How to Enable iTunes Now Playing Notifications on Your Mac’s Dock

It’s always nice to know what’s playing in iTunes, because after all, not every person knows their entire library from song to song. Some people prefer using a combination of Bowtie and Growl, and these apps tend to perform the task rather well. However, there are those who don’t wish to install an additional third-party app on their system just to add a specific feature to their OS. Someone found a solution to that. 
 
Keir Thomas, the author of “300 Mac OS X Lion Tips,” contributed instructions to Macworld on how to enable now playing notifications natively in iTunes. Please note that this is a Lion-only method and will not work on Windows PCs or versions of OS X older than 10.7. All one must be willing to do is send Apple’s music player a command via Terminal. Here’s a step-by-step tutorial:  

  1. If iTunes is open, press CMD + Q on your keyboard to quit it.
  2. Click the Spotlight that resides at the top right corner of the screen and type in “Terminal.” Click the result that lies in the “Applications” category.
  3. Type in the following and hit return: defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock
  4. Start up iTunes and start playing a song. You should see a little pop-up right above the dock icon showing the artist and name of the song.
  5. (Optional) If you want a little iTunes icon that you see above in the pop-up, then type this line of code into Terminal and press return: defaults write com.apple.dock notification-always-show-image -bool TRUE;killall Dock
  6. If you’re not satisfied with this notification system, or if it bugs you, then type in the following two lines of code into Terminal and press return:

defaults delete com.apple.dock itunes-notifications  
defaults delete com.apple.dock notification-always-show-image;killall Dock 

Enjoy your notification system!  
[Macworld Hints via TNW]

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