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iTunes Manager is a mini-window to iTunes that performs a number of functions beyond music playback.

The functions include music alarm, playlist-track switching and selection, volume control, key information about the active track, and keyboard shortcuts for playback and other control options.

What's New

Version 2.8.1:
  • Now compatible with Leopard and iTunes 7.6.2
  • fixed the bug that keeps modifying the preferences, especially the alarm settings
  • a slew of minor fixes in the utility tools;
  • still a Universal Build (please test..)

Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.5.2.
  • iTunes 7.6.2 or later

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Trevorep Member IconReview+2
Trevorep
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Didn't work at all. A bunch of dialog boxes popped up and then it started playing some random song in my iTunes library and crashed. When I relaunched it it just crashed again.

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Version 2.8.1
www.ipod-vibez.com Member IconComment+0
www.ipod-vibez.com
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Very good program allows you to manage iTunes and features much better allowing advances features and ease of use. For unlimted ipod movies and music you can check out http://www.ipod-vibez.com

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Version 2.4.2
Hendo Member IconComment+99
Hendo
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The features are nice but the UI for the controller is ugly. Work on building attractive interfaces and the rest will come.

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Version 2.4
poggi11 (Developer)
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Hey Hendo,

If you don't like the UI for the controller you can always use the plain window. I am not here to upstage Apple's iTunes I only want to offer a simple way to control it with a minimum of interface clutter and with functions hidden but accessible via hidden buttons.

As they say, beauty is only skin-deep. What I am most interested in is the different utilities that are built into the application.

Ciao.

poggi11

Hendo
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of course, now that you have got the utilities working, why dont you just spend some time improving the UI, you have put all the effort into its awsome utilities, and making it look good will just be the icing on the cake...not necessary...but it always helps =^)

Igorot Member IconComment+22
Igorot
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I absolutely appreciate and respect the work that guys like Romeo put up in their free time to give us alternatives to choose from. Those who don't like the app don't need to download or can offer constructive criticism to make it better. But no need to be offensive about this....

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Version 2.1.1
poggi11
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Gee, thanks Igorot.

That word sounds familiar to me. Are you from Baguio, Phillippines? I am from the Phils but engaged in seed business in Thailand and other Asian countries.

Appreciate very much your comforting comments. I feel great to know that my little hobby appeals to most people if not all.

Oh well..can't win them all.

Ciao.

Romy

ronaldjohn Member IconReview+15
ronaldjohn
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I find your little creation quite acceptable and amazingly feature packed when compared to plethora of soutions in this category. One suggestion would be to make a preference so users can choose hiding or showing the buttons enabling your product's features. I find the time spent mousing over areas to find/reveal hidden buttons needlessly time consuming. And don't let the needlessly rude and useless diatribes of people long on time and short on brains discourage you. It's mostly those with little weenies who hide behind the anominity of the internet to vent the humiliation they feel in the their own pathetic little lives. Why else would anyone dis the effort and passion you have obviously put into your little project? I know, it's the price, LOL. It's people like you that makes the Mac experience more enjoyable every day. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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Version 2.0
poggi11
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Hi Ron,

Thanks for the encouraging words. For a while, I was truly losing interest on this app because of discouraging reviews here. When I trace its history, most of the intervening versions were in scriptbuilders where i need not read thru those "smarty-alec" type of reviews. that's where this app had "matured" to the current state. i am grateful that i persisted.

I appreciate your suggestion very much. I will consider it in future versions. Meanwhile, perhaps it may help to note that there are some keyboard shortcuts to the hidden buttons. For example, if you press "Return" it can take you quickly to the plain window. That and a few more but I will still check into the Pref settings.

Ciao.

Romy

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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If you want to set iTunes as an alarm, you get this for free and far more elegent:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/7676

If you want to other functions suck as current track floater, hot-key control, quick playlist switch, you get these for free and far more elegent:
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12576

Why insist stuffing all features into a single, bloated, styleless window ? That's exactly something a newbie programmer would do.

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Version 1.6.9.1
Romeo Opena (Developer)
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Thanks for the comment, whoever you are hiding under the Anonymous cloak. I can't understand really why you do this because your comments are legitimate and there's nothing to be afraid of unless the you can't back up your claims.

I have three issues regarding your comments.

First, don't compare apples with oranges. This is an AppleScript Studio app that you are comparing with Cocoa application like iMote. There are limits to what one can do with ASS (no pun with the word, please) vs. Cocoa programming.

Second, ever heard of the adage "Beauty is skin deep"? iMote is nice, real nice with all that Aqua stuff in there, courtesy of Cocoa. But how far can it go other than making it do, though in a real nice interface, what iTunes already does? Can it wake you up with nice music that you can snooze? Can it do other things that iTunes Manager can with its hidden tools? I doubt it.

Finally, i am not claiming that I am an expert programmer. Indeed, I am a newbie just doing this as a hobby. Yes, sir. I don't earn my living creating professional looking softwares. I am a geneticist-plant breeder by profession so you can see the reasons why my stuff may not look real pro. But, for whatever it's worth, my app is there and for sure, other people may find use for it, bloated interface or not. I appreciate this part of your comment though and may create a better looking version later on..given time away from my real work.

Perhaps, my only mistake is being naive about how many people view other people's work and the hours that went with it. The earlier reincarnations of iTunes Manager had gone freeware, donation-ware and now, shareware. Yet nothing ever changes. Freebies have that extra appeal to many.

And that's how it shall be from here on. I just wish everyone luck with freebies. For now they may be until they become addicted to the apps and then - you would have to buy the latest and the best version, like it or not. It's often the case so beware.

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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I really don't see the point in this app, most of what it offers is available in iTunes. It should certainly be freeware at any rate. Bad interface too, it should look like iTunes, not some bad looking AppleScript Studio application.

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Version 1.6.7
Romeo Opena (Developer)
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You can gripe about the interface alright. That's your opinion. However, I have to disagree with your statement that most of what is offered by the software is already in iTunes.

Certainly, if you just look at the mini-window of the app and do not go into the background windows, you will get that feeling. But, look hard enough and you will see a whole world of difference.

Does iTunes have an alarm clock? Does it have all the utilities integrated in one pane? Can it style the data window automatically? Can it format mp3 data? Perhaps it can do some if not all of that..and a whole lot more I did not care to mention...but surelyat the expense of your time and patience.

Romeo Opena (Developer)
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Oh, I forgot to add.

On your comment that the software should look like iTunes, I am sorry to say. I can't do that. I cannot copy iTunes' window, because the moment I do that, all Apple lawyers will be gunning after my tail. That's supposed to be a patented interface.

Sorry, we lucked out on that.

Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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To Developer: Apple would send their lawyers after you if you would follow the design guidelines?

Heck, for 20 years now Apple has even published those guidelines for all developers to follow.

My suggestion to you: buy Mac Inside issues 1 to 6, read through them, then you'll probably understand how a good Macintosh software interface should look like, and that there's a huge difference between just copying something 1:1 or using an interface style that has been propagated by Apple for all to follow.

Hendo
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If you take a lok at my program I made at http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22076 (it's an iTunes controller) you will notice how I gave it the kind of iTunes feel, without totally copying iTunes. The background image where the song info and progress is, was a simple grapic drawn in Fireworks. It's quite easy to create a nice looking iTunes-style interface. Mnay people don't realize what it feels like to have a program you worked so hard on shunned be tons of people so I will say nothing against your program. I appreciate the dedication and hardwork anyone puts in to a program. Well I hope this helps!

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Date 23 Nov 2009
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