Stop iTunes web links from opening iTunes

May 28, 2010 - 4 Comments

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I’m kind of annoyed when I click a web link and it happens to be an iTunes Store link… iTunes then opens and it takes me out of my browser. I searched around for an easy solution and came across TheAppleBlog, they published a nice how-to guide on preventing iTunes from launching every time you click on an iTunes web link. Here’s their method for stopping this in Safari:

Prevent web links from launching iTunes with Safari

If you are using Safari 5, check out the NoMoreiTunes extension here to block iTunes store links directly within Safari 5.

For other versions of Safari, or if you don’t want to use extensions, carry on:

Changing Safari’s behavior with iTunes links is really easy within Snow Leopard, here’s how to do it:
* Create any text file on your desktop, name the file change.itms
* Confirm the file extension change (from text to itms)
* Get Info about the change.itms file by selecting it and hitting Command+i (or Right-click and select ‘Get Info’)
* Hit the arrow next to ‘Open with:’ and you’ll see iTunes.app is selected as the default, this is what you want to change
* Click the pull down menu and select ‘Other’ and then navigate to Safari, enable ‘All Applications’, then click ‘Add’ and “Change All”
* “Change All” is important because it will change the behavior of all clicked itms (iTunes Music Store) links to launch within Safari rather than iTunes

That’s it! You may need to relaunch Safari to experience the changed behavior, but it worked fine for me when I opened a new Safari window.

What about stopping iTunes links in Chrome and Firefox?
In Chrome you simply add a domain block to itunes.apple.com within Javascript Exceptions and they stop. In FireFox you make a few changes in the about:config advanced preference area, you can see how to do both of these in detail at TheAppleBlog: How to stop iTunes web links.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in iTunes, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Fabio says:

    Hello! Well, this is not working with me … when I select “All aplications” the add button continues not clickable. I am using 10.6.3. Does somebody have another solution ?

  2. Bakari says:

    Didn’t work for me either. Followed the instructions to the t.

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