By using a default write command, users can have the iTunes Dock icon can be set to display a “Now Playing” song and artist pop-up that transitions in and out at the start of songs. It’s quite a nice feature to have if you like many keep iTunes hidden in the background, especially if you are playing songs from a shared network and aren’t aware of what songs might be played. If you are interested in setting up the feature yourself, you can do so by following the instructions below:
Enable A Notification in iTunes When it Switches Songs
- Open the terminal by navigating to Applications > Utilities or using Spotlight and typing in Terminal.
- Type the following into Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE
- Now kill the dock and relaunch it by typing in the following into Terminal:
There you have it, now when you start playing songs in iTunes, notifications will begin to appear at the start of a song and disappear automatically afterward.
- There are some of you who might not like the notifications though. Luckily for you, disabling the feature is just as easy. Just open the terminal and type the following command to disable the feature:
defaults delete com.apple.dock itunes-notifications
- And kill the dock again by typing in the following command:
As a quick note, this feature only works on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. If you end up trying this in previous versons of the OS X, nothing happens.
Will you be enabling this feature? If you already did, what do you think of it? Share any thoughts and experiences below!