How Can I Make My Foot Pedal Operate in iTunes?

by Alice Godfrey

The iTunes program plays music or videos from a library that is stored on the hard drive. To make a foot pedal control a function of iTunes, rather than pressing one of the controls, install a program that interacts between the pedal and the program's controls. A number of these free programs are available for download.

Items you will need

  • iTunes
Step 1

Plug the USB cable attached to the foot pedal into one of the USB ports on the computer. Click the red "X" in the upper-right corner of the "Found New Hardware" pop-up window when it appears.

Step 2

Download an iTunes plug-in for the foot pedal. Double-click the file once it is downloaded to decompress it to a program on the desktop. Double-click the program to launch it. Follow the menu prompts of the installer program to install the plug-in into the iTunes program. Quit the installer once it states that it is completed. Restart the computer.

Step 3

Click "Start." Select "iTunes" from the "All Applications" menu. Click "View" at the top of the iTunes main program's screen. Select the foot pedal plug-in from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Configure the settings on the window that appears so as to enable the foot pedal to control iTunes; for example, clicking the check box to activate the "Play" button if a left click on the foot pedal is enacted.

Step 5

Click the "Apply" button on the window when done with the configuring. Close the window by clicking the red "X" button in the upper-right corner. Quit iTunes. Launch iTunes again to use the foot pedal to control it.

Tips & Warnings

  • The installation requires compatibility between the foot pedal and the program if the two are to work with each other.

About the Author

Alice Godfrey is a marketing analyst with more than 15 years of experience in her field. She holds a Ph.D. in social and personality psychology. Past positions include market research analyst at various advertising agencies and corporations. Her articles on a wide variety of issues relating to entertainment have appeared in numerous trade publications.