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I recently installed iTunes 2.0.4. As per the Read Me, I deleted the application and its Dock alias first. I also removed the iTunesHelper app from the Login Items pane of the Login System Preferences Panel, assuming that the iTunes installer would put a new one in its place.

It didn't, however. So how to get it back? I knew the iTunesHelper was hidden in the package, so I couldn't access it through Login's Add... button. I originally thought I'd just create an alias to the iTunesHelper and add that, but in the end I didn't need to. Just dragging the app onto the Login Items list is enough.

So, Show iTunes' package contents using the Finder's contextual menu. Navigate to the Resources folder, find iTunesHelper and drag it to the open Login Items pane. Done!
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Authored by: adriaant on Mar 28, '02 12:13:27AM

iTunesHelper is not added to the Login items, because that has become redundant. iTunes calls iTunesHelper internally whenever needed.

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Authored by: robg on Mar 28, '02 09:53:48AM

I don't recall reading that anywhere, and it doesn't say a word about it in the Read Me or the help. Was this new with 2.0.4?


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Authored by: adriaant on Mar 28, '02 05:58:40PM

It's undocumented, but I've had a long discussion on this in comp.sys.mac.system. The first iTunes version for mac used iTunesHelper. But that has become obsolete with next versions.

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Authored by: 128K Mac on Mar 28, '02 04:55:19AM

I vaguely recall that the iTunes login item was a problem of some kind in the bad old days. I deactivated it then.

Have gone through a couple of upgrades since and deactivate it out of habit. Seems like a good habit. I don't know a thing that I'm missing without it.

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Authored by: Mosaic on Mar 29, '02 09:28:24PM

Dos any one know what iTunesHelper is for, or what exactly it was made to do?

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Authored by: thavron on Feb 04, '03 02:49:12AM

I think the original purpose was to launch iTunes when you plugged in an iPod.

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