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Hate iTunes as much as we do? Here’s how to give it the ax

Once upon a time, iPods ruled the world of personal media, and no one would be caught dead with anything but white earbuds dangling from of their pockets. And that little white box was a Trojan horse — it gave Apple a virtual monopoly on the early MP3 market, and incidentally, made iTunes essential for both Mac OS X and Windows users.

But in the years since, smartphones have relied less and less on local music and video, and iPhones and other Apple devices no longer need iTunes to be set up. iTunes had become something of a bloated monster, so much so that many desktop users have done away with it altogether to increase their performance and simply have one less thing to deal with. If you want to fall in the latter category, ere’s how to get rid of iTunes in Windows and Mac OS X.

Uninstalling iTunes in Windows

In Windows 8 or later, press the Start button or Windows key, then begin typing “add or remove programs.” Then, click on the link that appears, and in the Settings menu, scroll down until you find “iTunes.” Click “Uninstall,” then “Uninstall” again to begin the process. In Windows 7 or earlier, click the Start button and find the Control Panel. Afterward, click “Programs and Features” and located iTunes in the list. Right-click the entry and click “Uninstall.”

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Follow the on-screen prompts in the pop-up windows to uninstall iTunes. The process will take several minutes. You may need to click “Yes” on Windows’ User Access Control dialog to continue. Don’t worry about any music you may have added to your iTunes library — the installation process won’t remove any music files.

Once you’ve finished the process above, repeat it for any other Apple programs on your computer, including Apple Application Support, Apple Mobile Device Support, Apple Software Update, and Bonjour (which is also made by Apple). You can also remove the Apple Computer folder in your Roaming folder — in Users>(your username)>AppData>Roaming — but this is optional. A reboot after you’re finished is recommended.

Windows Media Player remains the standard music program on Windows, and third-party music and video players can still play any non-DRM files in your digital library.

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