Replace iTunes Dock Icon With ‘Now Playing’ Album Art

Posted in How To, Mac on 21/11/2011 by J. Glenn Künzler


If you want to add some excitement to your dock, or perhaps are irrationally angered by the round blue iTunes icon, OS X Daily shares a neat tip on how to replace your iTunes icon with art for whichever album you’re currently listening to.

This trick uses a free iTunes plugin called DockArt to do it’s work, and requires iTunes 10.4 or later. Here’s how to set it up:

  • Download DockArt for free from the developers page
  • Quit iTunes
  • From the OS X Desktop, hit Command+Shift+G to bring up the “Go To Folder” window and enter the following directory path: ~/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-Ins/
  • Drag the ‘DockArt.bundle’ file into that folder
  • Relaunch iTunes and start playing a song

DockArt supports more customization as well, including the ability to adjust the size of the icon, display a progress bar, and more. You can check out the original article over at OS X Daily.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.