Others can play the same game. How do you listen to music on your Mac? iTunes, right? It’s the de facto standard for most of us. Here’s a clever little Mac app that plays your iTunes music library without iTunes, and adds a couple of unique twists you’ll like.
Enter The Music Pub
To be honest about it, Music Pub is just a cleverly designed music player for your Mac in the form of a nice dark brew with a healthy head and the necessary buttons to be called a player.
If it did nothing else, Music Pub might have a long life on the Mac because of the clever name and well designed app icon that floats on the Mac’s screen.
The brew’s glass displays the number of stars in the playing song’s ratings.
The standard buttons make it easy to navigate to the next or previous song in a playlist, or pause a song, or go into shuffle mode.
So, there’s volume controls, Repeat, Shuffle, Play, Pause, Play Next, Play Previous, and a playlist grabber. The progress bar displays how much of the song has played.
Ah, but there’s even more going on in Music Pub.
Within the player, Music Pub displays associated album artwork.
And, get this– it displays the song’s lyrics in a sidebar popup window; ostensibly, so you can sing along while drinking.
Music Pub has a few other options, too, including one that lets you rate the song on the fly (and it updates the rating within iTunes).
You can tweet whatever you’re listening to on Twitter (where else do you tweet?). Control the app’s transparency or display Always On Top (everyone likes to be on top).
And, there are options to navigate by artist, song, album, and genre, but you can also search for music by song, album, and artist. Music Pub is well done and more fun that using plain old ordinary iTunes.