Using the iTunes Album Art Widget: A Complete Guide

In the latest update of iTunes 10, Apple introduced a subtle yet handy feature for music enthusiasts. Now, when you play a song, you can double-click the album artwork at the bottom left of the iTunes window to separate it from the main interface.

This allows you to view the artwork in a larger format, a feature previously available but enhanced in this version. What’s particularly innovative this time around is the addition of QuickTime-like controls that appear when you hover over the enlarged artwork.

These controls let you manage your music playback directly from the artwork pop-up, without needing to revert to the main iTunes window. Additionally, this floating artwork window can be resized to your preference.

This enhancement not only improves usability but also incorporates elements from third-party applications like CoverSutra, which suggests Apple is keen on integrating popular features from external developers directly into its software.

Tj Luoma

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