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iTunes 9 Tip: Start in Safe Mode

A handy troubleshooting tip when dealing with issues in iTunes 9.

Starting applications (or your OS) in Safe Mode prevents additional applications and add-ons from loading. In the case of starting iTunes in Safe Mode, all those extra visualizers and device plug-ins will be disabled, allowing for a more thorough troubleshooting session.

To load iTunes 9 in Safe Mode, simply press and hold (Command + Option) and click to open iTunes 9. Continue holding the Command and Option keys until you see the iTunes Safe Mode warning:

Screenshot by Joe Aimonetti

For more on iTunes tips and troubleshooting, check out these MacFixIt articles:

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