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I updated iTunes to version 8 following the “Let’s Rock” event the other day – Genius looked snazzy, and I wanted it! – and was merrily looking through my recommendations when I noticed something a little strange. The arrow links to the iTunes store were appearing again. One […]

I updated iTunes to version 8 following the “Let’s Rock” event the other day – Genius looked snazzy, and I wanted it! – and was merrily looking through my recommendations when I noticed something a little strange. The arrow links to the iTunes store were appearing again. One of the first things I do upon installing iTunes is tell it to hide those.  I went to check the preferences, and even the option to hide them was gone.

Fortunately for me, and anyone else annoyed by this, a little poking about in the plist files uncovered a way to hide them. 

  1. Quit iTunes
  2. Open Terminal.app and input this: defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-arrow-links -bool FALSE
  3. Restart iTunes

All of the arrows to the iTunes store should be gone!

To re-enable the arrows just open Terminal.app and input this: defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-arrow-links -bool TRUE

A quick tip to start your Monday off musically and arrow-free.

[Hat tip: MacOSXHints.com]

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  1. I upgraded to iTunes 8 as well, and one of my favorite features is lacking: the “Mute” option for the toolbar icon in Windows XP! Do you have any ideas as to how to get it back?

  2. Thanks for that tip! I was in the same boat as you and didnt know how to get rid of them!

  3. Oh THANK YOU… pfoei… I really was getting annoyed by this…

  4. Thank you SO much. I noticed it immediately and it was really bugging me.

  5. I actually like the arrows. You can option-click them to take you to that album or artist in your own library. :)

  6. THANK YOU. I hate those damn little arrows, they really kill the nice look of things.

  7. Any way to do this in XP? These arrows are really obnoxious.

  8. I did a bit of searching and found my own answer. Here’s the info for anyone else looking for it:

    from http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=8046620
    1) Shutdown iTunes

    2) Backup your prefs file

    VISTA:
    C:Users(youruser)AppDataRoamingApple ComputeriTunesiTunesPrefs.xml
    OR
    XP:
    C:Documents and Settings(your username)Application DataApple ComputeriTunesiTunesPrefs.xml

    3) Edit the file in a real text editor that understands UNIX linefeeds (notepad++, ultraedit, vi, etc) and paste the following lines below the line under User Preferences:

    show-store-arrow-links

    AA==

    4) Start iTunes and you should be set.

  9. Thank the Gods.

    New version, evil arrows. Baaad times.

  10. Good work. Thanks. I dislike them enough to have googled this too.

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