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How to quit iTunes if it restarts when quit Apps
Here's a quick nifty little tip for a problem I encountered. I am the sort of person who has iTunes running 24/7, whether or not I'm listening to music. So, I very rarely ever quit iTunes, except when there is a software update for it. However, there is always this problem that when I quit iTunes, it automatically starts back up. This is extremely annoying.

A solution to this problem is that any time you want to quit iTunes and not have it start back up, open up Activity Monitor and search for the process genredetection. Quit this, and iTunes should then behave properly and quietly quit when you want it to.

[robg adds: This tip appears (with more detail and screenshots) in this post in the author's blog. As I wasn't experiencing this problem, and didn't have a process named genredetection, I went digging for the cause, and found this thread on the Apple Discussions (which referenced a post from MacUpdate). It turns out that the genredetection process comes from the SRS iWOW plug-in, and it's supposed to quit if iTunes quits normally. It seems, at least in some cases, that's not the case. An alternative solution then is to disable the plug-in when you need to quit iTunes.]
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How to quit iTunes if it restarts when quit
Authored by: network23 on Apr 15, '09 10:09:45AM

The iWOW plugin can't be the only cause. I've had that problem for a while now on my older "Windtunnel" G4, and I've never even heard of that plugin. Most times when I quit iTunes, it does start right back up again.

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not iTunes's fault
Authored by: lowbatteries on Apr 15, '09 11:38:36AM

You most likely have some plugin or other software that is relaunching iTunes, as the only reason iTunes automatically launches is if you have automatic sync enabled.

Suspects: applescripts, dashboard widgets, adium/ichat plugins that update your current playing song, etc.

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How to quit iTunes if it restarts when quit
Authored by: inreverie on Apr 15, '09 01:30:57PM

I had this same problem. It turned out to be iMote, which is incompatible with Leopard. I switched to SizzlingKeys and all is well.

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How to quit iTunes if it restarts when quit
Authored by: rufous on Sep 01, '09 02:02:48AM

Yes, looks like many applications that tie into iTunes can cause this problem. For me, it was the "I Love Stars" app, which has been updated for Snow Leopard now.

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