Access the Two Different Mini-Players in iTunes 12
If you’d rather your iTunes player take up less screen real estate, iTunes has two alternative player appearance options available, the album cover player, and the popular mini player. These are not new features to iTunes 12, but like many other things which have been switched up in the latest version, accessing them has changed from prior versions again for whatever reason. This has led some users to believe the mini-players are no longer available in the latest version, but much like the sidebar, it’s still there, you just have to learn how to get to it.
So fear not iTunes mini-player fans, not only is the mini player still there in v12, it’s actually really easy to access! There are a few different ways to get there, so we’ll show you two different tricks to access the mini player and the album art player in the latest iTunes version.
Toggle Into the iTunes Mini-Player with a Keyboard Shortcut
Hit Command+Shift+M to toggle into the Mini Player instantly. This will default to go to the album art view, which isn’t particularly small by default. You can resize that album art player to be fairly small, or go a step further and turn to the classic iTunes Mini Player:
To get into the iTunes micro-player view, press the tiny arrow buttons under the close button. You can hit those little tiny arrow buttons again to switch between album cover player and the minelayer at any time. To make the mini-player even smaller, just resize it like any other window, it can shrink to be quite small this way:
Hitting the Close button returns to the full size default iTunes Player view.
Accessing the Mini Player & Album Art Player from the iTunes Window
- While playing any song or iTunes Radio station, click on the small album cover artwork in the iTunes player titlebar
- This defaults to the Album Cover Player, press the little tiny arrow button to switch to the mini-player
Exiting the Mini Player and returning to the normal iTunes view is just a matter of hitting the (X) close button, or toggling the keystroke again.
The mini player is a great feature if you prefer a minimalist look to your music player or just want something less distracting for you workflow.