iPhone Headphones and the MacBook Pro

So I'm working on my MacBook Pro and listening to music with my iPhone headphones connected to the computer.  I take a break and happen to look down and see the buttons on the headphone and begin to wonder if they will control iTunes on my MacBook.  I decide to give it a try and son of a gun, they work. The upper and lower buttons control the volume. One click of the middle button paused the music. Two clicks and I was listening to the next song. Three clicks and I was back to the previous song.  

I thought I had made the discovery of the year. I was ready to go online and spread the word and show the world my genius. I was ready for the accolades to start coming in. Fame was mine!

It turns out that I'm not the first.  I did a little research before I made a fool of myself.  Someone else had discovered this. Apparently the microphone also works.

Anyway, I thought that if I didn't know this there might be others out there that could use this information.

Please tell me I wasn't the only one out there who was clueless.

 

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I am a former teacher who has always loved anything to do with tech. I currently tweet, blog and copy edit for iPhone Life magazine.