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What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 30, 2016 05:41AM
About a month or so ago I was multi-tasking. I decided to bring up some background music and ended up with a small uneditable and undeletable iTunes mini window, a window that will only play Fats Domino's rendition of When the Saints Come Marching In.

It's a nice jazz tune, one I like to hear from time to time but not to the extent it should override anything else and sit on my iMac screen like a good date but one you'd prefer to go on from.

I suspect I could rid myself of this nuisance by rebooting but that would mean reconstituting much of the ongoing stuff that OSX allows me to clog my OS with.

How do I rid myself of this tiny window, sans a reboot?
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: DP
Date: July 30, 2016 06:22AM
Are you saying you never restart and you always sleep your machine? I never go more than a couple of weeks without restarting. It clears out caches and and prefs. I think it helps speed up my iMac and keeps it safer from internet attacks. Other opinions?



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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: July 30, 2016 06:56AM
What iTunes version are you using????

EDIT: Google "iTunes Mini Player" and select the version you need.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2016 07:11AM by WHiiP.
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: MrNoBody
Date: July 30, 2016 07:12AM
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DP -
...It clears out caches and and prefs...

prefs? Are you saying a restart deletes .plist files in:
'/Users/username/Library/Preferences/' ?

Don't think so. Caches maybe, but regular UNIX maintenance routines
run in the background anyway so a restart is not necessary.

You could use Cocktail or Onyx if you're unsure of the built-in routines.



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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: July 30, 2016 07:17AM
In the main iTunes window, go to Controls.
Scroll down to Repeat.
See if you've inadvertently selected "One"

You should be able to close the mini-window by just clicking on the "x" in the upper left.
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: July 30, 2016 07:42AM
Don't our macs default to reopening everything from the previous session on reboot anyway? What might you have going that wouldn't pick up where you left it? At any rate, it seems silly to be adverse to doing the number one troubleshooting tip that's going to get brought up for just about any malady you could think of in modern (or ancient) computing. It's going to have to happen eventually. Bite the bullet. Of course, I guess that window could pop up playing again as well, but then most everything else should be there too.

Or, force quit iTunes?



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2016 07:45AM by BernDog.
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: July 30, 2016 08:53AM
Since you don't want to reboot....

CMD-OPT-ESC to force quit the app.
If it isn't iTunes, then quit whatever app it is.
If that isn't apparent, start it playing and bring up activity monitor, find what is running and quit it. Then locate that application and trash it (use Appcleaner to get all of it)



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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: July 30, 2016 09:08AM
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RgrF
How do I rid myself of this tiny window, sans a reboot?

Command+Shift+M



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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: RgrF
Date: July 30, 2016 10:18AM
Yes! I do run the main Mac forever without a reboot.

I use it and abuse it with anywhere from 15 to 30 windows running on 3 or 4 different browsers at a time. If it were a spouse or child, I'd be in jail and rightfully so.

iTunes 12.1.50 and from what I've seen so far, it's looking like I'll need to bite the bullet and start over. None of this gives me a clue about how I created this little nuisance to begin with.

Odd thing is it shows and plays the song but with no attributable app or ability to drag shift or quit anything. If I'm in Word and click on it, it will play and show Word as the app, in Chrome the same, if I'm decrepitly browsing in Camino (don't ask) it remains the same.

Before you all get on my case, I've already confessed to being an OSX abuser and am considering going into a 12 step program.

I'll reboot to get rid of the quirk but I'll end up doing that without ever knowing how I gave life to the little punk.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2016 10:50AM by RgrF.
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: BernDog
Date: July 31, 2016 07:41AM
You're confusing OS X abuse and self abuse (no, not that kind). Your computer doesn't care. It just may eventually develop issues, like songs in windows that won't stop playing.
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Re: What did I do and how did I do it?
Posted by: mrlynn
Date: July 31, 2016 10:00PM
I usually let my late-'09 iMac sleep, as it does a clone at night after I go to bed, but occasionally at some random time it will lock up and not wake from a daytime nap, so reboots are then necessary.

I am impressed, Roger, that your Mac (whichever it is) can run all that stuff endlessly without at some point complaining.

Maybe that's what it's doing now.

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