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Play/pause keyboard button functionality w/ Decibel & iTunes

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:52 pm
by shawtimothy
I am new to using Decibel.

I'm noticing an interesting behavior with the keyboard play/pause key on my MacBook [OSX 10.6.8] :

1) The play/pause key will always play/pause iTunes if it is open, irrespective of whether it is the active window.
2) The play/pause key will ALSO play/pause Decibel if it is the active window.
3) If one of these players is currently playing a song while the other is paused, it will function as described in 1 & 2 above to enact the play/pause instruction, i.e. if Decibel is the active window, it will play the player that is paused, and pause the player that is currently playing a song. Which makes for an interesting effect!

The adjacent advance and back-up keys for navigating through a playlist function the same as 1 & 2 above.

I'm guessing this is intentional?

Cheers,
Timothy S

Re: Play/pause keyboard button functionality w/ Decibel & iT

Posted: Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:55 pm
by sbooth
Yes, this is mostly intentional. Apple basically steals the play/pause keys for iTunes, and while other apps can tap in to the key events, there is not an easy way to remove iTunes from the loop. I decided to have the play/pause keys only affect Decibel when it is the frontmost application because it seemed the best compromise.

Re: Play/pause keyboard button functionality w/ Decibel & iTunes

Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 7:41 am
by mitry
This is not compromise, just very annoying. Why in VLC always works correctly with this buttons even background and foreground?