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buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

Since upgrading to Mountain Lion on my Mid 2010 MBP, I've not been able to use Quick Look as I've grown accustomed.  For example, with music files I used to see the embedded album artwork as the icon for each file and when mousing over it I would get a "play" button, allowing it to play w/o opening iTunes.  But now, all music icons are the standard itunes variety and the play button is no longer available. 


I did not realize how much I used this feature until I couldn't use it anymore! Yes, I can select a file and hit the space bar and the file plays in a Quick Look window but it's not the same.  Forget the album art icons... I'd be happy just to get my play button back!


I've already reinstalled Moutain Lion and checked all settings. Is this just not a feature not offered anymore in the new OS or...


Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mountain Lion, 2.53 GHz i5; 8 GB DDR3
  • leroydouglas Level 6 (17,837 points)

    Where are these music files located, in your itunes library or outside the library?

  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)


    I have all my music on my local HD and backups on an external USB HD.


    Wierd thing is, Quick Look is working for everything else (PDFs and such), just not for music files of any kind, whether downloaded from iTunes or ripped from CDs.

  • rack0 tack0 Level 4 (2,595 points)

    In Finder select View/Show View Option/

    increase the Icon size to 64x64 this will give you the play button back.


    I have not tested this out fully, just with a few files on my desktop but if the icon size is less than 64x64 the play button is not shown

  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    My icons are already set to 92x92, system wide. I've even increased them to bigger sizes and still no play button.

  • rack0 tack0 Level 4 (2,595 points)

    On the same Finder option select the Show Icon Preview option tick box, if that is not selected the play button does nor show on any icon size.

  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    That is and has always been ticked. Still a no-go.


    Like I said previously, Icon Preview/QL works for everything except music files.

  • rack0 tack0 Level 4 (2,595 points)

    I may be misunderstanding your problem. This is my setup.

    Mid 2010 MBP 10.8 OSX. Music files that I have put on my desktop have the play button available when the icon size is above 64x64 and the show preview is selected.


    If this is not the problem you have then my aplologies for the previous posts, if this does not work on your system  then it is not a general ML problem but something specific to your setup.


    Did you do a clean install or and upgrade? If my system works as you want yours to and you did an upgrade you can try moving the Finder.plist file to the desktop and restarting Finder, that should create a new .plist file and you may need to adjust the icon sizes again.


    Other than that I am out of ideas.



  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    Yeah, I upgraded from Lion.

    I deleted the plist files and restarted the system... didn't work.

    Guess I'll try the clean install.

  • rack0 tack0 Level 4 (2,595 points)

    I had a try with the standard Finder window in my iTunes folders and and these work just like my desktop,i.e. icons size greater than 64x64 and show preview selected and the play button is shown.


    sorry I could not be of help.



  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok, I performed a clean install... after 2 days it just started working!!!??? Didn't work immediately but...


  • AA101 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi buccitty


    I am having the same issues with itunes artwork not showing up in the finder. I need your advice.


    Did it finally work after clean install?

    If so, how did you clean install since Mountain Lion is a download install?

    I have already backed up a download version of Mountain Lion on a external hard drive.


    Thanks for your help.

  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's a link on how to clean install Mountain Lion:


    Be warned, after I performed the clean install the icon/play button still did NOT work immediately.  But after a day or so it began to.  I do not know why.

  • AA101 Level 1 (0 points)


    Does this wipe my current drive on my MBP, or does it install a new system on my already existing files?

    I dont' have the time to set up all my software and files again.

  • buccfitty Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, it wipes the HD. But you can restore your current settings, apps, etc. from a Time Machine backup.

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