Every Mac user has iTunes and there’s a good chance that most of us use iTunes; music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, internet radio, iTunes Radio, music video. Above all else, iTunes is what the great unwashed masses of Mac users use to listen to music.
Here are six new ways to use iTunes to listen to music without bothering with iTunes.
Player for iTunes — this one is a favorite. Player for iTunes is inexpensive and unobtrusive yet it’s always there in the Mac’s Menubar with a play button, or skip forward and backward.
Heavy Rotation — One of the odd ducks among iTunes controllers is Heavy Rotation, which, as the name implies, gives you quick access to the 30 songs you play the most. Organize favorites by time period– hours, days, year, etc. But also search iTunes and control volume from within the Menubar app.
Emcee for iTunes — Probably the easiest iTunes controller to use, Emcee displays what song is currently playing on iTunes– from the Menubar. It doesn’t scroll the song title, either, so no distractions. And not much else to justify the minuscule price tag.
Cockatoo — One of my old favorites is Cockatoo, which thinks different by using the left or right sidebars of the Desktop to display iTunes controls, album art, and playlists. It’s a bit out of the way, but useful.
Quicky — As the name implies, Quicky is a quick access controller for iTunes which lets you pause a track, skip forward or backward, toggle the shuffle control, and do it all with a click to the Menubar.
Controls+ — Stretching the boundaries of iTunes controllers is Control+. From a click to the Menubar you get a bunch of controls you wouldn’t expect in an iTunes controller. Yes, it controls iTunes.
Click to view the album cover of the currently playing song, view artist and song information, adjust the sound volume, and Play, Pause, Next, and Previous are a click away. Control+ also lets you adjust the Mac’s screen brightness, start the screensaver, turn the screen white, and there’s a built-in timer and stopwatch.
Six simple yet totally different controls for iTunes priced from free to $1.99 (the more expensive Cockatoo has a free version, too).