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Can iTunes play with lid closed?

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iachieve Calculating status...
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Aug 16, 2009 8:49 PM
I am a newbie, so please excuse me if this sounds like a dumb question. I just moved from Windows world (after using it for 25 years) to MacBook Pro about 4 months ago.

I am using AiportExpress to stream music from iTunes to 3 different audio system throught my home. I would like play iTunes to play the music even when my MacBook lid is closed. I can't seem to get this work. Seems like such a basic function. Is it possible to play iTunes with lid closed? What am I missing?
MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Aug 16, 2009 9:12 PM (in response to iachieve)
    Unless you have an external monitor connected to your MacBook, it will sleep (e.g. not do anything) with the lid closed. This is to prevent overheating.
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Aug 17, 2009 10:22 AM (in response to iachieve)
    this should be user-customizable feature, not Apple-enforced decision.

    If Apple were to allow it with a setting and the user burned up the computer, then it would have to be covered under warranty, which it isn't.
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,185 points)
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    Aug 17, 2009 10:35 AM (in response to iachieve)
    You can indeed play iTunes with the lid closed; it's just that the system will automatically sleep when you close the screen and you have to wake it back up. There are two ways:

    1) have an external monitor, keyboard and mouse connected. You can then wake the system from the keyboard.

    2) I've been told that if you run Front Row before you close the lid, you can use an Apple Remote to wake the system and play iTunes. Not having a MacBook I haven't tried this myself, nor do I know if this will work with Airtunes.
    iMac 2.8 Core 2 Duo 24" 4GB ATI 2600, Mac OS X (10.5.8), PowerMac G5 2.0GHz DP, Dell w/ Windows Vista Unlimited SP2, several others VM
  • iHarley Calculating status...
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    Aug 17, 2009 11:07 AM (in response to iachieve)
    I've used InsomniaX to disable sleeping. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22211
    MacBook Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (73,395 points)
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    Aug 17, 2009 1:29 PM (in response to iachieve)
    If I have to keep the MacBook open to keep running iTunes, wouldn't I run the same risk of BURNING (like you said)?

    No, it would not be the same risk since keeping the cover open should help prevent it from overheating. If it does overheat and damage the computer while the lid is open, it should be covered by warranty.
    -> Apple Portables: How to use your computer in closed clamshell (display closed) mode with an external display
    "You can use your MacBook in lid closed mode if the computer is connected to an external display, keyboard, and mouse."
    Suggestions here -> Apple Product Feedback
    iMac G5 (Rev B) ALS - 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), silver mini, blue mini, silver shuffle
  • iHarley Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 17, 2009 2:02 PM (in response to iachieve)
    I guess I'm not understanding why you can't use the little piece of software that I posted earlier (InsomniaX) to do this... But ok.
    MacBook Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.5.8)
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    Sep 27, 2009 3:37 PM (in response to iHarley)
    Is it still the case that with Macbooks not, you're not supposed to run with laptop closed, external keyboard and monitor?? It works by default now, whereas I can recall having lots of issues with the Powerbook G4 when I tried.

    My only problem is this: normally a Macbook won't go to sleep if media (Quicktime/iTunes) is playing. With this external display setup, and the laptop's own display off, this is not the case. So I play Beethoven's 3th symphony, go to read, and halfway through, the music stops, because the laptop decided to sleep.

    Anyone know a way around this issue?
    MacBook 2.16GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • Jeremy42 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 27, 2009 3:51 PM (in response to iachieve)
    Update to my previous post, I think it's a non-issue on Apple's end.

    (Here's why: my speakers are my monitor, ie, I have an audio out to my monitor, which has speakers and audio in. So when my macbook puts my monitor to sleep, this also ends its ability to do its audio functions. Maybe that's natural for monitor speakers. Maybe ASUS *****. Either way, not an OSX/Macbook issue, I think)
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • jjjjjoost Calculating status...
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    Feb 3, 2010 2:14 AM (in response to iachieve)
    Chris CA,

    Can you explain to me what the difference for overheating is,
    When I play itunes 24/7 in two situations

    1- when an external display, keyboard and mouse are connected, and the lid is closed.
    2- when nothing is connected, and the lid is closed.

    Because in the first situation, itunes keeps playing, and in the second is stops playing because that situation could overheat.... And that, while in my view, the macbook has to do the same thing. Or do you think the sceens backlighting would stay on with the lid closed without a display attached?

    Parently, Mac is the only supplier of notebooks that have this issue (because that's what it is)
  • drkztan Calculating status...
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    Jun 27, 2010 4:14 PM (in response to jjjjjoost)
    the overheating problem comes from the fact that most on the ventilation (older macbooks, i don't know about actual ones, although i think the same applies) on the macbooks come from the keyboard holes. yes you read that right. so when you close the lid and it is running, it does the same work, with much less fresh air.
    macbook pro 15 inch core i5, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • ana2083 Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2010 7:17 AM (in response to iHarley)
    Thanks for the InsomniaX tip - just installed it and a few seconds later, I was able to keep music playing with the lid closed!
    Mac OS X (10.4)
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