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"Could not connect to the iTunes Store" persistent error

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Since iTunes 12.5.4.42 on my Mac, if I am offline then every time I try to play any song I get the error message:"Could not connect to the iTunes Store" and asks me to check my network connection.

 

What else is possible? I don't wish to connect (or don't have internet where I am listening), so how can I make this error message stop, any ideas?

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Yeah, that's annoying. It wants to connect all the time, to be able to show your purchases and check for updated apps. Even if you don't use iCloud Music Library, it's checking the store regularly. Maybe if you sign out from your iTunes Store account it will stop?


I write about Macs, music, and more at Kirkville.

Author of Take Control of macOS Media Apps

Co-host of The Next Track podcast.

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For me, it seems that I get that message when I am not online. While I understand iTunes wanting to perform a check, I can’t seem to comprehend why it tries to connect when I have no internet connection. I know I am not connected to the internet. The message pops up as soon as I open iTunes, when I play a track, fast forward to the next one, etc. The message appears whatever action I take. It is maddening and makes iTunes unusable.

 

This highlights a general grumble of mine about Apple’s reliance on the internet. It’s great being connected, but it does cost actual money. (In addition, leave the Dictionary alone, please!)

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