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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch Apps
If you were one of those (as I was) who followed the hint regarding session-only cookies in Safari, then you are possibly still being prompted for your password in iTunes, at least in Lion.

I discovered, after trying every hint I could find without success, that if the user permissions for ~/Library/Cookies/ is still set to read only for the user, then you will still be prompted for your password the first time you activate iTunes after a login.

The file, ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies is not being created/updated.

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. It seems clear if a user doesn't have write access to a directory in their own Library it could cause problems like this. If somebody who has used the previous hint mentioned and is still on 10.5 or 10.6 can comment on whether they are affected by this, it would be appreciated.]
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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch
Authored by: excarnate on Dec 22, '11 08:26:03AM

Now that I've updated iTunes (to avoid errors in ripping) I get 'iTunes could not connect to the iTunes Store. The host is down.' Probably because I block the iTunes store with Little Snitch. Since the store is off entirely in my preferences, it shouldn't be trying to make a connection. It is pretty annoying.

~/Library/Cookies/ is drwxr-xr-x and ~/Library/Cookies/Cookies.binarycookies doesn't exist.

10.6.8, iTunes 10.5.2 (11)



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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch
Authored by: stevebr on Dec 22, '11 08:48:26AM

It can happen if the appropriate cookies aren't present due to other reasons, i.e: running a "Reset Safari" command.

The Safari Cookies SIMBL plugin can help here. Mark apple.com as a favourite and set it to delete non-favorites on exit. For it to work properly though, you shouldn't remove cookies other ways (from preferences or the Reset Safari menu item).

You'll want to also mark favourites on the other tabs: databases and local storage (many Safari extensions and some web apps use these) and Flash cookies settings (precious game saves!).

This came up on the forums a little while ago: http://hintsforums.macworld.com/showthread.php?t=138973

Edited on Dec 22, '11 08:51:23AM by stevebr



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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch
Authored by: tempel on Dec 22, '11 09:01:53AM

I just checked that Cookies folder on my Lion system (upgraded from SL and further back).

I found 4 files in there, two of which are called:

com.apple.appstore.plist
com.apple.appstore.plist - corrupt

When I tried to look into them I found something odd:
The one called "corrupt" appeared to contain valid entries. At least they all looked similar and indicated no irragularity.
But when I opened the other - supposedly good - one, I got an error. Neither Xcode nor Property List Editor (from SL) nor BBEdit could open this as a plist file. Turns out that this file has a "cook" header which is not a plist format at all but rather resembles the "Cookies.binarycookies" file's contents.

This is all rather mysterious, especially since the "com.apple.appstore.plist" file's modification date is Dec 20, just 2 days back. So it gets apparently still used, but is denoting a wrong file format.

Anyone having more insight on this irregularity?



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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch
Authored by: Ronald Lanham on Dec 22, '11 12:55:57PM

In 10.6.7 using CocoaCookies I simply deleted the Apple cookies > launched iTunes > entered the login info > then closed/deactivated iTunes > and checked the newly created list of Apple cookies in CocoaCookies so as not to be deleted (unless I manually deleted it in the future).

Now whenever I open iTunes I never get the login message.

HTH



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A reason that iTunes polls for a password each launch
Authored by: poenn on Dec 23, '11 05:03:50AM

A customer had this problem. I solved it by simply logging out and back in to the iTunes Store.



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