The iTunes Mini Player is a handy, mouse-free way to control your music collection. From playing your favourite albums and rating them to letting Alfred surprise you with a random album, there's much fun to be had with the Mini Player.
Launching the Mini Player
To call up the iTunes Mini Player, type "itunes" within Alfred (or use the Ctrl + Cmd + Return hotkey combination). Start typing the name of a song, album or artist, or navigate through the options underneath. Within this list, you can operate using arrow keys or command + number.
Tip: You can customise the Ctrl + Cmd + Return key combination or the "itunes" keyword under Features > iTunes preferences.
Rating your music
You can rate your music collection, using stars and half stars. This rating will then be visible also within iTunes itself. You can either use the mouse to set a star rating or type in "Ctrl + Cmd + number from 1 to 5".
Tweaking your iTunes settings
Alfred offers a few options to tweak your musical experience.
- Play only longer random albums by checking the "when randomising, only play longer albums" where only albums with 5+ tracks will be played.
- By default, the Mini Player remains visible after you start playing a song, giving you the opportunity to keep browsing. Check the "hide Mini Player" box if you'd prefer for the window to close when you select a song.
iTunes Mini Player hotkeys & keywords
You can use these when the iTunes Mini Player is visible, or you can add your own global hotkeys by creating an iTunes workflow.
|⌥ ⌘ ↩||Show the iTunes Mini Player|
|itunes||Use keyword to show the iTunes Mini Player|
|ctrl ⌘ ↓||Play / Pause|
|play/pause||Play / Pause keywords|
|ctrl ⌘ →||Next Track|
|ctrl ⌘ ←||Previous Track|
|ctrl ⌘ ↑||Play Random Album|
|random||Play Random Album|
|ctrl ⌘ [0-5]||Rate currently playing song from 0 to 5 stars|
|backspace||Go up a folder in iTunes Mini Player|
|⌘ r||Reindex iTunes library|
User definable hotkeys & keywords
Go to the Workflows tab in Alfred's preferences and create a new workflow using the iTunes templates. Connect keywords to control the Mini Player from Alfred's main window, or set hotkeys to control your music without even showing Alfred first!
- Show new songs in the iTunes Mini Player: Troubleshooting steps if the Mini Player doesn't show newly added songs or doesn't play a song when selected.