Overkill for Mac

Stop iTunes from opening when you connect your phone

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Overkill is a simple, elegant Mac app, that runs in the background and makes sure iTunes never interrupts your work.

  • Pros: 

    Does exactly what it says, and you don't have to mess around with terminal commands or wonky workarounds.



    After the seventieth time that a meeting screenshare transitioned into my awkward explanation for why I as a grown adult without children had purchased so many Pixar movies and Sandra Bullock rom-coms, my computer was in danger of incidental "snapping-in-half" as a result of "WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F***, ITUNES?-related rage". After a useless encounter with support, and an even less useful attempt to sort through their knowledge base, I was dangerously close to trying my tech-inept hand at terminal commands that were sure to solve the problem, probably by ensuring that my machine would never run any applications ever.

    Instead, found this app and in less than 3 minutes, problem solved, peace restored, and embarrassing iTunes library forever hidden from work meetings. Creators are angels and heroes.


    Jessica Rutland has used this product for one week.
  • Sebastian Orozco
    Sebastian Orozco19 // VC @ ACE Venture Capital

    This is what I've been searching for! An application that prevents iTunes popping up automatically.



    The people who made this are heroes.

    Sebastian Orozco has used this product for one day.
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Niklaus Gerber
Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · I assist with digital innovation
Why not just: From the iTunes menu at the top go to iTunes>Preferences>Devices>Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically. Check the box at the bottom of that window. or Terminal: defaults write com.apple.iTunes StoreActivationMode -integer 1
jeremy carson
jeremy carson@thejeremycarson · Data-Driven Creative
@niklausgerber doesn’t itunes still launch when you plug in?
Niklaus Gerber
Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · I assist with digital innovation
@thejeremycarson Not with the terminal command.
Felix Krause
Felix KrauseMaker@krausefx · iOS/Ruby Dev working on fastlane
@niklausgerber Hey Niklaus, regarding the setting you mention, this is the first thing mentioned in the announcement post linked - there can be many reasons on why iTunes would launch itself, here are some examples: - You click the play/pause key while listening to a web-based music player (e.g. SoundCloud, YouTube) - Someone sent you a link to an iOS app - You click on a link on the web, and didn’t expect it to be a Music link - You updated iTunes - You launch iTunes by clicking on the icon by mistake - You open a video/music file in Finder, and forgot to change the default app to VLC - You connect Bluetooth headphones
Noam “N.G.” Gordon
Noam “N.G.” Gordon@noam_ng_gordon · Building NearMe.pet with my dog.
Niklaus Gerber
Niklaus Gerber@niklausgerber · I assist with digital innovation
@krausefx Okay this I missed. Then it makes also a lot more sense. Keep it up.
Jack Dweck
Jack DweckHunter@jackdweck · Product Manager at Unroll.Me
Exactly one year after launching Overkill as a shell script, @krausefx and @danielsinger are re-launching it as a native Mac app. 🙌
Daniel Singer
Daniel SingerMaker@danielsinger · X6 Fleet Manager at @pandastartup 🐼
@krausefx @jackdweck thanks for hunting it Jack! Was fun to work on this and iTunes is a thing of the past now!
carlos garcia
carlos garcia@androidlove · Co-Founder, Internet Missionaries
iTunes preferences works. Now something that removes Photos from opening with any device at all with using terminal.
Daniel Singer
Daniel SingerMaker@danielsinger · X6 Fleet Manager at @pandastartup 🐼
@androidlove overkill can kill any app, all the time :)
Christoph Schepan
Christoph Schepan@venturechris · Early Stage Investor, Startup Zealot
Great stuff. Installed it right away! :)
Ayush Chandra
Ayush Chandra@ayush_chandra · Law Student|Tech Evangelist
Great job !! Is there any app /tool which is available for Windows 10?