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Whenever I get an iTunes link, like:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=333256858

it never opens up in iTunes. I get the "One Moment Please, connecting to the iTunes store" message, but iTunes never gets focus or goes to the link location.

This has been happening for at least a year for me. It used to work (albeit slowly).

I wonder if it has to do with another iTunes problem I'm seeing: Cmd-Tab app switching does not give focus to iTunes. I have to click on the window to switch to it. And if it's hidden, I have to use Expose to find it. Even clicking on the iTunes icon in the dock doesn't do it.

I'm running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, iTunes 9.0(70)

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Well, there's a new iTunes version out - 9.0.2. Maybe try uninstalling the version you have and installing 9.0.2? –  Jared Harley Nov 2 '09 at 1:05
    
I'm now running Snow Leopard (10.6.2) and iTunes 9.0.2. Still happening. What I haven't tried yet is a wipe of my HD and fresh install of the OS. Other data point: This only happens for my user account. Other user accounts on my machine do not do this. I tried trashing my iTunes preference files, but that didn't solve either problem. –  David Smith Dec 17 '09 at 4:53
    
I notice that iTunes links work fine in Google Chrome, so it must be something with my Firefox settings. Which means the app-switching problem is unrelated. I'm going to open a new question for that. –  David Smith Jan 12 '10 at 6:19
    
Trying that link in Google Chrome on Windows 7, I noticed something that might be relevant to the issue. Does the focus-changing issue occur with any other applications? I noticed that when the link is clicked in chrome, focus shifts to a dialog asking whether or not to launch iTunes. Perhaps this is failing to take focus in the same way that iTunes is? –  Emory Bell Jan 31 '10 at 16:04
    
1. The focus-changing issue only happens with iTunes. 2. I have it set up such that Chrome/Firefox do not show a dialog asking whether to launch iTunes or not - they just launch iTunes. Or, rather, Chrome does but Firefox does not. –  David Smith Feb 25 '10 at 18:24
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The link is forcing the browser to ask that the local machine start iTunes to handle the request. Depending on your browser/OS settings, this may not be allowed, and the request will fail.

What web browser are you using?

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I'm using Firefox 3.5.3. And it seems to work for my friends who use Firefox on the Mac. Also, iTunes is already running, so it doesn't have to start it up. –  David Smith Oct 1 '09 at 11:42
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