Say I want to have control over my music regardless of which app I have active on the front. I want the music controls exclusively.

This is just an example. I would like it to be possible for any app. Not just Music.

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In order to always show the “default” set of keys, like on older MacBooks, go to Settings > Keyboard.

Then find the Touch Bar shows control and set it to, Expanded Control Strip.

This way, the music controls are always in front.

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