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SmashTunes is an iTunes and Spotify controller that lets you control iTunes and Spotify by keyboard shortcuts. It displays the currently playing song in your menu bar and artwork floating in a window. This means no more interuptions of your work, to lookup what song's palying. From the menu you can control iTunes and Spotify, and rate the song as well.


  • Spotify and iTunes control
  • Media keys support.
  • Display artist, track, duration and rating info in the menu bar.
  • Change the rating of a track.
  • Quickly toggle shuffle, play artist or album more...

What's New

Version 3.0:
  • automatic length adjustment to both Spotify and iTunes track info
  • option to display icon when the music is paused
  • track comments can be displayed now as well
  • year info is shortened differently


  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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Yoxi Member IconReview+54

I'm very happily using this now, and very happy that (a) it's currently supported, so it plays nicely with Mavericks, and (b) that it correctly places itself in the menubar (I was using the discontinued BravoTunes until now, but it didn't like Mavericks).
My only puzzlement is that the Pause/Play menu items are switched (in this version, at least) so that it says Play when it's already playing - this is not intuitive, given that it's an action (along with Next and Previous), and not a status item.
I'd also like the option to change font size/face.
Very nice otherwise, though.

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Version 2.3

Ignore my comments about the Pause/Play menu item - this only happened on the first playlist it played, and has now sorted itself out. It may have been something to do with that playlist having been actually playing already when I installed the app.

xfiles1986 Member IconComment+1

Turns out the developer has already given me a response the next day I email him, it was me that has missed it, would just like to apologize for this.


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Version 1.6.1
xfiles1986 Member IconReview+1

I have downloaded the trial last weekend and upon I started using it, I said out loud" this is what I've always wanted!".

A great app plus extremely easy to use.

So after a day or so, I decided to buy it, I clicked the button which indicated me to its website, but realized it could only be paid through paypal. The only problem was, paypal doesnt support my country (Macao), luckily on the site it has a button that says " if you want to pay through other methods, tell us"

And so I sent the message/email to the developer...but even until today (after at least 5 days) still no reply.
The trial is almost over, only a week left, and yet I still got no response.
Hopefully I get a reply here within this weekend, cause I really love this app!

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Version 1.6.0

Oh, and I forgot to mention one thing, if or when the song title is too long, it just desappears, hopefully the next version will be able to fix this, kinda like shorten it?

On the other hand I'd like give the developer a compliment, cuz the app supports chinese characters too...AWESOME!

Smashbits (developer)


I did reply to you about paying in a different way. Since I mentioned PayPal, maybe it ended up in your spamfilter. Could you please verify that?

Glad you like SmashTunes so much!

Smashbits (developer)

Regarding disappearing song titles: there is no way to tell how much space applications use for their menu items. Unfortunately. However you can limit how much space SmashTunes uses for its information. This is fully customizable. I guess you'll have to resort to a little of trial and error to see what works best for you. (Or get yourself a big screen ;-) )


I have checked my mail, when did u reply to the email? cuz I've checked the inbox, spam and even trash, still nothing:(

Do you mind forwarding the email again?

Smashbits (developer)

Could you please mail me at support (at) smashbits.nl I've send multiple messages, but I doubt if I sent them to the right address.

Sam Rowlands Member IconReview+19
Sam Rowlands

I was looking for such an application to display the song name in the menubar. Most of the other apps have a small display area where the song names scroll through and they use small typefaces. I found that hard to quickly read. SmashTunes displays it using the same typeface as the system and displays the whole info WITHOUT scrolling. A quick glance and I can see everything I need too.

I found the developer to be very responsive and the price to be quite agreeable.

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Version 1.4
Lvdoc Member IconComment+534

I know a person needs to make a buck, by I have to recommend checking out QuickTunes (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15414/quicktunes) as a free alternative. It has most of the same features as SmashTunes, plus it has adjustable font size. (The font also renders better in my menubar.) It also works fine in Snow Leopard.

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Version 1.3
Smashbits (developer)

Everybody should make their own decision on which tool to use. SmashTunes offers more choice with respect to what is shown in the menu bar. Other tools focus on other areas.

Furthermore SmashTunes focuses on clarity. The font used by SmashTunes is therefor the same as the font used by the rest of the menu items. It is rendered by the system itself, so it should be optimal.
By the way SmashTunes runs fine in Snow Leopard.


I think you should use the suggestion feature up above if it is not truly a review or comment/tip pertaining to the app listed above, smashtunes. If you like a certain app instead, just vote for it in the suggestion list, no need for a post imo.


Products stand in competition with one another. People who read reviews have a right to know about competitors and to make comparisons. I never said this was a bad program. And I did not give it a rating precisely because I merely wanted to make alternatives known to people who read reviews. I can find you a kajillion products on MU where reviewers regularly compare products. What I said is nothing new. But I would be happy to give this a one-star rating if that would make everyone happy.

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Version 1.5
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Downloads 3,197
Version Downloads 132
License Commercial
Date 16 Apr 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $2.99