Show a “Now Playing” iTunes Notification in the Mac OS X Dock
Using a defaults write command, the iTunes Dock icon can be set to display a “Now Playing” song and artist pop-up that transitions in and out and music starts. It’s a nice addition, particularly if you’re playing songs from a shared network playlist and have iTunes hidden in the background.
Enable the iTunes song & artist Dock icon popups
Open the Terminal in /Applications/Utilities/ and type the following:
defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool TRUE
Now kill the Dock to relaunch it:
Start playing a song in iTunes to see the notification appear, it’ll disappear automatically and then reappear briefly anytime a new song starts.
If you decide you don’t like the notification, disabling the iTunes song popup is just as easy:
defaults delete com.apple.dock itunes-notifications
You won’t need to relaunch iTunes, but you will need to kill the Dock again.
This only works in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and later versions of Mac OS, if you try it in prior versions nothing happens.
The tip comes from Keir Thomas, author of Mac Kung Fu, we found it by way of TheNextWeb.