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Features of the new iTunes 11 MiniPlayer

As you start playing around with iTunes 11, don't forget that it ships with a completely updated MiniPlayer. Here's a quick guide to this great little tool.

Moving to and from the MiniPlayer

Look at the top-right corner of your iTunes browsing window. There you'll find the familiar full-screen toggle. Just to its left is a small rectangle-in-rectangle icon. Click this to transform the full iTunes window to the MiniPlayer version.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Once minimized, you can return to the full-sized browser by clicking the small rectangle under the X at the top-left corner.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Click "X" to close the browser without opening a new window.

Prefer to use the keyboard? Apple offers not one, but two keyboard shortcuts:

  • Command-Option-M toggles between full and minibrowser windows
  • Command-Option-3 opens and closes the minibrowser without affecting the main screen

Use the latter to open a new MiniPlayer without closing the main window.

Album Art

Click the album art to open the image in a separate window. The art offers full playback controls.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Playback Controls

Hover your mouse over the MiniPlayer to switch from the information view to playback controls. You'll find play/pause/track skip and AirPlay buttons.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Click on the circled chevron for more playback options, including the ability to rate a song or add it to your Up Next list.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Searching

Click on the magnifying glass to access the MiniPlayer search options. Results appear in the same window, so you can easily click the song you want to hear next.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

Up Next

iTunes' Up Next feature is also baked into the MiniPlayer. Click the list icon to the left of the search button. You'll see the next few tracks listed.

Click the time icon to see what you've already listened to (handy for answering "what was that song?" questions). Click clear to empty that history or remove items from your upcoming queue. This allows you to finish playback after the current song finishes.

The new iTunes 11 minibrowser and you

The MiniPlayer's a great new window with a great set of features. Found something we missed? Drop a note in the comments and share!

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