As my family grows I find I don’t have the control over life that I once thought I had. Thank the digital gods for my Mac, where I am the master of my domain, the captain of my soul.
I control the apps. My love and hate relationship with iTunes is manageable in part thanks to an inexpensive Mac app that brings music control to my Mac’s Menubar. Look Ma, I sees, I clicks, I controls.
Rein In The iTunes Beast
While I’m on my Mac, iTunes is blasting away, partially to drown out the sound of toys breaking, little girls screeching afoot, and dogs barking at the fire truck in the driveway.
I’m in control of what plays in iTunes thanks to SmashTunes.
It’s a handy dandy nifty spiffy Mac Menubar app that controls iTunes.
At least, it controls those aspects of iTunes that are important. What song is playing? SmashTunes has it in the Menubar. That includes song, artist, album, duration, and rating.
Ah, the rating system. I’m an American. We rate everything from movies to chocolates to wine to politicians to whiter teeth to bad sports plays (Michelle Beadle, I love you!). SmashTunes lets you change the rating of a song without digging into iTunes. All controlled from the Menubar.
Did I mention keyboard shortcuts?
Your mouse and keyboard are elements of adult control. You click the mouse, something happens. You press a key or keystroke combinations and you expect specific functions to happen.
SmashTunes gives you keyboard shortcuts to control iTunes.
Not only can you change the rating of a song on the fly, while the song is playing, but you can do it from the keyboard.
Think about the power this gives you. You’ve got a really bad day going, and that irritating brat Justin Bieber song is playing and you’re ready to move his sorry song from four stars to one star.
You have the power in your fingers. You don’t even have to take your eyes from the screen.
Click, click, click, done. SmashTunes is that powerful, that elegant, that enabling.
You can also set keyboard shortcuts for Play, Pause, Next, Previous and more, making it easy to skip past a song that reminds you of why married life isn’t what it’s smashed up to be.
SmashTunes stays in the background and won’t bother you until you open up iTunes. What’s missing? The album art display is OK, but I would really, really like the ability to jump from one playlist to another. Other than that, it’s an easy and inexpensive way to put more control in your life.