14 Replies Latest reply: Dec 20, 2015 8:30 PM by IntergalacticMegatron
eslam86 Level 1 Level 1
itunes keyboard shortcuts play pause not working, i have to use on screen option
anybody know whats wrong? plzzzzz

macbook air late 2010, Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3
    have you changed the fn key functions? Both f7 and the spacebar should work to play/pause while you are in itunes.
  • eslam86 Level 1 Level 1
    i don't think i have changed but in case i've changed by mistake, how can i make it work again? thanks
  • slumbermachine Level 1 Level 1
    Mine stopped working also. It seems to have happened after I did the last update which included the app store and I installed soundcloud from the app store. It turns out soundcloud takes over the keyboard music controls.

    So the solution is to close any program(s) that may be usurping the normal keyboard music controls.
  • mandibal_00 Level 1 Level 1
    Perfect! I closed soundcloud and it worked. Cheers for that.
  • eslam86 Level 1 Level 1
    i think it happened with me after last apple iphoto and some other included updates by any way i've uninstalled soundcloud from my system but still not working, any help please. thanks
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3
    Go to system preferences > keyboard > and make sure that you did NOT check the box to use as standard function keys. If you did, then the itunes keys and other special keys will not work as desired. UNcheck that option!
  • eslam86 Level 1 Level 1
    it's unchecked already, i tried to restore defaults but still not working. thanks for helping me
  • eslam86 Level 1 Level 1
    strangely i have just found out my motorola bluetooth headphone functions (play, pause and next) is not working either, now its clear it caused by itunes, i checked itunes preferences but cant find anything unusual
  • jeehtoven Level 1 Level 1

    This worked for me. Thank you sir.

  • Eugenio40 Level 1 Level 1

    Sudenley I'm also having this problem on my MacBook Pro . I've made sure that the box of standart function key is unchecked.

    Also I've noticed that the missfunction problem is "only" occures with itunes and quick time (main media players on mac), which doesn't respond to play,pause, next and  previous buttons at all. But applications like VLC player DOES Respond to to those keyboard buttons. I'd like to mantion that all other special function buttons are functioning (brightness, dashboard, volume ect.)

    I'm always installing the newest updates for the OS (maybe one of them have caused this problem?).


    Hope to find a solution soon because I found those shortcuts very usfull and i use them all the time, so this issue is desruptive to the daily use.

  • Eu sou meu e ninguem tasca!!! Level 1 Level 1

    Hello! I have a mid 2010 iMac and the keyboard works fine except the buttons play / pause, forward and back. I've been in System Preferences> Keyboard and change the options and nothing worked. I even re-install the Lion from the System Recovery, but I suspect the problem is with the 10.7.2 update, because before that everything worked!

    Can anyone help? Thank you.

  • larsobond Level 1 Level 1

    Try mikebw's answer here should resolve your problem




    Cheers larsomat

  • Steve4255s Level 1 Level 1

    This only works if iTunes is primary function on desktop; before upgrade I could pause my music while desktop was asleep, now I must wake desktop and click in mini window to function pause. Volume works ok.

  • IntergalacticMegatron Level 1 Level 1

    So I had this issue, too. SlumberMachine's post about SoundCloud peeked my interest. I didn't have that app installed, but when I closed Chrome, I have the google play music extension installed, that solved my problem. I opened up Chrome again and the function immediately stopped working. I uninstalled that extension, and now I'm up and running.