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Old Mar 3rd, 2012, 10:47 PM   #1
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Stop App Store iTunes Store from always opening ???

As I posted to our local VMUG group:


Faaaar to often when browsing in Safari, I go to a site to check out some software or a new app version in a normal browser web page for some software that is now ONLY available via the App Store.

When opening the browser site, invariably the stupid buttinsky App Store launches which I don't want to happen. And what kind of "normal" Mac application is the App Store anyway, it doesn't even have a Preference setting available!!!

I can find no preferences or account settings to disable such a stupid wasteful action.

Gheese Apple, I guess I have to send a suggestion and let them know that I'm really not that dumb, and I actually have the knowledge to know that if I want or need to go to the damn App Store, all I have to do is click the webpage button "Go to App Store".

I think my old brain can actually handle that, so in the meantime, do any users know how to stop the App Store application from always opening when I open the supposedly "linked" web pages??

And as an additional annoyance, often when web browsing on some Apple iDevice software or app, when that webpage is opened, often iTunes insists on loading and asking for my password.

All of which I find time wasting and annoying.

A solution would be most welcome if anyone has some suggestion or method to stop the App Store and/or iTunes store from opening when loading such webpages.
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 11:16 AM   #2
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You can not stop the app store. You should not question the app store. You will input your credit card info and use the app store.
These are not the droids you are looking for....


Really dude, how can you be so disloyal....

;-);-);-) {this is intense sarcasm, for anyone who, might misread it}
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #3
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Thanks JAMG, and at least your reply gave me a chuckle.

A lot better than the reply I got from a VMUG member who is also a member here who insisted I was Apple bashing again and to STOP CLICKING on the "link" (or the symbol) to go to and launch the App Store application.

Like, I think I know enough to know if and when I've clicked on any link or symbol in the web page thanks.

And BTY: Just in case you were wondering why I often go to such sites, the developer's page often has way more details about their software that what the Apple App Store shows, and hence my reason for going there. Just in case you were wondering.
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Can you post a link to a site that automatically launches the App Store without having to click on a specific link / logo for the App Store?
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 08:37 PM   #5
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Can you post a link to a site that automatically launches the App Store without having to click on a specific link / logo for the App Store?
+1, never seen it.
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Old Mar 4th, 2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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Can you post a link to a site that automatically launches the App Store without having to click on a specific link / logo for the App Store?
I will certainly do so for any such webpage sites I encounter and open launching either the App Store or the iTunes Store which seemed a bit strange to me, and without clicking on any sort of link.

Unfortunately, I've trashed all my Safari history plus top sites and emptied the cache, so I have none of the goofy URLs left that caused the "problem".
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I've had this happen frequently - for example, I check a site called Apple Sliced daily. Here's the top item on that list today - a solitaire game. Clicking the download link takes you to the "iTunes Preview" page for that app, with an icon, description, etc., but it ALSO opens the iTMS or the MAS. This seems a bit redundant to me (why bother loading the Preview page at all?) but it does do what the OP in this thread describes.
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I've had this happen frequently - for example, I check a site called Apple Sliced daily. Here's the top item on that list today - a solitaire game. Clicking the download link takes you to the "iTunes Preview" page for that app, with an icon, description, etc., but it ALSO opens the iTMS or the MAS. This seems a bit redundant to me (why bother loading the Preview page at all?) but it does do what the OP in this thread describes.

Thanks CubaMark and you've almost saved my Mac sanity for which some local Mac gurus state it can't happen and I must be clicking on some link to cause either the App Store or my iTunes Store to launch.

But that's my point, I haven't clicked on ANY link, but as an example, I just open a particular site from a Google search to a developers webpage to check, and when it opens on my desktop, shortly after either my App Store or my iTunes Store opens which at that point I REALLY DON'T NEED thanks Apple, and I haven't clicked anywhere on the loaded Safari 5.1.2 page.

Maybe my SL 10.6.8 has some sort of "make it easy to purchase" software lurking somewhere on my iMac???
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Interestingly, loading the iTunes preview webpage directly does not auto-launch the iTMS or MAS. I had assumed it was an HTTP-REFRESH meta tag or something, but that's not the case. I know that somewhere out on the web is a utility or a Safari extension that turns off the auto-launch (I think back in the Leopard days), but haven't seen or heard of it lately.
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I've had this happen frequently - for example, I check a site called Apple Sliced daily. Here's the top item on that list today - a solitaire game. Clicking the download link takes you to the "iTunes Preview" page for that app, with an icon, description, etc., but it ALSO opens the iTMS or the MAS. This seems a bit redundant to me (why bother loading the Preview page at all?) but it does do what the OP in this thread describes.
No the same scenario that pm-r was describing, but strange nonetheless. Which page is trying to launch iTunes? The original page from Apple Sliced, or the App Store preview page? I'm guessing it's the former. And why is it trying to launch the iTunes store instead of the App Store anyway?
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