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Remove Store Arrows in iTunes 8

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]

14 Responses to “Remove Store Arrows in iTunes 8”

  1. 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.

  2. 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?