Anybody remember Rip. Mix. Burn? That was Apple’s mantra back in the early days of putting music on a Mac (long before the iPod came along). The idea was to rip music from your CD’s into iTunes. Create your own music playlist mix. Then burn it all back to a CD.
That was then and this is now. Today, CDs are a dying media, and even iTunes Music Store has plenty of competitions. There’s streaming internet radio stations. Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio stream music to every smartphone, plus Mac and Windows PCs.
How can a Mac user control all those music choices? It used to be easy when iTunes was pretty much the only player in town. Add Skip Tunes to your Mac’s Menubar and control iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio with a click.
Click on Click Tunes in the Menubar and get access to controls for iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio. Preferences are nominal and include setting up keyboard shortcuts for the controls (Play and Pause, Previous and Next).
One feature I like but haven’t seen elsewhere is audio scrubbing. Jumping forward or backward in audio is much easier if you can hear the audio as you move the control.
Skip Tunes makes for a handy pause and resume button for whatever is playing at the time. It even displays album art in the pop down window. That’s the good news.
The bad news is basic and almost a deal breaker. Skip Tunes requires iTunes, Spotify, or Rdio to be open and running on your Mac. You can’t change playlists in iTunes without actually using iTunes. And, worse, there’s no support for Pandora Radio.