Showing iTunes Track & Song Titles In The Dock

When I’m writing, I like to listen to music in the background. When writing, I also like to have everything minimized so I can quickly grab a screenshot of the desktop where needed. This means that when I run into a track that doesn’t work with whatever I’m writing that I would need to unminimize iTunes, click the next button and then re-minimize iTunes. Awhile back I found a better way but can’t remember where for attribution. So, part of my default user template and imaging framework now includes setting the iTunes Dock icon to show the track that I’m playing so I can easily go to the next song, filing away the current song to remove from whatever playlist at a later date in case I’ve forgotten who the artist was. By default the iTunes Dock icon doesn’t show the current playing track. To tell it to:

defaults write itunes-notifications -bool TRUE

Then killall Dock:

killall Dock

Now when you click on iTunes in the dock and hold the mouse down, you’ll see the following:

If you later decide you don’t like this:

defaults write itunes-notifications -bool FALSE

And then killall Dock:

killall Dock


  • Sascha
    July 29, 2012 - 11:12 pm | Permalink

    Nice find. There is a much nicer one though:

    • July 30, 2012 - 6:44 am | Permalink

      I’ll check out hyperdock. A lot of people have recommended it to me, just never got around to installing it…

  • Sam
    July 30, 2012 - 4:20 am | Permalink

    Mine seems to already do that. Perhaps something I have installed modified it?

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