Media Key Support) that enabled me to use the iTunes hotkeys for Songbird, but they also open iTunes. How can I prevent iTunes from opening when I press the media keys?

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This is a duplicate of another question, which provides a detailed answer using Karabiner (formerly KeyRemap4MacBook). – Raim Mar 30 at 22:58
@Raim I asked first... – tekknolagi Mar 31 at 5:20
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try MMFix (english translation here). This tiny little utility patches the remote control daemon, which controls the media keys (and thus freeing it from the grasp of iTunes).

Download link here

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wow thank you! i'll take a look! – tekknolagi Jun 26 '11 at 5:07
thank you so much!! – tekknolagi Jun 26 '11 at 5:50
is there a utility that reverses it? – tekknolagi Jun 26 '11 at 5:50
@tekknolagi running the application again will let you reverse it. – user78429 Jun 26 '11 at 5:54
thank you! i appreciate it :) – tekknolagi Jun 27 '11 at 18:51

Another option is to use KeyRemap4MacBook. It has an option to default the media keys back to F7, F8, and F9, which can then be mapped to your media player of choice.

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Awesome, dude! Good find – tekknolagi Oct 4 '12 at 3:26

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