While I’m slaving over a hot keyboard for the man, iTunes blasts select playlists into my head. Rather than being distracted from whatever app I’m using on the Mac at the moment, through the years I’ve added a few Mac Menubar apps to control iTunes. Here’s one you’ll like.
Click Menubar, Will Control
There’s not much to using Now Playing, an iTunes control app for the Menubar. Click, select, control, listen. That’s about it.
What you get with that click is exactly what you want. Well, almost exactly. There are a couple of features missing and I’ll mention those in a moment.
Now Playing displays a pop-down window from the Menubar which displays the song and artist playing at the moment, transport controls to pause, play, go backwards or forwards in the playlist.
There’s a simple slider control for volume, too. That’s handy. And, if there’s album art associated with the playing track, that gets displayed, too. Another slider bar above the transport controls moves the player’s position on the screen.
Each song can be rated with a click, and the ratings stick in iTunes for future reference. Here’s what it looks like hanging down from the Menubar.
That’s all well and good but Now Playing comes with more user friendly features, including a History List so you can view what’s played recently. There’s also Song Lyrics (if available in iTunes, but they’re editable). For Mac users on OS X Yosemite, there’s also a dark charcoal mode which looks cool.
Finally, Now Playing is a good social citizen with options to share details of what’s playing on your Mac with various and sundry social networks. What’s missing? Now Playing does not do iTunes Radio, and I cannot find a way to select specific playlists on the fly.
Other than that, it’s nicely done, inexpensive, and a pleasure to use.