Control iTunes With the MiniPlayer (#1293)


Recently I’ve been asked a few times about
playing music in iTunes and how to kind of balance having this big iTunes window open
while you’re doing other apps because people want to see what song is playing. You see it up here. They want to see lyrics. All sorts of things like that. For the longest time, maybe since the very
beginning, iTunes has had something called the Mini Player. That’s exactly what this is for. So you’re using iTunes. You’re playing music like I am here. You can go to Window, MiniPlayer and it brings
up this little mini window here that has a lot of the information and controls that you
need just for listening to music. So you’ve got here the song, the artist, you’ve
got how far the track is in, you’ve got volume control, pause, all sorts of things. You can even expand it here to show you things
like what’s up next in your music playing list or however you’ve set it up you can see
your history of things that’s been played. You can even see lyrics if lyrics are available
for the song that you’re using. This little list here can be closed like that. You also have other options in here. Click the three dots. It’s a very powerful little window. As a matter of fact you can take just about
everything you need to listen to music. You can close it easily by hitting the little
X button there. But the cool thing about the MiniPlayer is
that it doesn’t take up much space. You can put it off here to the side. You can close the main window there and you
can have this present here while you run say other apps for doing different things. So here I’m running Mail and I can run Safari
and I’ve got this little MiniPlayer here and out of the way. Now it’s still easy to hide that little MiniPlayer. Sometimes you want it to always remain on
top. You can do that as well. Just go to iTunes Preferences and in there
you have the option, under Advanced, to keep the MiniPlayer on top of all the other windows. When you selected that notice that if I moved
Safari over the MiniPlayer is always at the top there. So it’s always going to remain at the top. You can move it somewhere out of the way like
the bottom left hand corner. You can even, if you want, shrink it a little
bit. You’ve got this little control here and you
can shrink it down to a mini MiniPlayer and have that there at the very bottom just with
playback controls. If you move the cursor over it you can see
you have controls. If you move the cursor away from it it will
scroll the artist’s song, all of that. So it’s a great way to feel like you still
have control over your music playing without iTunes taking up any space on your screen.

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