November 20

Enable Hidden iTunes Notifications On Mac OS X

Turns out there an iTunes Dock setting for the Mac, hidden deep inside the new Lion OS. Once activated, the Dock will produce a pop-up notification of which iTunes track is currently playing. Although you can program Growl, a useful little utility, to show similar notifications, you may prefer having the native one found in Lion.
The feature is only available to those running the latest Lion OS X 10.7. It just need to be activated. After following a few simple steps, a window will appear above the iTunes icon on your Dock each time a new track starts, displaying the artist and song title. The notification window will automatically remove itself after a few seconds.

Here’s how to activate it now:
Step 1: Quit iTunes.
Step 2: Open Terminal (Found in Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities).
Step 3: Copy and paste the following command:

Step 4: (Optional) You can customize it even further by adding the iTunes icon inside the popup along with the song info. Just add the following command:

Step 5: Open iTunes and give it a try!

Reverting – Disable Hidden iTunes Notifications On Mac OS X


I’d like to think that I’m familiar with every song in my iTunes library, but decided to try the feature anyway. At first I thought it would be distracting, but found it unobtrusive and actually pretty cool! I think I may go ahead and keep it for a while. The process is completely reversible, anyway. If for any reason you’d like to deactivate the feature, simply follow these steps:

Step 1: Quit iTunes.
Step 2: Open Terminal.
Step 3: Copy and paste the following two lines:

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November 14

.DS_Store cleanup

Open terminal and paste this command:

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