I’ve never quite understood why this isn’t shipped with Mac. Spotlight is amazing but Apple is not building on it.
The least they could do, though, is add music controls. People listen to music every day, all the time — hell, Macs even ship with hardware keys for controlling the music!
iOS shows the currently playing media and music controls in the control center, in a way Spotlight is the rough equivalent on desktop. Or could be.
Here’s a quick animation draft, Spotlight needs to appear super fast but adding a simple transition wouldn’t hurt.
I might play around with it some more in Principle or build a web proto on a lazy Sunday, although anyone probably gets the idea from a screenshot (and there’s a wealth of Spotlight alternatives out there).