Disable the Ping Sidebar in iTunes 10.0.1

iTunes 10.0.1 replaced the Genius sidebar with a Ping sidebar, and while you can’t currently restore the Genius sidebar you can disable the Ping sidebar.

Simply fire up Terminal.app and enter the following:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 1

Want to take it a step further? Enter this two commands in Terminal to disable even more of Ping…

This disables the Ping buttons:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown 1

This restores the previous old-style arrow buttons:

defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-link-arrows 1

If you change your mind, just change the 1 to a 0 (again, all entered in Terminal).

defaults write com.apple.iTunes disablePingSidebar 0
defaults write com.apple.iTunes hide-ping-dropdown 0
defaults write com.apple.iTunes show-store-link-arrows 0

If the thought of using Terminal scares you, just download this AppleScript from Doug Adams.

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Aaron Nelsen

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