Setting up Spotify to Work with the Built-in Apple Headphones Remote

spotify-generic I’ve always found it extremely annoying that the remote on the Apple headphones not only didn’t work with Spotify but also opened up iTunes every time I accidentally tried to use it to pause whatever song I was listening to. After Googling around for a couple of days with no luck, I managed to piece together a few separate posts on message boards that combined let me stop iTunes from opening anytime I tried to play/pause on the headphone remote as well as control Spotify. I’ve included all of the steps below, as well as download links to all of the files you’ll need to set it all up.

Step I – Stopping iTunes from Opening on Play/Pause
This was the easiest part to figure out and was on pretty much every site I came across. It boiled down to three main steps:

  1. Disable SIP:
    1. Restart your Mac.
    2. Hold down Command+R before OS X starts up. Release the keys once you see an Apple icon and progress bar.
    3. From the Utilities menu, select Terminal.
    4. In the command prompt, type: csrutil disable
  2. Download and run this DMG file.
  3. Re-Enable SIP:
    1. Restart your Mac.