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Remove the Ping buttons and sidebar from iTunes 10.0.1 on Windows

If you recently updated to the latest version of iTunes, you probably noticed Apple’s latest force-feeding of their new Ping service.  When you run iTunes for the first time after upgrading, you’ll have a giant Ping sidebar on the right side of your screen as well as icons next to each song.  You can close the sidebar, but there’s no option in the UI for turning off the (in my opinion, annoying) icons next to the song titles.

iTunes screenshot showing Ping icons and sidebar

Here’s how to get rid of them (thanks goes to OS X Daily for pointing me in the right direction, the majority of sites are only giving the Mac method for fixing this which doesn’t work on Windows.  I’ve added a fix for their typo and how to execute the command correctly on a 64-bit system which wasn’t mentioned in their original post):

1) Close iTunes if it’s running.
2) Open a command prompt window.  (Start -> Run -> cmd)

3) Enter the following commands:
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

If you’re running a 64-bit version of Windows, you’ll need to use the following commands instead:
"C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
"C:\Program Files (x86)\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

It appears that the button for the Ping sidebar will not go away if you have ever activated it. Just close the sidebar once after running the commands above, they will prevent the Ping sidebar from automatically re-opening.

Back to normal:

iTunes screenshot - Ping icons and sidebar removed

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  • Fake

    Mostly worked. I still had the PING sidebar, but I could just hide the whole sidebar. I appreciate the post – thank you!

    • Yeah, I noticed that it doesn’t seem to be possible to completely eradicate the toolbar, but at least after doing the steps and closing the toolbar it doesn’t pop back up automatically anymore.

  • Kuan

    it worked, but de command.exe keeps showing C:documents and setting >
    so, i put ””C:Program FilesiTunesiTunes.exe” /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1” in start -> run and opened, and the ping button dissapeared