Itunes waiting for apple tv before playing song

Since updating to iTunes 12, whenever I first open iTunes and want to play a song, it says 'Connecting to Apple TV', then in takes several seconds before it starts playing. I find this behaviour annoying. Anyone else having this problem or know of a possible solution?

I've had that happen too since updating to 12. It makes no sense since my music library has nothing to do with Apple TV.  It happens randomly.  I have checked that Airplay is off, so that isn't it.  I don't have any idea why this is happening or what to do about it.

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