Show a “Now Playing” iTunes Notification in the OS X Dock

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    Show a “Now Playing” iTunes Notification in the OS X Dock




    Using a defaults write command, the iTunes Dock icon can be set to display a “Now Playing” song and artist pop-up that transitions in and out and music starts. It’s a nice addition, particularly if you’re playing songs from a shared network playlist and have iTunes hidden in the background.

    Enable the iTunes song & artist Dock icon popups

    Open the Terminal in /Applications/Utilities/ and type the following:

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

    Now kill the Dock to relaunch it:
    killall Dock

    Start playing a song in iTunes to see the notification appear, it’ll disappear automatically and then reappear briefly anytime a new song starts.

    If you decide you don’t like the notification, disabling the iTunes song popup is just as easy:

    defaults delete com.apple.dock itunes-notifications

    You won’t need to relaunch iTunes, but you will need to kill the Dock again.

    This only works in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, if you try it in prior versions nothing happens.
    11-20-11

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