Apple has just released iTunes 9 and the web is full of reviews that compare the new version to previous ones and outline the changes and new additions that Apple has packed into the new version of their popular music management software.
The new version does not offer that many new features but most users would probably like to update their old version of iTunes anyway. Something that has not changed is the inclusion of many additional software programs and services that many users consider unnecessary. These software programs include the Bonjour service, Apple Quicktime, MobileMe support or the iTunesHelper and iPodService startup processes.
Ajua has updated the iTunes switchless installer which will install iTunes without these programs. This is obviously only an option if you do not really on services such as Bonjour, but if you just want iTunes access without all the addons that get installed, this is the best option to make that happen.
You need to install Quicktime Alternative or Apple Quicktime separately though before this custom version of iTunes can be installed on your system The functionality remains the same for most users. Only those that require the Bonjour service (is there any Windows user who does?) or MobileMe support obviously need to install the official version provided by Apple.
The latest iTunes switchless installer can be downloaded from the developer's website. It is available in English and a multi-language version. The switchless installer was tested with Apple Quicktime installed. Some users reported that Quicktime Alternative 2.9.2. caused problems during installation which might mean that the software needs to be updated to be compatible with iTunes 9.
Update: Custom installers are regularly updated by their creator so that you can download the latest version of iTunes from the site without all the unnecessary applications and add-ons that get installed along the way usually. iTunes switchless installer is offered both as a 32-bit and 64-bit application on the download site. Note that the program installer will be downloaded directly from the developer website.
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