Given the age of this question, and the fact that it's about the remote, I think there's merit in asking this again, and separately:

On a Mac keyboard the F8 key is also a play/pause button. By default, it controls iTunes. I would like to use it to control another program (specifically Vox)

  1. Is this possible?
  2. Is it possible without third-party software?

1 Answer 1


It's possible, but not without third-party software or scripting.

You can use the Vox preference pane to set this though:

Vox Preferences

(go to Vox → Preferences → Controls → Setup)

  • Very helpful, thank you! Great to get further away from iTunes.
    – asfallows
    Jan 9, 2014 at 19:55

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