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MacBook Pro touchbar media keys control Spotify playback of non-active login account

MacBook Pro touchbar media keys control Spotify playback of non-active login account

Plan

Duo

Country

USA

 

Device

MacBook Pro 13-inch 2020, four Thunderbolt 3 ports

Operating System

macOS Catalina 10.15.6

 

My Question or Issue

My wife and I both have login accounts on my MacBook Pro. She had left Spotify running on her login account (in the background as I used my login account), and was actively using Spotify on her iMac. We noticed sometimes the media keys on the MacBook Pro touchbar would control playback of her Spotify on her iMac, rather than playback of my Spotify on the MacBook Pro; i.e., touching play/pause on the touchbar would play/pause the music on her computer rather than mine. When we quit Spotify on her inactive login account on the MacBook Pro, the behavior stopped, and the media keys only affected my Spotify.

 

Somehow the Spotify instance in the inactive background account was intercepting the touchbar media keys and controlling her Spotify playback on a different computer.

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