We’re always looking for hacks and fixes to everyday iTunes problems and listening to iTunes users to see what they’re still troubled with. Since Ping is one of the newer features in iTunes, Apple is only just realising that many people have legitimate reasons to want to turn it off. So it’s understandable that few people have worked out the best ways to disable the feature yet. Thankfully, it’s quite easy to disable Ping in two very effective ways.
Ping is essentially a social network within iTunes. It allows you to share details of your iTunes purchases, favourite music and any reviews of albums that you care to make. Itunes Ping also allows you to receive social recommendations for music based on what your friends like and what you’ve purchased. For many people, this is just a bit of fun. But, for others this is something they don’t want available for themselves or their children. Not everyone wants to automatically share their purchases with the world, which is what occurs in Ping when you buy through the iTunes store.
Recently we have discussed how to make the iTunes window size control buttons horizontal rather than vertical, talked through the process of moving an iTunes library to an external drive, shown how to use Applescript to instantly play your favourite playlist from a keyboard shortcut, featured how to automatically add downloaded music to iTunes, explained how to use Genius playlists, found great ways to remove duplicates from iTunes, documented the best ways to troubleshoot iTunes issues, written a PDF manual on iTunes and we’ve answered many more questions about iTunes from readers. Today it’s Ping’s turn to be fixed.
Please note that we’re showing screenshots from a Mac iTunes install, but these tricks will work equally well for Windows users.
1. Disable Ping Via Parental Controls
Disabling Ping via parental controls is something that will only be in effect on this specific installation and user account, therefore it is only a temporary fix. This can also only be done using the newer releases of iTunes – even version 10.0.1 was unable to disable Ping this way. Upgrade if you like, or simply use option two instead.
Go to iTunes > Preferences and click on Parental Controls. In the list of options for services to disable, check the Ping checkbox and save. If you’re disabling Ping in order to protect your children from using it, obviously you should ensure the Parental settings are locked also.
As you can see, Ping is no longer available in the left hand sidebar.
2. Disable Ping Via iTunes Account
This is a more permanent solution to disabling Ping. By choosing to disable this way, you effectively remove yourself from the Ping network and delete all user activity you may have previously made. The permanent deletion of activity occurs after you have disabled Ping for seven days, so you have a little leeway to change your mind if you like. Reviews will remain associated with your name unless you deliberately delete them in the Manage Reviews section of your account. Don’t worry about it too much, though. If you decide later to enable Ping, iTunes will immediately populate your account with details of your purchase history if you want it to.
Use the left-hand sidebar to navigate to the iTunes store. On the far right of the store, you’ll see access to your account controls in both the quick links and a drop-down menu below your name. Click on “Account“.
You’ll then need to verify your account details and click on “Account Info“.
There’s a section dedicated to Ping, where you can edit your Ping profile and turn Ping off – click “Turn Off“.
You’ll also need to verify that request.
Further down the page, there’s an option to manage “Recommendations and Ping Posting“. You’ll also want to turn this off to avoid future annoyances from Ping when making purchases from iTunes.
You’re done! No more Ping!
Will you be disabling iTunes Ping? Which method will you use and why? Let us know in the comments!
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