Mute and Unmute in iTunes Mini Player
You know the scenario. You have your music playing loud when all of a sudden the phone rings and you scramble to pause or close everything to get the silence you so require.
Next time this happens, try calling up the main Alfred window and type “mute”. Magic.
Want more magic? Once you’re finished with your call, simply type “mute” into Alfred again and your sound shall return!
The one in which you play a random album II
Don’t forget that with the newest release (0.9), you now have the option to customise the settings for the random album feature inside Alfred and set it so that it only plays ‘larger albums’ with more than 5 tracks when this feature is selected.
No more 1-song albums that need your attention straightaway :)
The one in which you become an iTunes DJ
With the iTunes DJ mode, you’ll now be able to quickly add songs to the playlist from right inside the Alfred iTunes Mini Player. Here’s how to set it up.
- First you need to make sure you have iTunes DJ activated inside iTunes - the best way to test this is to open iTunes, then in the left sidebar spot “iTunes DJ”, click on this and be taken to a playlist (if this doesn’t happen, check that you’ve ticked iTunes DJ in the General iTunes preferences or click the “Activate” link that would show up instead of a playlist when you click on iTunes DJ in the left sidebar)
- Select your preferred behaviour in Alfred’s Preferences > Features > iTunes > Playlists — choose whether you want to play songs immediately, next, or add them to the end of the queue.
- Toggle the iTunes DJ mode on inside the mini player — open the Alfred iTunes Mini Player and press Cmd-D to toggle the DJ mode on and off.
To see this quickly in practice, have a look at our 0.9 walkthrough video (start at 2:24).
The one in which you control iTunes with keywords
With the 0.9 updates to the Powerpack, it’s gotten even easier to control your iTunes music library and navigate to the best music.
Whether you are in the main Alfred window or inside the iTunes Mini Player, you can now use keywords to play or pause the currently playing song, select next or previous track or play a random album. With keywords you can also quickly and easily toggle volume to maximum, half or completely mute your music.
You can customise these keywords in Preferences > Features > iTunes > Keywords.