Annoyances: QuickTime and iTunes

November 12th, 2005

I find it quite irritating that I have to install iTunes if I want to install QuickTime on my computer. Thankfully, it can be uninstalled seperate from QuickTime, but I did not think that Apple had to resort to such techniques to get people to use their software. I use iTunes on my desktop at home but would rather keep it off my laptop. Is that too much to ask?




  1. Martin says:

    Are you using Windows or Mac – from the Apple website I thought you could just download Quicktime 7?

  2. Mark (118 comments.) says:

    I know that standalone downloads are available through a quick search and I am also aware that I can uninstall iTunes after the install, but why the runaround. The page that gets brought up for a simple Quicktime install, produces a download that includes iTunes.

  3. Ajay D'Souza (39 comments.) says:

    Was going to suggest QuickTime alternative but saw huphtur.

    I too use it, and don’t bother installing the bloated quicktime and since I don’t own an iPod I dont use iTunes

  4. alvin (1 comments.) says:

    and my problem is exactly the opposite of yours….

    I just want quicktime player for crying out loud, why *makes* me install itune too?


  5. Eli Simpson says:

    QuickTime Alternative is definitely the way to go. I also recommend RealPlayer Alternative.

  6. Irish John (1 comments.) says:

    They have no update files either (that is easily found anyway). With every update, it’s a full 30-40MB download. Not that it matters with broadband, but this is the sort of crap that people used to complain about with Microsoft.

  7. Sky (5 comments.) says:

    One more vote for QuickTime Alternative. Light, fast and easy.

  8. David Russell (32 comments.) says:

    This might be news to you, but there is this feature in Windows called ‘Add/Remove Programs’ – you can remove iTunes without installing Quicktime. Plenty of companies bundle software together – e.g. you can’t get the MSN toolbar without MSN Desktop Search (and vice versa), you can’t download Google Desktop without the Google Toolbar and so on.

    • TG2 says:

      @David Russel
      Another of the arrogant asses that believes installing everything with the kitchen sink is necessary when all you wanted to do was get a glass of water from the tap, and that having to uninstall the unintended crap should just be “acceptible”.. bullsh*t! Its you and people like you that use your apathetic view of things that lets apple (microsoft too) get away with what ever they damned well want.

      Its not the point of “you can uninstall” but that 1) it shouldn’t have installed in the first place 2) it makes assumptions of use 3) installs components that have absolutely no use for the “core” tools 4) uninstall *rarely if ever* removes all traces of the crap thats’ installed 5) modifies settings that weren’t supposed to be changed (mp3 in internet explorer anyone?)

      Everything that we’ve bitched about for years with microsoft, and all the apple fan boys telling us “they don’t have such problems” has finally come to the apple crowd .. you’re bloated, riddled with inappropriate settings, and while you stand out from a crowd, quicktime & itunes are just the slowest dog headin’ out the gate.

      I can click ONE time on winamp’s play button and the current tune in the playlist starts right then and there.. *EVEN WHEN WINAMP IS OUT OF FOCUS!* But have itunes in the background visible, click the “play” button and all it does is bring the thing into focus, and to get it to play I’m clicking again.. and then waiting for 10 or more seconds for the damned thing to start.. I hate it.. if it weren’t for getting gift cards from people for music I’d **NEVER** use itunes, its a cludge app, doesn’t do multiple instances (ie browse the store and play tunes overlaying a sample to the other instance which should still be playing the playlist … but not itunes)

  9. robin (2 comments.) says:

    Dave, did you even read past the first sentence? Or were you talking to Alvin?

  10. jez (56 comments.) says:

    I find quicktime very annoying for the simple reason that it puts itself into the system autostart and the tray after having installed it.

    You have to manually remove this option in some “almost hidden” tab.
    So far I didn’t have any expirience with iTunes being installed with quicktime.
    Since when is this new?

  11. Wiebe Tijsma (1 comments.) says:

    Hmm I’d like the other way around, use iTunes but without QuickTime. when I uninstall Quicktime, iTunes doesn’t work anymore :-( I’d prefer quicktime alternative as well…

  12. Jeremy says:

    I need iTunes without Quicktime, I have Quicktime Pro 6 and don’t want to pay for Pro 7, but I want iTunes.
    This is a major annoyance and could cost me $25 bucks.

  13. lucas rem says:

    i dont like the package deal, 2 good products but one integration in not the solution for alot of us. u know i like Quicktime only for the h.264 (-: and i need it for tutorials and so.

  14. LawStuff says:

    As it happens, we are in the process of starting a class action lawsuit against Apple because of this packaging of iTunes with Quicktime.

    If anyone would like to join this class action lawsuit, please email me directly admin @

  15. nicholas says:

    itunes/ipod have corrupted windows xp just from installing them. my computer will not boot into normal mode any more… does anybody have a way to manually uninstall ipod, itunes, and all related software? I’ve tried all the usual, obvious routes for correcting this and nothing so far has worked

  16. Chris says:

    I am having a similar issue with Itunes on XP. Try loading off ERD commander or Linux because they can read the XP partition. Its allot of work but you can remove itunes. You would have to remove the program files as well as the regestry keys.

  17. Charlie says:

    Since upgrading my iTunes to the new 6.0 version, both Quicktime and iTunes are bundled. Removing the Quicktime program leaves iTunes inoperable. Now I can no longer download audio files to itunes to put on my ipod…clicking on ‘download audio file’ of any website, only plays the audio without downloading it….anyone else having this problem?

  18. Russell Hubbard says:

    Sign me up! After trying all alternatives listed on various forums and tech logs, I even spent $40 on an “Uninstaller” program which also wouldn’t pick up either itunes or Quicktime. Not only is Apple costing me practically the whole week end in senselss, futile, aggravating, unsuccessful nonsense – They’re costing me money on programs to deal with their latest Bullsh….T!

  19. Matt says:

    I have had major problems with the itunes+quicktime download. The first time i downloaded it it installed fine, but then i did a system restore and now no matter how many times i reinstall or download a new file, itunes won’t execute and quicktime displays an error saying it is not installed properly.

  20. TK_M says:

    My concern with using QuickTime Alternative is how secure is it? QT does usually fairly well in keeping ontop of vulnerabilities. But does anyone know how secure the alternative is please?

  21. Heidi says:

    This is driving me crazy, too! If you ever find an answer to it, I’d love to hear it!

  22. Stephan says:

    When I uninstall itunes from Add/Remove Programs, it goes through the whole process. Makes you think it is uninstalling it. What a load of crap. It doesn’t do anything. Itunes is still installed and fully functional. Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks

  23. Fara Smith says:

    Let’s get Apple on this one. I still can’t uninstall Itunes in my control panel. I want it out..

  24. tommy says:

    try removing quicktime player first then uninstall itunes it worked for me

  25. tommy says:

    try removing quicktime player first then uninstall itunes it worked for me

  26. Dennis says:

    Charlie, You may have already figured this out by now, but I will share it anyway. You can download audio files, but it takes a couple of extra steps. Right click on the download link. Choose “save target as.” Then when the save menu comes us, save it not as an “mpeg document” which is default, but as “all files.” Add .mp3 as an extension at the end of the file name, and it will save on your computer as an mp3 file, and you can immediately use it.

  27. Rob says:

    The link to a standalone version of Quicktime is on the exact same page as the link to download iTunes/Quicktime. No “runaround” or “search” needed.

  28. pappapump says:

    To remove Itunes from a windows based PC Add/remove does NOT work!
    The program is installed using the new windows installer and you need this program to remove itunes from your quicktime/itunes combo install (msicuu2.exe).
    Install it then find it in programs then click it, you will find itunes and quicktime in the list.
    I would recommend installing this permanently since many other programs are starting to use the NEW windows installer to jack their programs into your PC without the ability to remove them easily.
    This is the only reliable way to remove Itunes with 0 hassle.
    The quicktime and realplayer alternatives are nice but can’t play some of the newer QT and RP files coming out.

  29. qqqqqqqqq says:

    everytime i either try to download iTunes & QuickTime together or just QuickTime on its own the same error message comes up
    could not open key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\classes\QuickTime.QuickTime\CLSID. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.
    It then doesnt allow me to carry on downloading it do anyone know how i get over this problem.

  30. Ruben Barrios says:

    everytime i either try to download iTunes & QuickTime together or just QuickTime on its own the same error message comes up
    could not open key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\classes\QuickTime.QuickTime\CLSID. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel.
    It then doesnt allow me to carry on downloading it do anyone know how i get over this problem.

  31. PlainJoe says:

    I bought an IPod to check out what all the fuss was about. I hate the wheel. Took forever to get music working properly. iTunes is crap. Still can’t get videos to work properly. No sound. For MP3s my cheap USB players made in China or where-ever have been working fine for years and still is more convenient. I prefer PSP for watching videos and playing games when travelling. My Sony Ericsson phone is great and so is any notebook I’ve used. I don’t care about Macs, Windows and Linux, have used them all and as long as they work. Next to CD-ROMs that end up wasting tons of CDs, adware, spyware and viruses, IT hypers, Free And Open Source (FOSS) evangelists that are actually communists selling proprietary software … the iPod is the worst abuse of technology I’ve come across.

  32. Isiah (1 comments.) says:

    I just got my 2000t and all of my songs are skipping in iTunes, and I cant figure out why. If someone could help me out and tell me how to fix this I would really appreciate it because its driving me crazy. Thanks for the replys.

  33. trish says:

    yes i have the same problem with HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\classes\QuickTime.QuickTime\CLSID. Verify that you have sufficient access to that key, or contact your support personnel. does anyone know what that means. I have downloaded ccr and done other things i have read on here and still it wont download and i cant even download realplayer says the same thing whats wrong?

  34. huntermunk says:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ problem here too

    qt is messed up

  35. BG says:

    I don’t yet know what causes the problem, but I have found that with XP and multiple users that occasionally the permissions get messed up. To fix the HKLM issue – use regedit, navigate to the key and you’ll probably get a warning message about permissions. You need to right click, select permissions and then take ownership of the key (assign ownership to Administrators for example) then click OK (ignore any warnings) until the dialogue boxes are closed. Go back in to the permissions and adjust as required. You may need to refresh the key list after changing permission and apply permissions to each subkey… Good luck.

  36. Matej says:

    i’ve not read through all this, but who ever got this problem with registry not having access to run registry, and you even cannot access it via regedit (like i couldnt) it’s prolly because of one of the protective programs like tune up they take care of ur registry so some weird a$$ viruses dont get installed or something god knows …and he doesnt care btw… so just uninstall proggies like tune up and u can install quick time np

  37. Marty says:

    I only have a work computer, and I NEED itunes. Whenever i try and download it, it says that i do not have authority to acces or something like that. Is there any way I can get around this to get itunes back in my life? Thanks


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