Also fortunate is that I’m allowed to play music on my Mac while I work. It helps me focus. My tech support husband requires absolute silence while he works, so, different strokes for different folks, right? Here’s a new way I found to control iTunes on my Mac.
Stop At The BarTunes
It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with Apple’s built-in iTunes controls. iTunes can be shrunk down to a floating player with controls.
Plus, the Mac lets you control some aspects of iTunes with keyboard controls. But what if you want to rate a song, or view album artwork?
For that there’s BarTunes. It’s a free Mac utility for iTunes. It lives in the Mac’s Menubar so it’s accessible from within any app you may be using at the time.
It doesn’t do much, which explains the free price tag, but what it does is about all you need if you use your Mac and want to listen to music at the same time.
Click the Menubar icon to Play, Pause, move to Next or Previous songs, view the currently playing song’s album artwork, rate the current song, or view the song title, artist name, or album name.
BarTunes is simple to learn, easier to use, and just works. I’d pay 99-cents if it had a way to select a specific playlist from iTunes, or could bring up an audio Podcast without having to switch to iTunes.