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Replace the iTunes 10 Dock icon with cover art Apps
There are a lot of people who don't care for the new iTunes 10 icon. Several replacement icons have already been created. There was a previous hint about how to change the icon.

Another option is to use the freeware DockArt plug-in for iTunes is another option. It will replace the iTunes dock icon with the currently playing album cover. This plug-in has been around for a long time, but it still works perfectly with iTunes 10. The download includes documentation in a readme file, and the installation process given below in excerpted from that. There are several other options mentioned, so be sure to give it a read.

After downloading and unzipping the file, to install the plugin copy the file DockArtPlugin.bundle to ~/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-Ins (or /Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-Ins if you'd like to make it available to all users).

If iTunes is running, stop and restart it. You'll see an entry named DockArt added to iTunes' Visualizer menu, but you don't have to select it. Any time you play a song that has cover art, it will replace the iTunes icon in your dock. When nothing is playing, or whatever is playing has no art, the normal iTunes icon will appear. The plugin will work, I believe, with all versions of iTunes from 4.1 onward but does require QuickTime 6.4 or later.

[crarko adds: I tested this, and it works as described. The DockArt plugin may have been around a while, but this is the first I'd heard of it. I like this better than the older hint because using a plugin does not require altering the contents of the iTune application package and running the risks associated with breaking the digital signature of the app. The plugin is mirrored (with permission) here.]
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Wow, great stuff!
Authored by: mdwittenberg on Sep 08, '10 08:58:16AM

Really impressed with this plugin - works beautifully.
Here's a screen shot with the "skewed" and "iTunes Badge" options enabled:
http://twitpic.com/2mg3iy



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Replace the iTunes 10 Dock icon with cover art
Authored by: Danny Doe Jr on Sep 08, '10 11:21:08AM

Used it for Years, until I believe iTunes 9, then it started bringing down iTunes. Just tested it again, but it still crashes iTunes. Too bad, because this is a very nice addition to iTunes.



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Replace the iTunes 10 Dock icon with cover art
Authored by: gjw on Sep 08, '10 01:03:01PM

FWIW, I think it's still a nice addition to iTunes and as far as I know the only scenario where DockArt appears to be involved in an iTunes crash is if the preferences have somehow become corrupted. I've never experienced it myself and haven't yet figured out how to trigger it. If you send me mail, I'll see what I can do to help you get it corrected on your machine.



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Replace the iTunes 10 Dock icon with cover art
Authored by: arkayn on Sep 08, '10 11:40:01AM

I found out that there is a newer version of the plugin as well, just not on that site.

http://www.splook.com/Software/DockArt.html

But 1.2.1 works just fine as well.



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