How to regain control of the iTunes and Spotify play keys in High Sierra macOS

macOS High Sierra ya está entre nosotros: esto es todo lo que tu Mac gana si actualizas.

If there’s one thing that attracted me to macOS (formerly OS X) when I migrated from Windows it was the function keys and their flawless reliability. No matter what app was running, the keys always did what was expected of them. With macOS High Sierra, Apple has modified the behavior of the play, pause, forward and backward keys traditionally used with iTunes or Spotify.

How to regain control of the iTunes and Spotify play keys in High Sierra macOS
How to regain control of the iTunes and Spotify play keys in High Sierra macOS

With this update, the company allows you to control different music or video playback sources. The problem is that sometimes that means doing it with YouTube videos or, worse, with video ads hidden on a web page. This can cause us to be listening to music, press the pause button and instead of stopping it an ad will start overlapping the song. Today we’ll see how to get it working again.

The idea behind this modification in the play and pause keys in macOS is not bad. It’s a way to have a universal control for any media playing on a Mac. The problem comes when you are used to a function that now acts differently.

If you want to recover the previous functionality, in 9to5Mac they have found an app that returns the previous behavior of the play keys in High Sierra macOS. This is the High Sierra Media Key Enabler, a timeless but free app that does just what you need.

You’ll need to download it and place it in the apps folder on your Mac, then run it. The catch is that displays an icon in the menu bar whenever it’s active, which not everyone will like. However, once you have it installed and running you’ll regain control of the play keys so you can use them with iTunes or Spotify.

This is the best solution to regain control of the iTunes and Spotify play keys, until Apple enables a

According to the developer, this app only works with physical function keys. MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is not yet supported . Another solution is to use the paid BetterTouchTools app (it has a 45 day trial period) and follow this tutorial.

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