How To Control iTunes With Keyboard Shortcuts Using iControl


Everyone knows that iTunes can’t be controlled with keyboard. There are many apps that add keyboard control functionality but they suffer from poor interface. iControl is a free, simple, and easy-to-use remote control for Apple’s iTunes that uses Global keyboard shortcuts to control it. It is still under development and the version available for download is Beta.

Surprisingly it worked very well on my system running Windows Vista. Just run iControl.exe and it will load iTunes instantly. Once iTunes is loaded, press Ctrl+Alt+Shift+F12 to bring iControl settings window.

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Here you can change the shortcuts(by clicking the link ‘Let me change shortcuts’) to anything that suits you best. To Play/Pause any song you can make the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+P, to stop a song you can make it Ctrl+Alt+S, etc. Once done, click ‘OK, I am done’ link and click OK. When a song is played you will see the information window(see screenshot below).

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It also shows when you control the playback of any song.

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Here are some features of iControl:

  • Controlling iTunes using global keyboard hooks
  • Customizable keyboard shortcuts
  • Showing songs’ Artwork, Title, Album Name and Artist Name
  • Showing a message when playback is stopped or paused
  • Automatically closing when iTunes is closed
  • Quick song selection (Gives ability to easily search and select a song from current playlist)

More features will be released in full version, but if you can’t wait then go ahead and give it a try. Enjoy!