Add and Enable HotKeys Support for Controlling iTunes

March 4, 2010 | Filed under Audio


iTunes is a proprietary digital media player application, used for playing and organizing digital music and video files. The program is also an interface to manage the contents on Apple’s popular iPod digital media players as well as the iPhone and iPad. Additionally, iTunes can connect to the iTunes Store via the Internet to purchase and download music, music videos, television shows, applications, iPod games, audiobooks, podcasts, feature length films and movie rentals (not available in all countries), and ringtones. It is also used to download applications for the iPhone and iPod touch running iPhone OS 2.0 or later.

Even if you do not own any Apple products, it is still possible to use iTunes are your media player to play MP3s. Everything about iTunes is nice except that the developer team forgotten to include global hotkey support. Just like Winamp, when you set it to display the visualization at full screen, there are hotkeys to play or pause the track, change to next track, go back to previous track and also bringing the volume up or down. HKTunes cleverly adds this feature to iTunes.

HKTunes (formerly iHK) is an open source program that allows you to control iTunes using global hotkeys. For example, you could change the track and music volume while playing a game. It has a tray menu and a GUI to let you select hotkeys.

iTunes shortcut hotkeys

This app is free and open source. If you do not want to install it on your Windows, you can make use of the portable version that is available to download.

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