How to Remove Ping Drop-Down on iTunes 10 (Mac Only)

As you may already know, when  iTunes 10.0.1 update came out, it brought along the Ping drop-down on each individual song. If you’re not a fan of Ping like myself, here is an easy way to remove it on a Mac.

Remove iTunes 10 Ping Drop-Down Menu

There are two parts of Ping: the Ping sidebar can be removed with a click, but the drop-down menu needs a quick trip to the Mac OS terminal:

  1. Quit iTunes. Open Terminal (Mac only).
  2. Copy this line (in one line), and hit enter: defaults write hide-ping-dropdown -bool TRUE
  3. You might need to authenticate. When you open iTunes 10.0.1, the Ping drop-down menu will be gone.

Repeat the command with FALSE instead of TRUE at the end, if you want to bring it back.

Also check out the following tweaks for iTunes 10:

[Via Obama Pacman]


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  • awarre

    ran it now iTunes crashes on open
    Ran with FALSE but still crashes
    Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000001, 0x0000000000000000
    Crashed Thread: 0 Dispatch queue:

  • Corwin75

    Work like a charm!!

  • wowoeowoe

    worked first time! cheers!

  • Sam

    Excellent :) Merci !

  • Ari

    I’ve complained about this feature to Apple now 4 times. Still haven’t received a reply to my last complaint, but I’m glad to finally find this (and also read that the newest update adds a check box to preferences so I can finally disable that abomination for good). I already informed Apple I wouldn’t even touch iTunes as long as Ping was there. I don’t have a big screen, and that f’ng ping button hid half the song name. Even had I wanted to use Ping that would’ve been very annoying, but I didn’t want anything to do with it. Not now, not ever. At least I can now re-enable the store, it was the only way to get rid of that, and that screwed up my iPad/iPhone updating a lot.

    • Ollie

      Well I’m glad we could help.Keep checking the website for more iTunes and other tech news!

  • jo