I'm trying to prevent the iTunes app opening every time I press the Play/Pause key on my Mac's keyboard.

If I'm using Spotify or another music app, that key should control the active audio being played.

I've installed a lot of apps but none are working.

  1. From the Apple menu, choose “Restart…” > “Restart“.
  2. Simultaneously press and hold the “Command” and “R” buttons. (This will start you in Recovery Mode)
  3. Type the following to disable the System Integrity Protection and press enter:

csrutil disable

  1. Then restart and let the login proceed as normal. Once you’re in, run the following command to disable the f#?! iTunes. This will prevent you opening iTunes

sudo chmod -x /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes

  1. Reenable the System Integrity Protection to the previous status (enabled):

csrutil enable

To disable the 3 music keys is this command:

launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist

Bye bye iTunes :)

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  • Note that the launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchAgents/com.apple.rcd.plist command must be performed without the System Integrity Protection enabled – Rodrirokr Apr 30 '19 at 20:38
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    Re last step: Doesn't this just disable those buttons? What if we still want to use them with other apps – darkace Apr 20 at 14:10
  • Yes, OP made it clear that they want to use the keys with other apps, so this is not a valid answer. – drkvogel Sep 11 at 12:36

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