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Monday, August 18, 2014

Show Current iTunes Song

This is a cool little trick that I read about on Cult of Mac. When your iTunes is playing you can get the artist and song to popup down in the dock from your iTunes icon.

To do it you have to use a program called Terminal. If you've never used Terminal before don't worry because you just have to cut and paste one line of code. Open Terminal (it's in your Applications > Utilities) and cut and paste the code below and press enter. Your dock will close and then reopen and the next time you play a song in iTunes a little window should pop up.

defaults write itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock
Edit: the program below is no longer available but I'm recommending ByteControl to replace it as a great, free alternative.
Another program I also use is called YouControlTunes which does the same thing but also gives you some functionality in the task bar to change songs, etc. without having to open up iTunes.

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