hotTunes

My good friend and fellow Mac User Group member Dave Warker developed a new iTunes controller called hotTunes. It’s just a small application which has almost no interface, but controls iTunes via key commands. While others have pointed out that there are other options out there, I happen to prefer this one above the others. For instance, I’ve used SizzlingKeys for a long time, but it takes a little while to respond if the computer is busy processing something else. I’ve also tried Synergy, but I don’t really need yet another menu bar item. However, hotTunes just sits in your Dock and waits for a key command to pause, play, rate, or show information. I helped design the hotTunes icon, too, so part of me likes seeing my own work in my Dock. Regardless, hotTunes is a great little key command based iTunes controller, and I highly recommend it.

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hotTunes

5 thoughts on “hotTunes

  1. I am now using this for sure. It doesnt take up space in my menu bar as you said, and whats one more thing on my dock?

    It runs smoothly and quickly, plus its a VERY small script.

    Great job to Dave and the icon is sexy.

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  2. I haven’t tried this, but I’m perfectly happy with my current solution for this same problem! QUICKSILVER! Besides being useful for launching programs, and other such actions on files, the TRIGGERS and GROWL-based notification abilities make it the perfect iTunes controller!

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  3. Tarsh says:

    As scott mentioned quicksilver is a good alternative. I personally use butler for my launcher and it had an itunes feature allowing you to bind the pre/next etc to any key you want, it also works from any window and displays a bubble on screen saying what the new song is.

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  4. I never tried the features in QS, although i’ve been a user for a while. I’ll have to give it a shot for sure.

    After using HotTunes for a few days though, i still find myself in my old habits of going back into iTunes, hard to start new ones.

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