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Saturday, July 31, 2004

One of my frustrations with iTunes is that it's hard to easily navigate between tracks if iTunes is in the background. Some shareware and freeware options have arrived on the scene recently to help solve this.

SizzlingKeys is freeware and introduces some global hotkeys and can show a transparent status window when changing tunes. [via Tao of Mac]

Synergy is shareware that also adds global hotkeys and a transparent window but also adds some items to your menubar for iTunes navigation. (My girlfriend notes that Synergy was the name of the computer in that old girly cartoon 'Jem and the Holograms.')

MenuTunes is shareware and provides a transparent status menu and a menubar menu with a dropdown (which doesn't make it any more convenient than the iTunes dock right-click menu, IMO).

Are there others that you like? Let us know in the comments!


  • I've been using X-Tunes for several months now, and I love it, though I haven't tried any of the others to compare.

    By Graham, at 2:38 PM  

  • no1son

    hey i actually didn't know about those other options, but i've been using Synergy for quite a long time now. Sofa used to have some good ideas but Wincent Coiluta (sp?) came along and just upped the ante. the two best things about synergy are the quick-keys shortcuts that you can self assign and the quick-rating function. and the multiple styles you can select. the THREE best things about synergy are...

    By Anonymous, at 10:24 PM  


    M-Beat is supposedly more featured than Synergy...

    By Jasmeet, at 11:57 PM  

  • I'd suggest LaunchBar!! The newest version, still in beta can be found here:

    This new version has smart groups (truly amazing) which include your itunes music library. A quick command-space bar brings up the Launchbar thin i type the name of an artist or album or itunes... the latter will have the itunse library as the the second or third option... I then use the arrow keys to navigate to the artist or album... all with iTunes in the background.

    A side note about Launchbar smart groups... i can type .doc or .jpg and or .anyextension and i'll get a list off all those files!! I can then begin typing the name of the file and i get instant live search within that smart group! I'm a fan of this little gem if you couldn't tell.

    Denny -

    By Anonymous, at 1:15 PM  

  • I've been using iMote for quite a while with lots of success:
    The only annoying thing is that it automatically starts iTunes when it starts up. Other then that it's great.

    By Anonymous, at 12:26 AM  

  • I use a general-purpose keyboard macro utility (iKey) for skipping tracks and pause/play. Definitely an essential bit of functionality. I do miss the little per-song notification floater of Synergy et al. though.

    By pbx, at 9:29 AM  

  • All I needed was a fast and simple way to skip to next track so I added the following script named >>.scpt in my AppleScript Menu: tell application "iTunes" next track end tell

    By Anonymous, at 4:51 PM  

  • I can't think of a reason to use anything besides the freeware sizzlingkeys4itunes.

    By Anonymous, at 3:01 AM  

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