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I have a set of earphones with full inline controls (mic, play/pause, vol up/down) but they only seem to work with iTunes (and I'm not sure the mic works at all).

How can I make them work with VLC/Spotify?

share|improve this question… I haven't tested this but it's a good place to start. – Tony Jan 7 '13 at 20:22
For the record the Play/Pause on the Apple Remote and the function keys on the keyboard work fine with VLC (10.8 Mountain Lion, MacBook Pro with Retina display). The problem is only when using the controls on the Apple EarPods. – Krinkle Mar 17 '13 at 16:27

It's an old question, but I've founded a partial solution to remove the automatic launch of iTunes:

More info and source code here:

It's better than nothing

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Don't how it went, but some have played around with the earphones driver on mac, to try to make it work with Spotify:

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There is a small app that remaps bluetooth headset controls to media keys (those on the keyboard). Fixes this bug on Yosemite with Spotify, VLC, Amazon Cloud Player.

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unfortunately if the mic isn't causing the right response from Spotify, it must have only been programmed to work with iTunes. did they work on Windows, or is there any other reason for you to expect them to work?

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