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I have been looking for a way to control iTunes from the keyboard quickly and easily. I found the freeware app X-Tunes (at the bottom of the page), which does the job perfectly [136KB download].

[robg adds: If you use iTunes but haven't installed some sort of global controller for it, you're missing out on some great ease of use -- controlling song, volume, and play/pause without moving a mouse or activating iTunes is wonderfully convenient. I thought we'd mentioned X-Tunes here before, but a search proved me wrong. I used to use this app all the time for controlling iTunes; now it's part of what I let Butler do for me. I imagine there are many other ways of doing this; this older hint was one solution, and I think others will probably be listed in the comments.]
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Control iTunes from any application via the keyboard...
Authored by: emdub on Mar 29, '04 11:35:53AM

SizzlingKeys4iTunes works great for me... and it's freeware.

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-emdub

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Link for SizzlingKeys4iTunes
Authored by: ebow on Mar 29, '04 11:53:46AM
Control iTunes from any application via the keyboard...
Authored by: jeremyrh on Mar 29, '04 01:52:52PM

OK, I know I'm dumb but ... how do the "rating" keys work? What does "^2" mean?



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Authored by: dasdrewid on Apr 30, '04 05:01:17PM

The carrot ( ^ ) symbol means "control," as in the "control" key. Another way of writing " ^2 " is "control + 2". The carrot is just the more common form among programmers and Unix users, as it is much more concise.



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Authored by: PancakeMan on Apr 30, '04 05:29:46PM
Correct, except for the spelling.

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Authored by: osxpounder on Mar 29, '04 12:43:42PM

Um, if this is a way to control iTunes from the keyboard, I don't see how. Perhaps I missed noticing a feature of X-keys. All it seems to do is pop up a set of on-screen controls, which you must use the mouse upon. Moreover, you have to hold down the X-keys hotkey combo the entire time you're doing this, so it becomes a 2-handed operation, with one hand on the mouse. That's not quite keyboard control.

SizzlingKeys4iTunes, however, is exactly that: keyboard control for iTunes. You can set keys for next/prev song, up/down volume, pause, mute, and even 'semi-mute'. I'm using it now, and it seems to work perfectly. The default hotkeys are easily changed [I based all mine around the Control key, since it's so seldom used in Mac apps -- so far!].

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Authored by: zacht on Mar 29, '04 05:37:48PM

I downloaded X-Tunes and "sk4it". With X-Tunes, the idea seems to be to hold down a key combo such as command-space with one hand, and with the other hand, press the arrow keys for next/prev track and volume up/down, or press return for pause/play. Not great, but maybe usable for some people.

Right now I'm trying "sk4it". And I just found out that you really have to change the default key combos, at least if you're like me---while typing the previous paragraph I wanted to back up a few words, which is option+left arrow, and unfortunately that's the "prev. track" combo. Dang, did it again.

Time to fix that...

zach



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Authored by: luhmann on Mar 29, '04 01:28:10PM
My favorite is the $6 Synergy controller. Very nicely done! http://synergy.wincent.com/

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Mine too... :o)
Authored by: lionel77 on Mar 29, '04 07:31:17PM

plus, when a new song starts you get a nice transparent window with the song information and the cover art on your screen... just awesome.. :o)



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Authored by: benison on Mar 29, '04 05:53:06PM

Does anyone know how to do bezels like this?



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Control iTunes from any application via the keyboard...
Authored by: olnorth on Mar 29, '04 05:56:04PM

Controls:

command+space+ left / right arrow to go to next / previous track
command+space+ up / down arrow to change volume
command+space+ enter to play / pause

Command key = Apple key ;-)



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Control iTunes from any application via the keyboard...
Authored by: aranor on Mar 29, '04 10:15:51PM
For global hotkeys I much prefer Spark. It's a general-purpose hotkey utility that works very well - it has plugins for different types of hotkeys, and one of the plugins is for iTunes hotkeys. I currently have F8 mapped to play/pause, and I've been considering mapping things to next/previous as well. Spark also lets you set hotkeys for different things, including triggering applications, opening documents, running AppleScripts, and more. It also has a plugin API so you can write our own hotkey plugins.

Oh, and it's free.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Spark, I'm just a happy user

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Authored by: nite77 on Mar 30, '04 03:24:19AM

to control iTunes via keyboard, I use my.. *gasp* .. keyboard! :)
gotta love "mediakeys" on Logitech's Internet Navigator -series of keybs. (plus, it looks too cool in black :)

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/Nite - "can't rain all the time"
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Authored by: sim on Mar 30, '04 08:32:16AM

I can't live without iMote now. It's very easy to use and it's free. And no finger gymnastics to use it...



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Authored by: Pedro88 on May 19, '04 12:02:54AM

I've tried all the iTunes controllers listed here and have yet to find one that will allow me to control iTunes while playing a game in full-screen mode. It's so frustrating; Sizzlingkeys4iTunes doesn't do it, nor does synergy. As for Spark, I tried both assigning hotkeys to the preset iTunes actions and also assigning hotkeys to applescripts that tell iTunes to playpause, next track, etc. All of these options work well globally, except for when I'm playing a full-screen game (like Nascar Racing 2003 Season). The only way that I ended up being able to control iTunes while in a full-screen game was by assigning applescripts hotkeys in Quickeys and assigning the scope of the functions to the game in which I wish to use them. Even this ONLY works if the keys I assign as hotkeys are already global keys with pre-assigned system-wide functions. For instance, on my apple pro keyboard, Function keys 14 and 15 are assigned by the system to decrease and increase brightness levels, respectively. Now, when I launch Nascar 2k3 in full-screen mode, those 2 Function keys still work to change screen brightness. If I assign those 2 keys as hotkeys to trigger iTunes applescripts that I've compiled in Quickeys, they actually do work to trigger the scripts from within the full-screen game mode. BUT, they also retain their original system functions of altering screen brightness! So if I've assigned F14 to trigger the playpause script and F15 to trigger the next track script, they will work from inside the game, but they will also adjust screen brightness when I press them! Obviously this isn't acceptable, but, for some reason, if I assign any other keys to trigger those applescripts from inside the full-screen game, they do not work at all; almost as if the game completely takes over all keys, disconnecting them from the system. So that was my last attempt, and I still haven't found a solution. Anyone??



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Authored by: itsajeepthing111 on Apr 10, '06 08:18:42PM

I personally like Synergy Advance, great interface and works w/ Growl. $12 well spent in my opinion and trust me when I say i don't "buy" many programs often ;)



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