Function keys for play/pause take minutes to take effect

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by joe-h2o, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    This is a bit of an odd one.

    My keyboard works just fine (apple bluetooth) with my iMac (27" late 2012, 10.9.1) - typing is rapid and responsive, all the keys work, etc. However, when I press the play/pause key (F8) iTunes ignores it for maybe 2 or 3 minutes and then processes the action as if it were just pressed. During this time the keyboard works fine - I can type just fine, operate the volume with the function keys, change the brightness etc. The system doesn't forget that I pressed the key to control iTunes, but it seems to be slow to respond. This is not manifest by the system slowing down though in any sense that I can tell - even iTunes behaves just fine during this (I can start and stop it with the mouse, change tracks etc).

    So, for example, I can have iTunes playing, press the key to pause it (nothing happens), then pause it manually by clicking, then have it magically start the track again a minute or so later when the button press is finally registered.

    I assume this is some issue with iTunes rather than the OS's handing of the keyboard input since that does not appear to be affected at all, especially since all the other function keys are instantly responsive all the time.

    I have no mods like sound flower or anything like that taking over the keys either.

    It's very strange.
  2. samiwas macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2006
    Atlanta, GA
    Your post is a few months old, but the exact same issue has cropped up on my MacBook. Now granted, my MacBook is possessed by all sorts of other demons, but this one has popped up recently.

    I first noticed it about two weeks ago. I pressed the button a few times because it wasn't registering. I finally went back and manually pressed the play button in iTunes. For the next half hour, iTunes stopped multiple times as it registered the presses.

    Just started it again today, which is what led me to this post.

    Very bizarre.
  3. joe-h2o thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    I solved this on my Mac - it only happens when Quicktime is open (but even then, only sometimes). Closing quicktime immediately cured the issue for me and freed up my media keys.

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