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iTunes 11 and library sharing with Apple

02/07/2013 6032 views

I'm deploying iTunes 11 on many computers.

Everything is fine exept, on the first run, itunes ask to share the library with Apple ...

If it's accepted, it can be disabled it in pref menu- store :

"share details about your library with Apple to see artist images, album covers, and other related information in your library"

Is there a way to disable it when i deploy iTunes ? i look at the adminflags but nothing ...

Thanks in advance






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Use your favourite lightweight snapshot tool (InstallRite, Picture Taker, et al) and capture what changes when you manual disable the setting.

Incorporate the setting into your package for depoyment.


Hope that helps,


Answered 02/07/2013 by: dunnpy
Red Belt


I *still* can't believe that companies allow iTunes to be deployed to business workstations!! Ha, ha, ha!

Answered 02/07/2013 by: anonymous_9363
Red Belt

  • Perhaps it is for education? I used to utilize iTunes for the wealth of free educational videos that were in iTunesU.
    • We have itunes on everyone of our machines at TMCC because of ITunes U

Those type settings are normally stored in the iTunesPrefs.xml files.  If you run iTunes with a clean usercode,  decline the offer to share the library then quit iTunes. Backup the two iTunesPrefs.xml files located in  appdata\roaming and appdata\local. Annoyingly they both have the same name. To get around this I renamed them iTunesPrefs.local and iTunesPrefs.roaming, they get renamed back to the original name when they are copied back into the users profile via Active Setup calling userconfig.cmd.

see sample userconfig.cmd:

:: copy in preconfigered prefs files

md "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes"
copy "c:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\custom\iTunesPrefs.roam" "%APPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunesPrefs.xml"
md "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes"
copy "c:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\custom\iTunesPrefs.local" "%LOCALAPPDATA%\Apple Computer\iTunes\iTunesPrefs.xml"

Answered 02/17/2013 by: Utterly
Yellow Belt

  • Thx :)

    This parameter is in the local "iTunesPrefs.xml"
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