When I’m working on my computer and listening to some music, I’ll usually set iChat’s status message to ‘Current iTunes Song’ so those on my buddy list can see what I’m listening to.
This does just that, displays the song title only. I wanted it to also display the artist name, and the fact that it’s what was currently playing in iTunes (otherwise it would appear that I’m just promoting a certain artist and song to the world).
iChatAgent.plist and open it in Property List Editor or a text editor. If you don’t have Property List Editor installed, I’d highly reccommend doing so. It can be found on your Tiger or Leopard install disc, in the Developer folder.
Find the entry called ‘iTunesMessageFormat‘ and change it to whatever you want. By defualt, it should say %Track. I made mine say Listening to: %Artist – %Track to show that I’m currently listening to a certain artist and their song. I’m not 100% sure what other fields will work, but I’d assume things like %Album %Year %Genre %Playlist etc would work.