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You Control: Tunes is a free utility that gives you complete control over iTunes from the Mac OS X menu bar. You don't have to stop whatever it is you may be doing, switch to iTunes, take care of business and then go back to your original app. You can now simply pull down your very own custom menu that gives you access to the iTunes controls (Next, Previous, Volume, Play/Pause, Stop) as well as displaying the current track, artist and album. You can also navigate your entire iTunes music library from this menu as well so you never leave your current application.

What's New

Version 1.7.2:
  • [New] Holding down the Option key in while clicking on the controls in the menu bar will toggle the Ratings stars on and off.
  • [New] Added new option for larger images in the Overlay (XLARGE_IMAGE)
  • [New] Show Overlay menu command now toggles to Hide Overlay, so the same hot key can be used to both show and dismiss the overlay.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause iTunes more...


Mac OS X 10.4 or later, free serial number.

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Commanderdingo Member IconReview+0

I LOEVED this app. Upgraded machines and OS and it was asking for me to register with their servers. A shame the developer shut down and left us hanging.

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Version 1.7.2
Tony Hartt Member IconComment+1
Tony Hartt

Is this still available for download?? Download link goes to some other page.

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Version 1.7.2

It still can be found here:


And here is the serial number (the link above for this no longer works either):



@bbw7, unfortunately that serial won't work because the app tries to send it to the defunct You Control server for a license key :(

Jeff-H. Member IconComment+188

Didnt work very well for me in 10.8

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Version 1.7.2
Jimw Member IconComment+455

Unfortunately the You Control iTunes Engine does not seem to install properly in 10.8+ However their is an easy manual workaround:

- Open up System Preferences; then click on 'Users and Groups'
- Choose 'Login Items' and move to one side you your screen.
- Locate the App 'You Control iTunes', usually in your Applications folder but do not launch it.
- Right Click on it and choose 'Show Package Contents'
- Click on the 'Contents' folder to open it
- Look at the resulting contents and open 'MacOS'
- Drag the file "YouControlTunesEngine' to your 'Login Items' list. It does not matter where you place it. You should now see it in the list.
- Close all your windows.
- Restart your system. The YouControl icon should now appear in your menu bar after it fully loads.

Hope this helps

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Version 1.7.2
Paulicca Member IconReview+4

I was searching something that let me "preview" the cover of playing songs from iTunes.
You control does it and deserves 4,5 stars!
You can personalize the info of the overlay window.
Sometimes the cover, in the menu bar, is not displayed correctly.
Only one crash in my today's use.
Maybe the obligation to register yourself is not a good thing (it could be reconsidered) if someone wants only to try the software.

Thanks to the developer for giving us this free app! :)

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Version 1.7.2
Kzx72 Member IconReview+121

I've been using You Control Tunes for about a month now and I like it enough to write a quick review. The registration only takes a minute to fill out and doesn't intrude on your privacy. For the paranoid user still concerned about this issue, block the program with Little Snitch.
YCT is a timesaver app. Designed so you don't have to switch back and forth between open programs and iTunes every time you want to change or pause a song. It sits on the right side of the desktop menu bar and has a drop down arrow with hotkeys and customizations. Hasn't crashed yet and is a free download.

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Version 1.7.2
Robio Member IconComment+68

Why the hell should I have to register and get a serial just to TRY this software? I don't even know if it does what I want it to do. Why should I hand out my personal information if there's a chance I'm going to launch it, find out it only skips tracks (and doesn't FF or RWD), then throw it away? What's the point of requiring a serial for freeware?

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Version 1.7.2
Mr. Leo Member IconReview+12
Mr. Leo

This software is very smart and cool compared with other similar software. User interface is very slick and beautiful. I wish to express my gratitude to the developer. It is regrettable that there is no means to contribute.

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Version 1.7.2
Bigboysdad Member IconReview+492

Excellent utility. Developer is very helpful and responds real quick too.

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Version 1.7.2
Rooster Member IconReview+26

Pretty darn good little utility! It has given me no problems since day one of getting it and I have it running all the time as a startup item. I hope the developer keeps it up-to-date with the evolving Mac OS so that it continues to function as Apple updates.

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Version 1.7.2
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Downloads 31,795
Version Downloads 10,530
License Free
Date 10 Mar 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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