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X-Tunes is a free, fast and uninstrusive utility to control iTunes(TM) playback without bringing the iTunes(TM) window to the foreground. It requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later

X-Tunes does not display a window permanently on screen, but only while you press a given key combination (Ctrl+Space by default). This window appears in front of all applications so you can click on its buttons while remaining in the current application.

As soon as you release the key combination, the window disappears smoothly.

What's New

Version 2.0: Rewritten as a universal binary for Mac OS X Tiger & Leopard

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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MacUpdate-Lon Member IconReview+557
MacUpdate-Lon
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Haven't tried it on OS X 10.7 or later, yet. But it is the best, period. Works flawlessly on my older MBP running OS X 10.6.8. I'll install it on my new MBP (OS X 10.7.1) and see what happens. I'll report back.

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Version 2.0
MacUpdate-Lon
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Works a charm on 10.7.1... Yesssssss! What a developer. Thanks man.

MacUpdate-Lon
+0

This gem just won't die... works great with OS X 10.8.5!

Bertobox Member IconComment+9
Bertobox
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One of the first utilities I install on any Mac. A must have for me. There is one small caveat I had when upgrading to Snow Leopard. Whenever I invoke X-Tunes without iTunes being previously launched, X-Tunes now pops up its interface and keeps it on the screen even after iTunes has launched and even though I let go of the keys immediately after I invoked them, and only hides the interface until I invoke the command for it again. Are any other users receiving a similar situation?

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Version 2.0
MacUpdate-Lon Member IconComment+557
MacUpdate-Lon
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Wow, I thought this was dead dead dead for sure. Thanks to the dev for reviving it, it was my fave... time to check it out again.

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Version 2.0
euskir
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Yes, one of the best iTunes controllers from all times...

klktrk Member IconComment+4
klktrk
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Actually, it appears the x-tunes daemon DOES load and run on an Intel Mac. However, the preference pane cannot be loaded.

So if you want to install x-tunes on an Intel Mac, just drop the preference pane into your ~/Library/PreferencePanes folder, then if you don't already have a preference file set up that you can copy, copy the below to a text editor and save it to:
~/Library/Preferences/X-Tunes Preferences.plist

You'll have to live with my preferences, I suppose, but it's better than nothing.

Here's the text of the preference list:




enabled

fadeDelay
1.0499999523162842
keyCharacter

keyCode
49
keyModifiers
768
opacity
0.27112668752670288
version
256

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Version 1.2.6
klktrk
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Ack! I forgot to HTML-proof the plist. Let's try this again.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>enabled</key>
<true/>
<key>fadeDelay</key>
<real>1.0499999523162842</real>
<key>keyCharacter</key>
<string> </string>
<key>keyCode</key>
<integer>49</integer>
<key>keyModifiers</key>
<integer>768</integer>
<key>opacity</key>
<real>0.27112668752670288</real>
<key>version</key>
<integer>256</integer>
</dict>
</plist>

klktrk
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Well, now it no longer works. I don't know how it ever did, but I was in heaven for a few weeks, and now I can't get x-tunes to work on my Intel Mac anymore. What a pity.

klktrk
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Well, now it no longer works. I don't know how it ever did, but I was in heaven for a few weeks, and now I can't get x-tunes to work on my Intel Mac anymore. What a pity.

xiebob Member IconComment-1
xiebob
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I always install this app on all of my computers. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work with my new Intel Mac.

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Version 1.2.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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The best iTunes remote i've ever found - lightweight, simple and works from the keyboard without disturbing your workflow. Perfect for those like me who listen to music when they work. Also, to my Joy, it DOES work with Tiger, at least on my machine in 10.4.1 . This is on the very short list of apps i install straight after putting a new system on a machine, in fact I'm so used to it that i try and use the key-combo to stop/play on other people's machines.

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Version 1.2.6
MacUpdate-Lon Member IconComment+557
MacUpdate-Lon
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This is my favorite iTunes utility, I hope it is updated to work with 10.4

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Version 1.2.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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love it, but doesn't seem to work with tiger, i couldn't install it.

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Version 1.2.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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All the apps I was trying for a long time, noone was so good like this one, free and great app. Works still and always will do, I love it.

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Version 1.2.6
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Exactly what I wanted with no problems so far. All the features you need with no extra. Quick.

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Version 1.2.6
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Downloads 15,443
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Date 17 Jun 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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