Did you like iTunes 9? Well then you will love iTunes 10 because it comes with many updated features. If you are not very happy about the recent update because you think you may have to re-learn the software, not to worry because these suggestions below will help you along the way. If you are a music lover like me, then your iTunes Library is probably used often. So having it customized to fit your style and learning easy steps is a must.

# 1: “Now Playing” Notification

If you are using Mac OS X Lion, you can enable the “Now Playing” notification for your iTunes. When iTunes is on and playing through your list, a small icon will appear over the iTunes icon on the Dock. This will tell you the artists name and song for a few seconds and then it will fade away. To enable this setting you will need to follow a few steps below.

  • Open Terminal, located in your Applications/Utilities folder
  • Copy and paste the following line

“defaults write com.apple.dock itunes-notifications -bool YES”

You will need to restart the Doc, by typing “killall Dock” into the Terminal and the press Return. You can also disable the notifications, with the above commands and then replace the “yes” with “no”.

# 2: Delete Duplicates

iTunes has another great feature that allows you to display any duplicate music files in your iTunes Library and then you can delete them. This is called the “Display Duplicates” option and it’s located in the File menu.  iTunes will only define duplicates if the song name and artist are the same. You can make iTunes be a little more strict about finding duplicates by holding down the Option key before selecting the menu item.  You will see “Display Exact Duplicate.” This will allow you to find more the true duplicates in your iTunes Library.

# 3: Make Those Close, Minimize and Zoom Buttons Horizontal

You may have not even noticed this change, but iTunes 10 now rotated the red, yellow and green control buttons to save space. Many people do not like the new look and prefer the older style look. If you are one of these people, then the command below will get you the style back.

  • Open up Terminal
  • Type “defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1”
  • Then quit and reopen iTunes.
  • If you want to go go back to the new vertical style, type: “defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -0”

# 4: Create Ringtones For Free!

Creating ringtones no longer comes with a 99 cent fee. Now you are able to to use the same method, but get the ringtone for free. The following steps will break down how to turn your favorite song in your iTunes Library into a ring tone.

  • You will need to locate the song that you want to use as your ringtone
  • Listen to the song and find the start and end times in the song that you want to be your ringtone
  • Right click the file and press “Get Info” then press the Options tab
  • Enter the start and end times and press OK
  • Right click on the song and then choose “Create AAC version.” This will create a copy of the song, but only the snippet you choose
  • Delete the new copy (Make sure click “Keep File”)
  • Navigate to Finder and go to your Music folder and the your iTunes music. Find the file you created
  • Change the file extension from “m4a” to “m4r”
  • Double click to add it back to iTunes as ringtone

# 5: Remove Sidebar Icons

The colorless icons are not all that appealing on the iTunes 10 sidebar. Luckily these little eye sores can be removed altogether to give your sidebar a more organized and cleaner look. To remove the icons got to iTunes Preference and uncheck “Show source icons” under the General tab.

These 5 new features will give you a head start on enhancing and personalizing your iTunes Library. iTunes is one of the hardest working apps on your Mac, so you should have it working to your benefit.

50 Melisse Deering


Melisse Deering is a trained Mac expert as well as a passionate Mac user. She quickly realized the significance of Mac’s user friendliness and advanced features, motivating her to become an avid user and sequentially an expert.