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Control iTunes with iPhone headset Laptop Macs
This might be obvious, but I just discovered that if I plug my iPhone headphones (the Apple-supplied set) into my late-2008 MacBook Pro, I can control iTunes just as I control music playback on my iPhone -- the button on the cord lets me play, pause and skip a song.

[robg adds: I imagine you can also jump back a song, too, using a triple-click as described in this hint. I'm not sure what other portable Macs this may work on.]
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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: drmacnut on Dec 03, '08 08:31:26AM

Unfortunately, this doesnʻt work on the mid-2008 model (2.5 GHz) which I got in June. :( shucks



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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: sweyhrich on Dec 03, '08 08:37:01AM

Likely this also works on the late 2008 MacBooks as well. This may account for a feature on my MacBook that I had not seen mentioned elsewhere. The headphone (audio output) jack is "smart", compared to a typical headphone jack.

On my PowerBook G4, plugging in a cord to headphones or an external amplifier worked the same as it would if I plugged it into any radio made from the 1950s onward; it disconnected the internal speaker and directed the output signal to what was plugged in.

On my MacBook, however, I find that when I plug in something to the audio port, it does stop output from the speakers (with one exception I'll mention in a minute), but it does so at a unique volume setting. That is, if I have the volume turned all the way down on the computer, the volume in the headphones will be at whatever level it was last set at when it was used. When I unplug the headphones, the speaker volume on the computer will return to what it was set at before the headphone was plugged in.

Interestingly, the startup tone that plays during a restart <i>still</i> plays through the internal speakers <i>even</i> if there are headphones plugged in.

Since this audio port is so "smart", I would imagine that it also responds to the controls on the iPhone headset.

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Steven Weyhrich
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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: krusty76 on Dec 03, '08 01:27:19PM

That functionality (the separate volume memory for audio out) has been in effect for at least a few generations.

Unfortunately, as pointed out by the first response, this new headphone control is absent from my late 2007 model MBP.



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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: PCheese on Dec 04, '08 01:46:29AM
Interestingly, the startup tone that plays during a restart still plays through the internal speakers even if there are headphones plugged in.

It didn't before. I think Apple rethought the startup chime:

  • more and more Macs are plugged into (potentially really loud) external speakers, TVs, etc
  • always having it come from the internal speaker simplifies troubleshooting - one of the primary reasons for the existence of the startup tone


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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: owsla on Dec 04, '08 08:42:24AM
I use a great, simple preference pane to keep the startup sound from being too loud:
http://www5e.biglobe.ne.jp/~arcana/software.en.html#StartupSound

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Authored by: Girrelephants on Dec 07, '08 11:01:34PM

It only works with the new completely aluminum MacBooks that just came out, the ones where the whole trackpad is a button with the glass screen with the unibody. The ones released in October 2008.



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Control iTunes with iPhone headset
Authored by: hasole on Mar 18, '09 04:57:00PM

Has anyone tried this on an early 2008 macbook? I have a 2.4ghz macbook white.



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Works in Early 2009 Mac Pros too
Authored by: owenimholte on Apr 20, '09 12:57:15AM

I can confirm that the Apple In-Ear headphones (with remote) also work on the Early 2009 Mac Pros. All buttons work, in supported applications.

The coolest part for me is that the microphone is recognized as a sound input device, allowing the Mac Pro to capture audio without a standalone mic!



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