How to remove iTunes store and Ping arrows / buttons next to songs in Windows

Prior to iTunes 10 an arrow button would be placed next to the selected song, album, and artist. Clicking on any of these arrows / links would open the iTunes store. With the introduction of iTunes 10, this arrow has been enlarged and now sports the word “Ping” as this button is now used for Apple’s new Ping musical social network.

I hate these buttons with a passion.

The only thing I get out of them is anger when I accidentally click one of them. Apple of course has not included a way to easily disable these. Thankfully some resourceful users on the Apple discussion forums discovered a way to turn this junk off!

The Solution!

Run the following commands in your command line (Start -> Run -> cmd):

"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt hide-ping-dropdown 1
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt show-store-link-arrows 0
"C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunes.exe" /setPrefInt disablePingSidebar 1

If you’re running the 64 bit version of Windows when you will need to change “Program Files” above to “Program Files (x86)”.

Source of the fix. [apple.com forums]

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