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    Default [How To] Show a "Now Playing" iTunes Notification in the OS X Dock


    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

    1. Open the terminal by navigating to Applications > Utilities or using Spotlight and typing in Terminal.
    2. Type the following into Terminal:
      defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE
    3. Now kill the dock and relaunch it by typing in the following into Terminal:
      killall Dock

    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.

    1. 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
    2. And kill the dock again by typing in the following command:
      killall Dock

    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!

    Source: TheNextWeb

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    This is awesome!

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    I use iTunesMenu, it sits in my top bar and shows me what song is playing

    Link: Download iTunesMenu for Mac - Menubar item iTunes controller. MacUpdate.com

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    Doesn't growl tunes do something similar to this already except it includes artwork and stuff?

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    I like I like. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
    I use iTunesMenu, it sits in my top bar and shows me what song is playing

    Link: Download iTunesMenu for Mac - Menubar item iTunes controller. MacUpdate.com
    I just don't have room in my menu bar for stuff like that.

    Cool tweak btw

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    sooooo ******* cool!

    SO TIGHT!! although i don't want to get rid of it how would I?
    Last edited by mushromking; 11-19-2011 at 08:16 PM.

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    This tweak is simply awesome... Simple but brilliant!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mushromking View Post
    SO TIGHT!! although i don't want to get rid of it how would I?
    Read the article.

    secret moderator... Please hit that THANKS button over there if I helped you in any single way

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    Very cool.....

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    Either or, both are gr8! ^^


    Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
    I use iTunesMenu, it sits in my top bar and shows me what song is playing

    Link: Download iTunesMenu for Mac - Menubar item iTunes controller. MacUpdate.com

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    Any way to get this working on Mountain Lion? I loved having it, but the instructions no longer seem to do anything. Thanks

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    ^Yes please. Mountain Lion equivalent anyone?

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    I can't get this to work with mountain lion
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