How to Delete iTunes From Mac OS X

Feb 6, 2012 - 15 Comments

Delete iTunes

We recently showed you how to delete Safari, Mail, and other default apps installed with Mac OS X, and procedurally iTunes is not much different. Unlike uninstalling applications from third parties, if you attempt to drag the iTunes app into the Trash can, you’ll see a dialog box warning that ‘“iTunes.app” can’t be modified or deleted because it’s required by Mac OS X.’

Nonetheless iTunes can be deleted from the Mac, but without a very good reason it should not be done. iTunes is integral to supporting other Apple features and hardware, ranging from the App Store to the iTunes Store, and without iTunes installed you won’t be able to sync apps, music, books, movies, and anything else with an iPad, iPod, iPhone, or Apple TV. Assuming you understand that and you still want to remove iTunes from your Mac, we will show you how to do it.

Delete iTunes

Deleting iTunes is not recommended unless you know what you’re doing.

  • Launch Terminal from the Utilities folder within Applications
  • Type the following commands:
  • cd /Applications/
    This brings you into the Applications directory, the next command deletes iTunes itself:
    sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/

  • Enter the Administrator password to confirm

There is no warning or confirmation other than entering the admin password, iTunes will immediately be deleted, effectively uninstalling it from the Mac.

Deleting the iTunes application will not delete the iTunes library or music, and any purchases bought through iTunes will still remain tied to the Apple ID used to originally buy them.

I Accidentally Deleted iTunes, Help!
If you find yourself somehow accidentally deleting iTunes, don’t fret too much because it’s always easy to reinstall. You can download the newest version directly from Apple, and running their installer will bring iTunes back to life on your computer.

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Posted by: William Pearson in iTunes, Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting

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  1. Spokanite says:

    I can see this needed for public computers and schools, but considering there is no real iTunes alternative out there, uninstalling the application is a bad idea.

  2. shigzeo says:

    There are loads of options for music playback: VOX, COG, VLC (does a lot more than just music), and some UNIX ports, but iTunes, thanks to Apple’s obsession with putting everything into one app, is the only way to make your iDevice sing with your computers.

    Bugger.

  3. James says:

    thats why i have window its sad you have to type commands in i hate macbooks there is variation between any of the models well with an extra usb port

  4. Marc says:

    The iTunes Terms & Conditions have changed.

    i deleted itunes but it keeps coming up with the above on update is there a way to stop it.

  5. Albe Sure says:

    If you’re STILL having difficulties completely removing iTunes 11 and reverting back to iTunes 10.7, then check this out…
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/20625974#20625974

    Kind regards,

    -A.S.

  6. Tyty says:

    Worked !!! thx!

  7. evi says:

    I’ve tried. but I can’t enter the password. could u help me out?

    I need to delete my itunes, after update the software then I can’t open Itunes now it says error -45054

    anyone know why? I need help please….

    THanks

    • Silkajsf says:

      The password doesn’t show as you type. Just type even though it seems like it’s not working. Then press enter. It will work.

  8. cook says:

    Thank you.
    Had to resort to unistalling because iTunes kept randomly opening by itself and I couldn’t find the reason for it.

  9. Fer says:

    Tks a lot, veryyyyyyy good, i had to delete because i can’t take my voice notes on new version 11.5 i don’t know way, maybe something wrong happened when i did update, so i need one old version t think, at least after you i can try wherever i want :))))) very good
    hugs

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