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:
- If iTunes is open, press CMD + Q on your keyboard to quit it.
- 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.
- Type in the following and hit return: defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE;killall Dock
- 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.
- (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
- 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