Banishing Ping in iTunes for Windows

I like iTunes, but I see no use for Apple’s new music-based social network, Ping. In iTunes 10.1, little buttons with drop-down menus for Ping appear alongside any song you click. on There are currently no options for turning this off even if you don’t have a Ping account, but here’s a workaround. To get rid of the annoying Ping buttons enter the following commands in a Command Prompt window or the ‘Run’ dialog box.

For 32-bit version of Windows,
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

For 64-bit version of Windows:
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 1
“C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

Ping will still appear in the Library on the left-hand side of the UI but this will get rid of the buttons and dedicated Ping sidebar.


14 thoughts to “Banishing Ping in iTunes for Windows”

  1. Cheers, works like a charm. Although, I’m using 64 bit Win 7 and there is no longer an iTunes folder in Program Files (x86). I used the first set of commands. Also, for those that do not want the annoying iTunes store arrows, set that value to zero, like this:

    “C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 0

  2. @John: Not if you use the 64-bit version of iTunes 10.

    Anyway, thanks for the tip.

    Now if only someone could help me remove the rest of the bloated stuff put into iTunes and leave me with only the music player I’ll be really happy.

  3. This is not working for me at all. I’m using Windows 7. When I type in C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 0
    It says:

    ‘C:\Program’ is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

    This is the only place I have even found any information on removing these types of things that didn’t involve an iTunespref.xml file which I cannot find anywhere on my computer.

    I just want to remove the store arrows. I miss XP. It was less confusing because it felt like there where more options available to you. They make 7 simpler by hiding away options? Even searching the computer has less options. What if I want to search hidden files or folders.. 🙁

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  5. Seems to work just fine but I think there’s a typo in the first line:
    “C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropbown 1

    Shouldn’t that be hide-ping-dropdown?

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