Tag: iTunes

Quick Update – Play Button iTunes Patch

OS X El Capitan has been released, and my iTunes Play Button Patch is not compatible with it because of the new System Integrity Protection (SIP) that restricts any user (even root user) from modifying any system files. You can get around this by temporarily disabling SIP, applying the patch and then re-enabling SIP. I feel like this is not a good solution because it is cumbersome and it will likely have to be redone every time iTunes is updated (something needed by the existing method as well).

So, what’s the alternative? I have used Vox music player on and off, and I noticed that it has a preference pane which works with El Capitan and accomplishes the same goal with a different approach. I believe they use a background service that listens for the key and handles it, if configured. I feel like that’s a better approach to this problem and properly deals with the SIP restrictions that Apple has added to OS X El Capitan.

I am new to OS X service programming so I am going to research and see if I can learn about it to address this need. This will likely also address the enhancement request that many folks have submitted to allow control from other devices.

Play Button iTunes Patch GUI App is Live!

Play Button iTunes Patch GUI app is live!

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Play Button iTunes Patch GUI App Almost Ready to Go Live

Play Button iTunes Patch GUI app is almost ready to go. You can download the beta version from the project page. Source code is in the gui branch.

The new interface

Migrating Play Button iTunes Patch to a GUI App

I am working on migrating the Play Button iTunes Patch to a GUI app. Here is a sneak peak of what it looks like so far. You can see the source code in github.

This has been an interesting project because I have had to learn about elevated privileges in OS X, which apparently isn’t a very common use case. I am hoping that this version will be simpler and minimize the xcode command line tool installation.

Alpha Version

Update for Songbird 1.10: Apple Keyboard Media Key Support

2013-03-17: I have duplicated Nick’s add-on and created a version that I am hoping I will update on a timely fashion as new songbird versions are released. You can find this add-on on the Songbird add-on website.

2012-11-04: Updated xpi for Songbird 2.1.

Apple Keyboard Media Key Support is a must have Songbird add-on if you use Songbird on a mac. With the recent Songbird update (1.10) it is no longer compatible and cannot be installed. I decided to update the compatibility in the install (xpi) and see if still works. Guess what? It does.

So, until Nick uploads the official version to the add-on site I am uploading an updated version here. I have emailed Nick so he can upload this to the official site. Note that I have updated the version to 1.4.1 (from 1.4.0) so Songbird will let you install it.

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