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Bowtie is a desktop accessory that allows you to see and control your music (iTunes, Spotify, Sonora, or Rdio) with customizable shortcuts, advanced Last.fm support, and hundreds of beautiful themes available to download for free.

What's New

Version 1.5:
  • Adds support for Sonora, a beautiful, lightweight iTunes replacement
  • Adds support for Rdio, a music streaming service with free and paid plans
  • Minor bug fixes

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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Strulf Member IconReview+4
Strulf
+1

Not compatible with iTunes 11.0.3 sadly. The progress bar is not progressing anymore. Used to work fine until 11.0.2 (except some glitches where it showed the wrong song).

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Version 1.5
Mikael B Member IconReview+415
Mikael B
+1

One and a half point off for not having a shortcut for fast forwarding. Otherwise seem well behaved and except play/stop the shortcuts are basically the same I choose myself when I used ByteController.

Great!

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Version 1.5
MacBunny Member IconReview+66
MacBunny
+1

Perfect workflow enhancer! Now I don't have to switch to iTunes or Spotify to change track or set volume, all done with keyboard shortcuts! Love it!

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Version 1.5
Shock-J Member IconReview+259
Shock-J
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Love this little app. Switched to this after TunesArt went from free to paid. Does everything I need. Love the variety of themes.

One thing I wish it had though is preferences for Last.fm integration. I don't like the fact that it scrobbles EVERYTHING. I don't necessarily want it to scrobble songs I'm just sampling in the iTunes Music Store, or songs I only listened to for 10 secs and then skipped. TunesArt had some prefs to control when/how a song was scrobbled. This app could benefit from this as well.

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Version 1.5
VRH Member IconReview+54
VRH
+1

Wonderful, wonderful application -- and it's free! I love that they added control for Rdio! I may give MOG a try in the future and it would be great if control for that gets included, too. I'd also like to see them include a keyboard shortcut for switching sources.

Great stuff! Thanks for an excellent and useful app so well done!

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Version 1.5
Sachi Member IconComment+22
Sachi
+1

get beta 1.4: http://updates.13bold.com/release-notes/bowtie/1.4beta

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Version 1.3.1
Aetnaria Member IconComment+98
Aetnaria
+0

Good little application, but I wish they fixed the issue with vertical text (That is, taking a long segment of text and rotating it 90°). It gets cut off!

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Version 1.3.1
andyselby Member IconComment+0
andyselby
+0

This is such great software, except for 2 problems. There is a huge memory leak (still) and it revs my MacBook Pro's GPU like crazy.

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Version 1.3
andyselby
+0

Okay, scratch this. It was VLC that had the memory leak, and there's an easy fix for. Back to BowTie!!!!

Leo Spill Member IconComment+258
Leo Spill
+5

Great software, I own Coversutra and this is surely far better.

My one request would be controls in the Menu bar, shortcuts are OK
- but I think that this app is just a funky visual song changing notice
- without being a controller.
( Shortcuts to learn, or use a skin that has controls... are the only supported options )

The other thing to mention - is why no central resource of themes/Skins ?
They are scattered about all over the place.
Darrin Horn's 'CD jewelcase with text' theme is amazing
- but was nearly impossible to find.
( http://macthemes.net/forum/viewtopic.php?id=16791239&p=1 )


Download and enjoy this little Jewel.

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Version 1.0
Roy-Van-Der-Woning
+0

Can you comment on how this is way better than CoverSutra? I can see how it is different, but better? For example, how do you go about lookup songs like you can with CoverSutra? Or switch to a playlist?

cottinghamk
+4

Coversutra is designed better and has much more in the way of control (like you said: switching playlists and searching [I liked the mini-window as well]), but Bowtie is faaar more responsive and more customizable. CS lagged so much for me it was unusable. I own it too, but have fully switched over to Bowtie.

Mcyukon Member IconReview+53
Mcyukon
+0

Great software!
I love the way it fades in and out of view when I quit or start iTunes.
That way it is only there when I need it, and never in the way when I don't. It is very easy to use and has some nice features, like Last.Fm support. I also like the fact that anyone can make themes for it if they have even a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS. I made my own in under 10 minutes using one of the default themes as a template. For even more themes than the included ones, SmokingApples has a nice list.
http://smokingapples.com/software/10-beautiful-bowtie-themes/

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Version 1.0
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SteveGosselin
Version 1.5
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kingofleon86
Version 1.5
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Mr. Leo
Version 1.5
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Bostonguy3737
Version 1.3.1
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Yasinsky
Version 1.3.1
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Creativeinsanity
Version 1.3.1
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Rauto
Version 1.3.1
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LucasH
Version 1.3.1
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Pmdf
Version 1.3.1
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Clientsim
Version 1.3.1
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Downloads 10,641
Version Downloads 4,202
License Free
Date 24 Feb 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / Intel 32
Price Free
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