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How can I use the media keys (previous track, play/pause, next track) for Spotify instead of iTunes? OS X 10.9.4

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Related question:… – pietrodn Aug 25 '14 at 19:47

If you use the Spotify desktop app, the media keys on OS X work by default (sometimes iTunes randomly "retains" the keys: just reboot). For the best results, don't keep iTunes and Spotify open at the same time.

If you use the Spotify Web Player, you can enable the media keys using BeardedSpice, a free application which enables you to control web-based media players using you keyboard media keys. It also works for YouTube, for example.

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iTunes killed but media keys didn't work. I solved using bowtie – Rampo Aug 25 '14 at 22:29
This is an answer. BeardedSpice is awesome. Thank you. – Paschalis Jul 11 '15 at 17:09
Works great in Yosemite (10.10.4) – Andrew Macheret Jul 15 '15 at 20:34
Link to BeardedSpice looks like spam now. – Neil Monroe Mar 25 at 19:09
Ugh. I changed it to the new developer's site on GitHub. – pietrodn Mar 26 at 9:14

I've found this helper application : Magic Keys ; Graciously written in a generic way by the creator of the Gear music player.

iTunes still sometimes pops us when using a Bluetooth control however, but it's minimal and non-intrusive and works well otherwise.

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This is a great solution. Thanks! – Neil Monroe Mar 25 at 19:12

You can download Bowtie. Although the developers have stopped developing this app, you can still use it to control Spotify, Rdio, and iTunes with media keys.

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Ok, bowtie worked, but I had to use fn+media keys because them alone didn't work – Rampo Aug 25 '14 at 22:28
Head over System Preferences » Keyboard and make sure you don’t use F1, F2, etc as standard keys. – sayzlim Aug 26 '14 at 4:24

The keys didn't work for me on OSX10.10, while they normally do. I launched and quit iTunes. After that, Spotify responded to the media keys again. Even play/pause without launching iTunes. This may be because I tweaked OS X to stop launching iTunes when pressing play/pause (I can't remember for sure.)

Pressing play/pause on a headset does still launch iTunes.

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You can go into System Preference - Users&Groups - Login Items, then disable iTune and Spotify at startup, restart, then start Spotify which triggers Spotify helper to take priority control of the media keys ... Good luck !!!

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If iTunes is not running, the media keys will work. I just tried it and it works on my Mac.

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