Have iTunes Tell You What’s Playing In The Dock [OS X Tips]

Have iTunes Tell You What’s Playing In The Dock [OS X Tips]

Playing music through iTunes is something we do every day. It’s great to be told what track is playing when it starts, but not everyone wants to run a system notification app like Growl. If you still want to be see what the current iTunes track is, check out today’s tip.

Mac OS X Lion has a nifty feature that’s not enabled by default, nor is it available in the iTunes preferences. To make a small notification button pop up in the dock, launch Terminal and then type or paste the following code into the window:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool YES

Next, be sure to type or paste the following familiar command into Terminal, to restart the Dock server:

killall Dock

Now, launch iTunes and start playing a song. You can wait for it to end, or hit the next track button. Either way, you’ll see a cool little Dock notification badge with the Title and Artist of the track that just started playing.

If you decide that this is too distracting, you can set it back to the original non-notification default by issuing the above two commands again. This time, however, replace the final word in the command with NO, like this:

defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool NO

Then issue the killall Dock command and you’re good to go.

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  • puck_fan

    Tried to do this and got “-bash: com.apple.dock: command not found” error what am I doing wrong?

  • puck_fan

    Tried to do this and got “-bash: com.apple.dock: command not found” error what am I doing wrong?

    Nevermind, figured it out and got it working

  • Stefano Lentati

    As a before-Lion user, I adopted Tune•Instructor (http://www.tune-instructor.de/com/), which works fine, comfortably sits in the toolbar and cost as much as you want to donate.

  • Craig James Duffy

    Doesn’t work on Mountain Lion Beta 2. :(

  • shannon_f

    “If you still want to be see what the current iTunes track is, check out today’s tip.” Do none of the CoM writers even read their own articles once to check for typos?

  • _mick_

    Over The Rhine….you boys at Cult Of Mac have good taste.

  • Rob Klaproth

    Doesn’t work.. not sure why… entered the commands and they worked, but i’m not seeing it. OSX LION over here.

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