My parents are still into radio and haven’t adopted an iTunes mentality. Yet. For those of us glued to our Macs and slaving over a hot keyboard all day there are choices for what music we listen to and when. Lots of choices. Here’s an app that makes using iTunes fun and easy and doesn’t take up valuable screen real estate.
It’s A Generation Thing
For what it’s worth, the iTunes generation is aging just as rapidly as every other generation, including my parents. They just had a head start. Both parents use a Mac and both have some music on iTunes, but since they’re not of the generation that totes their Macs everywhere, iTunes on Mac is less used.
Plus, iTunes on a Mac is confusing and complicated for almost everyone. Me? I’m on my Mac eight to 10 hours a day (job, job, and more job) and iTunes comes along with the ride. That brings me to Cockatoo for iTunes.
This cleverly designed app is an iTunes controller the likes of which you’ve probably not seen. In fact, you can’t see it. Cockatoo hides on one side of the Mac’s screen or the other until you want to use it.
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Move the Mac’s onscreen pointer to the side of the screen and Cockatoo for iTunes pops up, ready to be controlled. When it hits the screen it layers itself over other Mac apps and then disappears again when you’re done making changes to iTunes.
Changes? All the basics. Display information about the currently playing song, use the track and volume controls, select next or previous songs, even select a different playlist or a song from a different playlist. It’s really like having a mini-iTunes pop up when you need it and disappear when you don’t.
Caveats? Cockatoo is relatively new and that means a few bugs which were apparent on the first versions, but not on the most recent version. You know, just like iOS 7, iOS 8, iOS 9, and OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite, and OS X El Capitan.