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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1 Apps
iTunes 10.0.1 introduces a new feature: most items now have a 'Ping' dropdown button where the Music Store arrow links used to be. These appear even if you've disabled Ping.

The buttons cannot be disabled in the UI, but there's a Terminal fix to do it.

First, quit iTunes just in case. Then, start Terminal.app and enter:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown 1

When iTunes is restarted, the Ping buttons should have disappeared. To reverse, just repeat, using '0' rather than '1', or alternatively delete the setting altogether to ensure default behavior:

defaults delete com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown

Unfortunately, the old 'show-store-arrow-links' hack no longer works. However, it turns out the setting has just changed to 'show-store-link-arrows' and now defaults to off to allow for the default Ping buttons. To restore the arrows:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-link-arrows 1

Combine this with the invaluable 'invertStoreLinks' setting:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes invertStoreLinks 1

Now the arrows will cross-reference within your own iTunes Library. Far more useful than either Ping or the iTunes Store!

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. Four people submitted versions of this hint with 24 hours of the release of iTunes 10.0.1. This one was first. Note that you can freely substitute TRUE for '1' and FALSE for '0' in any of these commands, and changing the values back to 0 will restore the original setting given by Apple.]
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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: DougAdams on Sep 27, '10 07:42:20AM
For the Terminal-phobic, there is the AppleScript Toggle Ping Buttons and the application Change Hidden iTunes Preferences.
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Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes
dougscripts.com


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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: ElmerCat on Sep 30, '10 01:28:01PM

One need not be terminal-phobic to appreciate the way you packaged the hidden iTunes settings so conveniently, Doug. It's not the hesitancy to use Terminal, but simply finding out what all the settings are. Thanks very much! I particularly love having the red, yellow, and green window frame buttons back where they belong again!

Elmer



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: soundsgoodtome on Sep 27, '10 09:01:30AM
while i'm not questioning the validity of this hint, i do wonder why someone would want to both (a) remove the ping dropdowns and (b) add back the arrow links, because, if you take a deep breath and look closely, the ping links are actually more useful. that is, they provide more functionality.

i'll admit i wish the ping buttons didn't actually say "ping." but other than that, it's a pretty useful feature.

(maybe someone can locate the button graphics in the package file, so it can be replaced with a wordless version of the button. :-)

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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: gid on Sep 27, '10 09:25:56AM

For me, it was partly the extra click (and holding down of Opt) necessary to get to the "Show in iTunes Library" options. Other than that, it's just pathological hatred of Ping :-)

Incidentally, a bug: If you have the Ping buttons enabled, but you have "invertStoreLinks" set, then the option will say "Show in iTunes Store" but mean "Show in iTunes Library", and if Opt is held then will say "Show in iTunes Library" but mean "Show in iTunes Store". Interesting, but not entirely unexpected.

Note, "disablePingSidebar" is another option available in this new version.



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Really?
Authored by: hamarkus on Sep 27, '10 11:12:04AM

"The ping links are actually more useful."
Really? Apart from the link to artist's profile in Ping it does not add anything to non-Ping users. You could already directly go to the song, the album, the artist, or the genre by simply clicking on the respective link. And finding one target to click on might be considered easier than using a dropdown menu. And getting to the Ping profile also was just another click away from the artist's page.

To me any additional text inside a list crosses the line between useful and seriously annoying. The arrows were by their nature content-neutral, even a simple Ping icon would not be neutral. You could re-purpose the arrows to point into your own library, that just does not work as well with an icon that already has a different meaning.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: Unsoluble on Sep 27, '10 09:13:27AM

I probably wouldn't have noticed those new dropdowns if not for this hint, so thanks! Finally Ping might actually be useful, now that we can post about things right from our libraries, instead of having to manually trawl the store.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: stokessd on Sep 27, '10 09:14:43AM

As much as I like 99% of what Apple does, I'm hoping that ping fails badly. I need iTunes to be small and light, and it just keeps growing and growing. Plus it's not about "tunes" it's about movies, music, and syncing etc. IT's very un-apple-like, even the UI is un-apple-like.


Sheldon



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: Pyrrhus on Oct 04, '10 04:00:42PM

I so much agree with you.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: toc-rox on Sep 27, '10 09:30:31AM

This disables the Ping button (and the iTunes store) too:

Preferences... -> Parental -> Disable: iTunes Store



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: chrischram on Sep 27, '10 10:34:28AM

iTunes 10.0.1 seems to have added an "iMix" arrow next to the active playlist. Any hints on how I can kill that one off?

Edited on Sep 27, '10 10:35:06AM by chrischram



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iTunes 10.0.0 already did this
Authored by: hamarkus on Sep 27, '10 11:49:09AM

But it's a neutral arrow to which you don't have to attach any meaning.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: fritztoch on Sep 27, '10 11:50:50AM

I do use Ping, but I was concerned about the missing iTunes link arrows, which I rely on to find the selected artist or album in my Library. This wasn't obvious in the hint or the comments so far, so I fiddled a bit with the Ping button and learned some things.

-If you click on the Ping button, there is an option to go to the Song, Artist, Album, or Genre in the iTunes Store
-If you Option-click on the Ping button, you can choose to go to the Song, Artist, Album, or Genre in your Library.
So, the old functionality is there, and the Ping button hasn't taken anything away.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: bill822 on Sep 28, '10 04:59:11AM

Wow! This works great. Thank you very much. The dropdown was very annoying.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: richwiss on Sep 29, '10 07:18:50PM

Thanks!



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.1.1
Authored by: xgretsch on Dec 30, '10 06:45:50AM

The relevant parameters seem to have changed in iTunes 10.1.1. This article didn't work, so I had a poke around the defaults: the following seems to work:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePing 1

Not sure about the store link arrows, which I've never seen.



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Disable Ping Dropdowns in iTunes 10.0.1
Authored by: zampino on Dec 29, '11 06:04:34AM

Thanks for the preference changes, the drop down was very annoying. For years I've been trying to comprehend Apple's inclusion of this link - for instance, if you own an album and click to gather all the tracks in the album why would you want to go to the iTunes store? You already have all the tracks. I can see why clicking an artist name might bring you to the store in Apple's hope to sell you other albums or tracks for the artists, and I do understand that a listener might only have one track on an album, &c... but it seems like that would be the minority of users, most would just want the convenience of seeing the entire album. And what about a user who's offline? *sigh* I remember when my computer wasn't constantly trying to sell things to me...



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