When I lock my screen, sometimes it shows my iTunes library, other times it shows a screensaver, and other times it shows photos.

I don't want it to do any of these things, I'd like it to just show a black background or maybe a picture.

Is there a way to customize it?

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This is a system preference, and you change it in the Desktop & Screensaver pane of... System Preferences.

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  • I didn't know it was a screensaver. I'm used to Windows, where the Lock Screen and screensaver are two different things. Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 1:39
  • @bassplayer Album art won't show up if you pick a screensaver other than the “iTunes Artwork” one.
    – Cajunluke
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 3:00
  • dude honestly, the simplest google search would have told you about this...
    – Alexander
    Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 3:06
  • Oops (gulp), for some reason I thought we were talking about the iPhone. Sorry about that. Commented Mar 31, 2012 at 12:30

One option is to use the Lock Screen 2 app for macs to customize your lock screen. It costs only $1.99 (on sale now, regular $4.99) and you can make it look and behave identical to your iPhone/iPod-Touch/iPad lock screens. Here is a more detailed review of the app.

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