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Ok so I use iTunes to play my music and I am using Quicksilver triggers to control it even when it is not in focus. I am wondering if there is anyway to have Quicksilver, or Growl or any program really to show me a little popup of the song now playing when it first comes on.
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Right click its icon in the Dock. It'll pop up a menu with which you can control it, and it will tell you what's playing.
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thanks for the answer. I know I can do that but I'm looking for something more like this



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You Control Tunes has a feature that displays the current song for about 10 seconds wherever you want on the screen. Plus it's free.
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Ok so I use iTunes to play my music and I am using Quicksilver triggers to control it even when it is not in focus. I am wondering if there is anyway to have Quicksilver, or Growl or any program really to show me a little popup of the song now playing when it first comes on.
Quicksilver and Growl play together swimmingly, and you can make them work together to display current track information on screen whenever the song changes. You've gotta configure both QS and Growl to do it, but I promise it's not daunting at all. Here's how:

Note first that you have to have the iTunes Module and the Growl Notifier Module loaded into Quicksilver, via its plugins list.

In Quicksilver's own preferences (invoke QS and press cmd-,), you'll want to go to Preferences > iTunes and make sure the "Monitor Recent Tracks" and "Display Track Notifications" checkboxes are active.

In your Growl preference pane, Quicksilver's Growl options include the ability to display the current playing track. You can find this option at System Preferences > Growl > Applications > Quicksilver > Configure > Notification: iTunes Notifcation. Play around with that to determine how the notifications will look.

Growl also has its own little extension called GrowlTunes which basically does the same thing, but on my setup I figured that since I use QS triggers to control playback, I might as well use QS to monitor the track information itself.

Hope this helps! I know it sounds confusing, but if you're already reasonably comfortable with QS, you should be able to find your way around the more thorny bits.
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Thanks I decided to go the growltunes route. it is exactly what I needed
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I've also been looking for a good way to display itunes notifications and this seems to finally be a good way of doing it but for some reason growl doesn't display quicksilver in its' applications list. Does anyone have an idea why?
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Once I turned this on as described above:

"In Quicksilver's own preferences (invoke QS and press cmd-,), you'll want to go to Preferences > iTunes and make sure the "Monitor Recent Tracks" and "Display Track Notifications" checkboxes are active."

Now I find that Quicksilver automatically pops up to show the current song when a new song starts.
Also activating Quicksilver and entering "Show Playing Track" displays it as well.

thanks for the tip joshbrez
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Anyone having a problem with QS preferences ????? I click on it and the preference window pop's up, but it is completely blank .... Any suggestions.
Uninstall and reinstall ???

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Edit : Doing a lil more searching i found OmniGrowl and you can download it HERE .....

OmniGrowl aims to provide many practical notifications through Growl in a single application.
OmniGrowl is also an expandable framework for sending Growl notifications for applications that do not natively support Growl.

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Notificatons for Address Book Birthdays
Notificatons of iTunes track changes
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Version 3.7: Whats new ........
Added option to check internet for iTunes artwork.
Above works even when not showing "full notifications" so it doesn't choke iTunes.
Added new iTunes script addition to add downloaded art to the current album in iTunes. This makes OmniGrowl a decent artwork finder in its own right.
Added new iTunes script plugin that can be triggered by iTunes track

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