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Ugh, this is bothersome.

I open iTunes, and 9 times out of 10, when I quit the program, it remains open, but inaccessible.

I click on the icon, and the window won't pop up, I attempt to force quit it and nothing happens, I try to do a killall in Terminal, and it can't find the process, and the only way I can reopen it is to reboot the machine.

Any idea how to fix this?

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Weird. I haven't had this happen to me. I have had it do this when I cmd+w it, but not when I quit it. When I cmd+w it (not sure what that's called, it's not really quitting it.... closing?) it may do either that or just turn into a white box. I usually just switch to a different space, or open an application (like Safari) to cover it up, then go back to iTunes and it's fine.

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maybe it actually is running but not showing up, did you try to open up itunes when the computer is behaving and writing down the all the itunes processes names, then doing the killall command in terminal using those names when its not responding. (its possible they are not responding to show that they are there, but will respond to a command they are given).

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I got it figured out, and it's the same problem I had with my MacBook locking up at bootup.

My iPod shuffle was causing some sort of havoc with iTunes and startup, and by restoring my shuffle, the problems were solved.

Thanks anyway though!

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Same problem different fix. The iPod shuffle fix doesn't apply because I don't have an iPod connected. I speculated that perhaps it's a problem with any device iTunes is communicating with. In this case my iTunes library is on an external FW800 drive. I disconnected the drive and the iTunes process finally shutdown.

All is well now. Thanks!
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Knotwork,

Thanks, great tip... I should have thought of that *duh*... but it's the little stuff that gets ya!

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With large libraries iTunes may also need a while to write all the changes back into its database when you quit, so don't be too hasty to force quit or you may corrupt your library.
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