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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: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/58234/… –  pietrodn Aug 25 at 19:47

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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 at 22:28
    
Head over System Preferences » Keyboard and make sure you don’t use F1, F2, etc as standard keys. –  sayzlim Aug 26 at 4:24

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 at 22:29

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