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iTunes 11 MiniPlayer and Movie Tips

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Several weeks ago, Apple released a new version of iTunes – iTunes 11 which brings you a complete different user experience. iTunes 11 features a new MiniPlayer that has enough advanced functionality to allow you to control playback without the main iTunes window. You can also bring up a movie window that doubles as an artwork viewer. You can set both to remain on top of all other windows and apps allowing you to control your music playback while doing other things with your Mac.

Full Screen

While it’s not obvious, you can use the MiniPlayer in iTunes 11 when you’re in full-screen mode. To do so, switch out of full-screen mode, set iTunes to show on all desktops (right- or Control-click on the Dock icon, select Options > All Desktops), open the MiniPlayer as a separate window (Window > MiniPlayer), then click the full-screen button on the main window.Note that if you have the MiniPlayer set to float above other windows (in the iTunes Advanced preferences), then it won’t display when you switch to iTunes. This makes sense, of course, because you don’t need it then. Also, this is the only way to get the MiniPlayer to work across spaces, if you use them. If iTunes is not in full-screen mode, then the MiniPlayer only displays in the same workspace as iTunes.

Placing Movies in Other Categories

iTunes 11 introduces a new category called Home Movies. Videos you’ve purchased from iTunes store is placed under the “Film” or “TV shows” category. For your imported videos, they’re automatically placed under the “Home Movies” category. You can always change it if you like. Right-click on the video and select “Get Info” option. Under Options tab, choose Film, TV Show, Music Video from the Media kind list.

Importing Content Anywhere

Most of the content you import into iTunes probably comes directly from the iTunes Store or some other online outlet. But when you need to manually add media files from your Finder into iTunes, it seems you can drag and drop media into any part of the iTunes interface, and the song(s) or video(s) will get copied to your iTunes library. From there you locate the imported content and label it accordingly.The same can be done for dragging and dropping appropriate content to one of your iDevices. If you want to quickly copy a group of songs to your iPhone, simply select the songs and drag them to the DEVICES drop-down window near the top of the user interface.

Up Next

iTunes’ Up Next feature is also baked into the MiniPlayer. Click the list icon to the left of the search button. You’ll see the next few tracks listed.Click the time icon to see what you’ve already listened to (handy for answering “what was that song?” questions). Click clear to empty that history or remove items from your upcoming queue. This allows you to finish playback after the current song finishes.

The MiniPlayer’s a great new window with a great set of features. Found something we missed? Drop a note in the comments and share!

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