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I bought a new aluminum Apple Keyboard a few days ago, and found the media keys (F7, F8 and F9) very useful for controlling iTunes. Then I discovered after putting a DVD into my Mac Pro that the media keys stop controlling iTunes and control DVD Player instead. Handy to use the keyboard instead of fiddling with a mouse, especially if you have a wireless keyboard!

Not sure if this is documented, but I haven't heard about it before.
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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: Graeme_Smith on Aug 17, '07 08:14:50AM

While we are on the topic of keyboards, as anybody else noticed that the wireless version lacks a number pad (while the usb version is the same as the old layout)? Kind of an odd move I thinků



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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: ddauerbach on Aug 17, '07 08:25:09AM

For me, it's a wonderful move. Otherwise the mouse is too far away and I can hurt myself.



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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: Slinkwyde on Aug 17, '07 08:28:13AM

I take it you didn't watch the webcast. The reason they did that was to make it more portable, and useful in more situations. A lot of people like to put wireless keyboards in their lap, etc. It also makes the keyboard fit in laptop bags.



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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: styrafome on Aug 17, '07 01:07:37PM

<i> as anybody else noticed that the wireless version lacks a number pad</i>

It's the subject of many debates in Mac forums these days, so yes, someone has noticed.

The lack of a number pad is a disadvantage to people who use it all the time. However, it is an advantage for those who want to use the wireless keyboard on their lap, where a number pad always unbalances a keyboard off center, and also for those who intend to throw it in their laptop bag.



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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: hazkid on Aug 17, '07 03:13:08PM

the only control i use is play/pause, and i find the Space bar to be a larger and easier target. It works for all media players on the mac (even VLC), and even works for online flash videos.

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Apple Aluminium Keyboard media keys serve many roles
Authored by: bootle on Aug 17, '07 08:13:15PM

True but this only works when the media app has focus. The play/pause works globally.

This isn't a problem when watching movies and so on, but surfing the web with itunes in the background absolutely needs global media keys.



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Not for me
Authored by: ´ú┐S on Sep 28, '08 10:00:47AM
I hate this function. The number of times I've been in iPhoto and accidentally started a slideshow...
ooo


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Not for me
Authored by: ´ú┐S on Sep 28, '08 10:01:56AM

Oops...



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