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SizzlingKeys Lets you control iTunes without leaving your current application. Control all aspects of iTunes with hot keys that are fully-customizable via an intuitive user interface.

Note: The Pro version available on the App Store via the 'Buy' link above is a standalone application rather than a preference pane.

What's New

Version 5.1.3:
  • Fixed a bug where hot key changes required a restart to take effect

Requirements

  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • iTunes 11.2.2 or later

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Gscot Member IconReview+3
Gscot
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i think this thing is indispensable for me in the way I use a computer. You may be different though. For me, I'm most frequently running other programs while also running and listening to iTunes.

It's a tricky program that allows you to run a background program with out going to that background program.

SizzlingKeys lets me do one thing more frequently instead of two.

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Version 5.1.3
Brooklyn_Al Member IconReview+177
Brooklyn_Al
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Great program works on Mavericks, though, the banner is sometimes translucent and harder to see. Happens on occasion when using iTunes 11.0.4/Mavericks.
Is an update in the works for Mavericks?

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Version 5.1
Steelie Member IconReview+13
Steelie
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I’m sure it’s bad form to write a review then follow up with a completely contradicting one, but I can’t figure out how to edit a review I’ve already made. So, this will have to do.

SizzingKeys is definitely a 5-star app for me. I’ve tried a bunch of other ones—Synergy, Bowtie, Alfred, etc.—but none of them are as feature-rich as SizzlingKeys. As far as I know, none of he others will let you fast forward incrementally through songs, engage and disable shuffle or loop, plus all the other standard functions the other ones let you do (paid version features).

I was complaining about the app in my previous review as it was PAINFULLY sluggish, but the more I thought about the more I realized it was only since I had upgraded to Mountain Lion, and that other apps were sluggish too.

THEN I realized that most of the one that had become sluggish around the same time were all set as startup/login items in my system preferences. Suppressing these apps at startup and launching them right after made them as good as new! Including SizzlingKeys!

I’ve been using it for almost a week without issue. It’s back to the near-instant responsiveness I remember from when the app was packaged as a preference pane.

I love this app again!

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Version 5.1
Steelie Member IconReview+13
Steelie
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I used to be a huge fan of this app but I have to take back my “Works perfectly fine…” comment in reply to a earlier review.

When it works, it works quite well but it’s been lagging horribly lately. And more often than not.

I can press any of the commands a number of times with no reaction from the app. However, when I switch to iTunes to take care of it myself, it will rapid-fire the commands I had previously tapped.

@M_Wilke below was right… the preference pane version was way better.

Frustrating.

FWIW, Alfred is not a great replacement as it only gives you a fraction of the iTunes control that SizzlingKeys does.

Giving the Bowtie app a go.

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Version 5.1
Cocolero Member IconReview+2
Cocolero
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Play controls work with iTunes 11 as long as you don't let the track finish. There is a bug that conflicts with the latest Up Next feature that iTunes uses. No workaround yet. Going to check out Alfred in the meantime

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Version 5.0.4
taja
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submit a bug report to the developer as well!

Brooklyn_Al Member IconReview+177
Brooklyn_Al
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Great program! I like being able to see the iTunes pop-up notification on Snow Leopard; though, I have one question, a small program was included called "uninstall"--is that an uninstaller for Sizzlingkeys?

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Version 5.0.4
M_Wilke Member IconReview+1
M_Wilke
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I liked it a bit better as a preference pane, but it's still a fine app. The only thing I'd change is that I'd like a check box to turn off the quit notification so a shut down can go through without needing attention like what we've been used to in the past.

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Version 5.0.2
Mr. Leo Member IconReview+12
Mr. Leo
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SizzlingKeys 5.0.2 has many bugs.
SizzlingKeys 5.0.2 is inferior in quality compared with SizzlingKeys 4.2 (PreferencePane).
I gave up continuing using SizzlingKeys.

I found more outstanding Bowtie.
Bowtie is far simple and more smart.
And it is free.

My system : Mac OS X 10.6.8 iTunes 10.6

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Version 5.0.2
taja
+1

what bugs?

Steelie
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Sure, it was more convenient as a preference pane but, if I recall correctly, it had to converted into a standalone app in order for the developer to be able to sell it in the MAS. I certainly don’t fault them for that.

Works perfectly fine for me.

Steelie
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I have to take back my “Works perfectly fine…” comment.

It’s been lagging horribly lately. I can press any of the commands a number of times with no reaction from the app. However, when I switch to iTunes to take care of it myself, it will rapid-fire the commands I had previously tapped.

Frustrating. Giving the Bowtie app a go.

taja
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hm perhaps we should contact the dev. on the other hand. though he has been generally unresponsive. will try bowtie.

Steelie
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Just tried Bowtie and gave up on it right away—severely lacking in iTunes control options.

I’m spoiled by how SizzlingKeys used to work. It seems to be one of the only ones that let me shuffle and fast-forward just a little. Going to stick with it for a little while longer and do some testing to see if I can get the lagging to stop.

taja
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yeah just did the same. I'll wait and see if the dev fixes it. In the meantime nothing to do but send bug reports..

Steelie
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Quick couple of question… are you running it as a faceless app and do you have it launch at start-up?

I’m only asking because I had to quit it to test Bowtie, then opened it back up just now and it’s perfectly responsive! Weird.

taja
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Yeah I am running it faceless (i.e. with no dock icon) and from startup. Strangely it now seems to be working fine after I quit and restarted, like you said.

Perhaps it just needs an occasional restart then.

Steelie
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Well! Seems to me that if I don’t include it as one of my system startup/login items, it works perfectly!

Usage is no different than before—still running it as a faceless app—but it’s completely responsive now!

Crazy.

Winco Member IconReview+87
Winco
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Excellent app. Does what it is supposed to do.

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Version 5.0.1
Ajoerg Member IconReview+0
Ajoerg
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I like the skip backward by XX seconds feature. It is nice for listening to audio books

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Version 5.0.1
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Version 5.0.1
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Spencer Swift
Version 5.0.1
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Lookky
Version 4.2
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xati-ba
Version 4.1.2
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craigfin74
Version 4.1
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Fishscale
Version 4.1
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Version 4.0.2
> 4 95

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Current Version (5.x)
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Details

Downloads 54,376
Version Downloads 220
License Demo
Date 23 Jun 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $4.99
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