I’m usually too distracted by other work to remember to kick-off some music in the background. Usually because it’d mean launching iTunes, waiting for it to load, finding a playlist to start, and kicking it off. So here’s a single global hotkey to instantly load iTunes and start playing music. Here’s how:
- Get the Tools
Have a master AutoHotkey hotkey file and set PowerShell to autoload this little
iTunes.ps1library on PowerShell startup. With these two it makes it real easy to assign hotkeys to various iTunes commands.
- Create a “PlayHotkey” Playlist in iTunes
Create an iTunes a playlist to be kicked off when the hotkey is pressed. I’ve got mine set to shuffle unplayed tracks.
- Add AutoHotkey Line
What enables this line to be so simple is that there is a
itPlaylistfunction in the above
iTunes.ps1file that gets auto loaded as part of step 1.
; Play Music NOW with Win+Alt+P #!p:: Run powershell -command (itPlaylist('PlayHotkey')).PlayFirstTrack(),,Hide
Full script w other media hotkeys: MediaKeys.ahk
p.s. As an alternative, we could just launch Pandora instead:
#!p:: Run http://pandora.com