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TuneBar The driving concept behind TuneBar has always been its simplicity and unobtrusive design. Accessible in ways that provides iTunes control and information within mere seconds, TuneBar 3 is going to take your iTunes experience to a whole new level.

What's New

Version 3.6.1:
  • Resolved issue with TuneBar 3.6 which prevented in running on systems earlier than 10.5.8.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later, iTunes 7.4 or later Growl (only if you plan on using Growl for your Notifications).

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Tom Hancocks Member IconComment+1
Tom Hancocks

I renamed TuneX to TuneBar back in February 2007 so this is far from a recent change. The reasons for changing though were due to me becoming aware of a company in Europe owning the rights to the name "TuneX". I decided to change the name to avoid any kind of legal issues.

I have just checked TunesBar out and see that its version 1.0 was released about 1 year and 4 months after I renamed to TuneBar.

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Version 3.6

I purchased TuneBar when it was called TuneX. I have not used it in a long time and happened across it today. I can't find my registration number, so I was wondering if there is a way to email you directly to solve this?
Thanks for your time.

Lounge Deluxe Member IconComment+197
Lounge Deluxe

Why would the developer of TuneX rename his app to TuneBar when there's already an app called TunesBar with similar functionality?
Where has the originality gone these days?

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Version 3.6
Hendo Member IconComment+99

a lot of iTunes controllers search functions got messed up when iTunes 7.7 was released, I'm guessing that's the issue

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Version 3.5
Splunk23 Member IconComment+0

tunebar 3.5. -- search function -- is not working on my macbook intel 13.3"

whenever I search for a song, nothing happeny

no matter which preference setting - search function doesn't work at all.

As to me this would be the killer feature, I have to delete the app and use SizzlingKeys again

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Version 3.5
tfindlay Member IconComment+110

I emailed the author about this but received not reply. It appears that using TuneBar to switch playlist doesn't actually switch the playlist in iTunes.

If I start a playlist in iTunes and then use TuneBar to switch to another playlist that part works. However, if I pause the tune in the new playlist when I unpause it the paused tune does not resume. Instead the original playlist starts over.

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Version 3.1
iRideSnow Member IconComment+2

To Ivanovitch: I run TuneBar (2.7.2) on a dual monitor set up and it seems fine. This is on a DP G5, not an Intel. I also have it installed on an MacBook Pro, but I haven't used it there other than to start it up, set my preferences, and make sure that it worked.

Can you be more descriptive about the instability you see?

One thing I did notice is that if you use the standard TuneBar notification (instead of growl), then it does assume the left side monitor isn't there (it slides the notification off the right monitor and onto the left monitor). However, that's not a really a problem, and if you switch to using Growl notification, then it's not an issue at all.

In terms of the CPU issues I saw with earlier versions, that seems to be resolved. I still see CPU usage spike up, but that's to be expected. The constant CPU usage I saw before isn't happening.

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Version 2.7.2
ivanovitch Member IconComment+52

Warning: not just unstable, but doesn't play nicely with dual-screen setups (plugging in an extra monitor causes problems, removing a monitor causes system instability).

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Version 2.7.2
Tom Hancocks (Developer) Member IconDev+1
Tom Hancocks (Developer)

I have just received a number of emails since releasing 2.6.2 stating that a few bugs seem to have surfaced for some people. If your experiencing any kind of problems with this version of TuneBar could you please email me any details of your system that you feel will be useful and I will fix the problem as soon as possible.


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Version 2.6.2
iRideSnow Member IconComment+2

I purchased this a while ago. Nice app. However, I'm still using v2.5. The past two releases, 2.6 and 2.6.1 both consume a lot of CPU relative to 2.5. When you fire up 2.6+, both the TuneBar process AND a process called System Events start consuming 5-10% of the CPU each! This is on a DP 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5.

I'm assuming this has something to do with the "Sparkle Integration" mentioned in the 2.6 release notes.

I wrote directly to the developer when I saw this happen with 2.6, but did not receive a response.


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Version 2.6.1
tomhancocks (Developer)

Hello Rob,

I do not believe I have received any such email in the past few days (though there have been a lot of problems on my connection lately).

I will look in to this problem that you have encountered, though I do not see how the integration of sparkle could have caused this, though you never know and its best to check these things out.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention...

shredMASTA Member IconComment+0

this program is pretty slick - i like the GUI design and its functionability

my one suggestion would be this:

add hotkeys for volume control!!! you have hotkeys for everything else, so why shouldnt you be able to adjust the volume the same way?

this is the only thing keeping me from making this my main itunes window program - right now i am using x-tunes and it has everything i need but the GUI is ugly as hell and i would much rather use TuneX.

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Version 2.5
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Downloads 17,085
Version Downloads 2,150
License Shareware
Date 11 Aug 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $12.00
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