How to Delete iTunes From Mac OS X
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, this tutorial will show you how to delete iTunes from the computer.
How to Delete iTunes
Deleting iTunes is not recommended unless you know what you’re doing. Nonetheless, if you want to delete iTunes from a Mac, here is how you perform that action:
- Launch Terminal from the Utilities folder within Applications
- Type the following commands:
- Enter the Administrator password to confirm
This brings you into the Applications directory, the next command deletes iTunes itself:
sudo rm -rf iTunes.app/
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.
Why delete iTunes?
Virtually nobody should delete iTunes from a computer, it is integral to the functioning of Mac OS and the media system and interacting with iOS devices.
Typically the only reason someone would delete iTunes on a Mac is to either downgrade to a prior version of iTunes software (by then installing the older version after removing the recent one), or if you are setting up a locked down workstation and want to remove iTunes for that reason.
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.