Problems playing videos in iTunes’ Album Art Box

Q: I have been trying to get videos to play on iTunes since I discovered it was possible. My problem is that it will only play one before the video window goes away. The audio to the next video starts immediately, just as it would if it were only songs playing, but to get the video back, I have to highlight the next video on the list.

Is there a way to keep the video window up and not have to highlight the currently playing file every time?

– Anonymous

A: Yes, and here are two ways to fix your issue:

From the sound of your problem, it’s clear that you’re playing the video in the Album Art box in the bottom left of the main iTunes window. For starters, you can tell iTunes to instruct that box to do exactly what you want – pay attention to the “Now Playing” item instead of the “Selected” item. To toggle your iTunes’ behavior to “Now Playing,” simply click once on the small bar above the playing video that says “Selected Song.”

Alternatively, you can have iTunes launch videos in another window.

To do so, open iTunes’ Preferences, and under the “Advanced” tab, change “Play videos” to “in a separate window.”

Jerrod H. is an iLounge Contributing Editor, with frequent contributions to our iPod 101 and 201 tutorials, plus occasional hardware and software product reviews.