For all kind of media management iTunes is the central source on iOS devices since January 2001. On Mac it plays the role of default music player along with a catalogue for all your iTunes purchases. Using this you can do anything using iTunes. On the other hand people who do not use the iTunes services but iTunes is available on their Mac machines which is sometimes a problem for them and they want to uninstall iTunes from their Mac machines so here’s the guide to uninstall or disable iTunes on Mac.
As it is not a simple task like uninstalling other apps. It is actually Apple native software and not easy to delete like other applications. There is an additional limitation with OS & Mavericks that it is difficult to delete it but you can disable this. There are actually two approaches to do this, one is indirect the albeit longer approach and another one is direct approach via terminal.
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Guide To Uninstall iTunes On Mac
You have to ensure that iTunes running or not. To check this, launch iTunes and just press ⌘ + Q , to close this. Then open the applications folder inside finder and here find the iTunes app. Simply select the iTunes app but don’t open this and then press ⌘ + i. You will get the iTunes info. Just see the lower part of the dialog box a lock icon will be showing, click on that icon and if password is required just enter system password. Now expand the “Sharing & Settings” to find that which user have the custom rights. It is required that all the users have the read & write access, it is extremely important. After doing this, just delete the iTunes app like any other application, by just dragging it to trash.
Please note that the above approach will not have any impact on your iTunes library, still you’ll have all the music, app backups, books and thing like that. And no more backup/restore option for your iOS device.
If you’re cozy using terminal, the procedure is very simple. kill the iTunes and all its helper processes and after that just delete it. Simply paste following line on your terminal and you will see that the iTunes is going into trash.
killall iTunes; killall "iTunes Helper"; sudo rm -rf /Applications/iTunes.app/
If password required then enter system password.
If nothing works then just disable the iTunes application by simply opening the permissions window as done earlier and past in following line on terminal. It will make the iTunes app disable.
sudo mv /Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/MacOS/iTunes /private/tmp
You will need to carry out this final step again when iTunes updated, as iTunes is there on your system with inactive state.