Most of my day is devoted to work. That means working on my Mac. To help pass the time and keep me focused on the tasks at hand and not be distracted I have iTunes blaring away in my ear (headphones, not speaker).
That also means I’m on the lookout for iTunes tools which make it easier to control iTunes, check lyrics, view album art, and not get in my way while I work. The latest tool is pure shareware Tune•Instructor which brings a number of attractive functions to iTunes control.
Control Me, Baby!
First things first. Any iTunes controller worth time and effort must have a Menubar option (and a standalone app Dock option because the Menubar is getting crowded with utility apps).
Tune•Instructor lives in the Menubar. It’s a smallish controller with skip, play, pause controls, and a set of options for Last.fm, lyrics, and more.
Leave iTunes behind and just use the Tune•Instructor controls.
There’s even a one-click control to organize your iTunes library.
The tools include options for ID3-Tag management, change file names, search and add album artwork, manage lyric searches, and select specific playlists to run in Tune•Instructor.
Click on a tab to make changes.
For an app that takes up so little screen space Tune•Instructor has plenty of preferences. A slider bar manages track visibility when skipping a track or mousing over the controller.
Customize the controller and change keyboard shortcuts in Controller and Shortcuts. Tracks can be rated on the fly, and preferences allow you to setup your Last.fm account.
The controller itself is attractive and simple. One click brings it to the front.
Tune•Instructor in the Menubar displays controls, ratings, and gives you the one click option for preferences, including lyrics display (small window with scrollbars).
The app is shareware (donationware) and fully functional.