Using the iTunes 10 Album Art Mini-Player

Sep 6, 2010 - 14 Comments

itunes 10 hud desktop player

iTunes 10 has a cool feature where you can use album art as a HUD mini-player on your desktop, it looks pretty great and reminds me of the iPod music player on the iPod touch and iPhone where it’s centered around the album art, being totally barebones except for when you hover over and click the album art.

Enable the iTunes 10 Album Art Mini Player

You’ll need the latest version of iTunes, if you don’t have it yet you can download iTunes 10 from Apple or Software Update.

  • Launch iTunes 10
  • Within iTunes 10, click on the small vertical arrow button in the lower left corner to bring up the album art display
  • (Refer to the screenshots below if you’re confused as to what to click)
  • Now click on the actual album art
  • The iTunes 10 HUD mini-player will now appear, you can resize it and drag it where ever you want.
  • Hover over the mini player to access music controls

If you like the iPhone/iPod style music player you should especially love this, it’s like having the iPod player right on your desktop. This album art player behaves just like any Quick Time window, so hover over it access the window controls to close it, as well as controls to pause, play, and skip songs, adjust sound volume and more.

enable itunes 10 desktop player

The controls fade in and out of the album art which blends seamlessly onto the desktop just like the new version of Quick Time does. Drag the album art onto a spot on your desktop and enjoy the music.

itunes 10 desktop player

I think this is a pretty cool feature of iTunes 10 and it looks a lot better than keeping the iTunes mini player somewhere on the desktop.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iTunes, Tips & Tricks

14 Comments

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  1. Clusterbuster says:

    Hi,
    this desktop theme looks absolutely great, where can I get it !?!

    greetz

    -clusterbuster

  2. Mick says:

    A decent feature, but I would prefer if it had some of the the features that TunesArt provides.

  3. john says:

    This is a cool feature I had not noticed it before.

    Also that is an awesome wallpaper. Care to please share where you got it from

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  5. bremski says:

    that a forrest….

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    Any idea how to make the mini player Always-On-Top in Windows? Power Menu doesn’t work coz iTunes doesn’t have the same window borders as Windows.

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