Two Simple Ways To Disable Ping In iTunes [Mac & Windows]

Angela Randall 03-05-2011

<firstimage=”//”>itunes pingAs we’ve noted on many occasions, iTunes is a program many of us use out of necessity rather than desire. Despite its many uses, iTunes has a plethora of niggling annoyances which most users would be happy to remove. Here at MakeUseOf, we’re happy to share what we know in order to make that possible for you.


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.

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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 The Easiest Way To Move Your iTunes Library To An External Drive Read More , shown how to use Applescript to instantly play your favourite playlist from a keyboard shortcut How To Launch Your Favorite iTunes Playlist With A Keyboard Shortcut Read More , featured how to automatically add downloaded music to iTunes How to Automatically Import Downloaded Music to iTunes [Mac] Read More , explained how to use Genius playlists Use iTunes Genius Mixes As Your Personal Music DJ Read More , found great ways to remove duplicates from iTunes How to Easily Remove Duplicate Tracks on iTunes [Windows] Read More , documented the best ways to troubleshoot iTunes issues 10 Top iTunes Troubleshooting Tips & Tricks Read More , 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.

how to opt out of ping on itunes

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.

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As you can see, Ping is no longer available in the left hand sidebar.

how to opt out of ping on itunes

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“.


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You’ll then need to verify your account details and click on “Account Info“.

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There’s a section dedicated to Ping, where you can edit your Ping profile and turn Ping off – click “Turn Off“.


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You’ll also need to verify that request.

Two Simple Ways To Disable Ping In iTunes [Mac & Windows] Are You Sure

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.


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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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  1. Mariela Dyrberg
    July 23, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Thank you. I used option two 

  2. guest
    July 10, 2011 at 1:26 am

    Thank you! I do not like the Ping.

  3. Guest
    July 1, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    turned off via parental controls.  what a relief.  thanks for the info.

    • Angela Alcorn
      July 2, 2011 at 6:36 am

      Glad it helped!

  4. Trip
    June 23, 2011 at 3:22 am

     Mine was already turned off.  Every time I buy a song, however, an annoying Ping dialog pops up telling me what else I might like.  How do I turn that off?

    • Trip
      June 23, 2011 at 3:26 am

      Never mind, answered my own question.  Right below the Ping on/off box is a box where you can turn Recommendations and Ping Posting on or off.  Hallelujah!

      • Tina
        June 23, 2011 at 1:52 pm

        Thanks for the update. :)

  5. Nhow2
    June 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thanks.  Used option 2.  So sick and tired of invasions of my privacy.

  6. Mangusr
    June 4, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you for your help in disabling all of pings threads!
    Rodney Mangus

  7. Angela Alcorn
    May 4, 2011 at 9:19 am

    It's a personal choice, really. Some people don't like Ping because it shares details of music purchases with their friends. Others just want to keep their kids from being exposed that way. And some people who may have joined in the past are just looking to generally cut down on how much they share online.

    You'll obviously have your own reasons to turn it off or keep it on. We're just letting you know how it can be done. :)

  8. Andrew Gould
    May 4, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I turned on Ping to see what it was all about, then never bothered with it. I should really get around to turning it off one of these days...

  9. Anonymous
    May 4, 2011 at 12:52 am

    FYI, Ping was not automatically "on" on my itunes account. When I navigated there, an option to Turn on Ping was available, which i ignored. I then disabled the recommendation/ping posting option. Done!