SizzlingKeys
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SizzlingKeys Lets you control iTunes without leaving your current application. Control all aspects of iTunes with hot keys that are fully-customizable via an intuitive user interface.

Note: The Pro version available on the App Store via the 'Buy' link above is a standalone application rather than a preference pane.
What's New
Version 5.1.1:
  • Fixed some issues when running on OS X 10.9
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later
  • iTunes 11.1.3 or later



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ver. 5.x:
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Brooklyn_Al reviewed on 18 Jun 2013
Great program works on Mavericks, though, the banner is sometimes translucent and harder to see. Happens on occasion when using iTunes 11.0.4/Mavericks.
Is an update in the works for Mavericks?
[Version 5.1]


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Steelie reviewed on 14 May 2013
I’m sure it’s bad form to write a review then follow up with a completely contradicting one, but I can’t figure out how to edit a review I’ve already made. So, this will have to do.

SizzingKeys is definitely a 5-star app for me. I’ve tried a bunch of other ones—Synergy, Bowtie, Alfred, etc.—but none of them are as feature-rich as SizzlingKeys. As far as I know, none of he others will let you fast forward incrementally through songs, engage and disable shuffle or loop, plus all the other standard functions the other ones let you do (paid version features).

I was complaining about the app in my previous review as it was PAINFULLY sluggish, but the more I thought about the more I realized it was only since I had upgraded to Mountain Lion, and that other apps were sluggish too.

THEN I realized that most of the one that had become sluggish around the same time were all set as startup/login items in my system preferences. Suppressing these apps at startup and launching them right after made them as good as new! Including SizzlingKeys!

I’ve been using it for almost a week without issue. It’s back to the near-instant responsiveness I remember from when the app was packaged as a preference pane.

I love this app again!
[Version 5.1]


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Steelie reviewed on 07 May 2013
I used to be a huge fan of this app but I have to take back my “Works perfectly fine…” comment in reply to a earlier review.

When it works, it works quite well but it’s been lagging horribly lately. And more often than not.

I can press any of the commands a number of times with no reaction from the app. However, when I switch to iTunes to take care of it myself, it will rapid-fire the commands I had previously tapped.

@M_Wilke below was right… the preference pane version was way better.

Frustrating.

FWIW, Alfred is not a great replacement as it only gives you a fraction of the iTunes control that SizzlingKeys does.

Giving the Bowtie app a go.
[Version 5.1]


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Cocolero reviewed on 12 Feb 2013
Play controls work with iTunes 11 as long as you don't let the track finish. There is a bug that conflicts with the latest Up Next feature that iTunes uses. No workaround yet. Going to check out Alfred in the meantime
[Version 5.0.4]

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taja replied on 09 May 2013
submit a bug report to the developer as well!
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Brooklyn_Al reviewed on 07 Oct 2012
Great program! I like being able to see the iTunes pop-up notification on Snow Leopard; though, I have one question, a small program was included called "uninstall"--is that an uninstaller for Sizzlingkeys?
[Version 5.0.4]


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M_Wilke reviewed on 30 Mar 2012
I liked it a bit better as a preference pane, but it's still a fine app. The only thing I'd change is that I'd like a check box to turn off the quit notification so a shut down can go through without needing attention like what we've been used to in the past.
[Version 5.0.2]


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Mr. Leo reviewed on 21 Mar 2012
SizzlingKeys 5.0.2 has many bugs.
SizzlingKeys 5.0.2 is inferior in quality compared with SizzlingKeys 4.2 (PreferencePane).
I gave up continuing using SizzlingKeys.

I found more outstanding Bowtie.
Bowtie is far simple and more smart.
And it is free.

My system : Mac OS X 10.6.8 iTunes 10.6
[Version 5.0.2]

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taja replied on 27 Mar 2012
what bugs?
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Steelie replied on 15 Nov 2012
Sure, it was more convenient as a preference pane but, if I recall correctly, it had to converted into a standalone app in order for the developer to be able to sell it in the MAS. I certainly don’t fault them for that.

Works perfectly fine for me.
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Steelie replied on 07 May 2013
I have to take back my “Works perfectly fine…” comment.

It’s been lagging horribly lately. I can press any of the commands a number of times with no reaction from the app. However, when I switch to iTunes to take care of it myself, it will rapid-fire the commands I had previously tapped.

Frustrating. Giving the Bowtie app a go.
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taja replied on 07 May 2013
hm perhaps we should contact the dev. on the other hand. though he has been generally unresponsive. will try bowtie.
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Steelie replied on 07 May 2013
Just tried Bowtie and gave up on it right away—severely lacking in iTunes control options.

I’m spoiled by how SizzlingKeys used to work. It seems to be one of the only ones that let me shuffle and fast-forward just a little. Going to stick with it for a little while longer and do some testing to see if I can get the lagging to stop.
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taja replied on 07 May 2013
yeah just did the same. I'll wait and see if the dev fixes it. In the meantime nothing to do but send bug reports..
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Steelie replied on 07 May 2013
Quick couple of question… are you running it as a faceless app and do you have it launch at start-up?

I’m only asking because I had to quit it to test Bowtie, then opened it back up just now and it’s perfectly responsive! Weird.
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taja replied on 07 May 2013
Yeah I am running it faceless (i.e. with no dock icon) and from startup. Strangely it now seems to be working fine after I quit and restarted, like you said.

Perhaps it just needs an occasional restart then.
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Steelie replied on 09 May 2013
Well! Seems to me that if I don’t include it as one of my system startup/login items, it works perfectly!

Usage is no different than before—still running it as a faceless app—but it’s completely responsive now!

Crazy.
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Winco reviewed on 20 Mar 2012
Excellent app. Does what it is supposed to do.
[Version 5.0.1]


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Ajoerg reviewed on 17 Mar 2012
I like the skip backward by XX seconds feature. It is nice for listening to audio books
[Version 5.0.1]


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JanKomar reviewed on 15 Mar 2012
I like it much!
[Version 5.0.1]


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Killsapo had trouble on 07 Oct 2009
on this new version 3.3.6, floater sticks on the screen, doesn't fade away for me.
gotta stop and restart sk to get rid of the floater...
[Version 3.3.6]


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Mendozarader had trouble on 17 Feb 2006
HELP!!!

I did the iTunes upgrade to 6.0.3 on 2/17/2006 and now SizzlingKeys won't respond to the HotKeys and doesn't show album art.

When I press a hotkey, the Floater gets displayed, but nothing actually happens.

Please fix. I love this software. It will really mess me up if I don't have it. :)
[Version 2.1]


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MacUser25 had trouble on 12 Dec 2005
The only slight issue I have with SizzlingKeys is that sometimes when I quit iTunes, SizzlingKeys will open the app. back up again. I'm not sure if its because of the floater or..I dunno...anyone else have that issue?

Other than that, I love SizzlingKeys...Great addition to my Mac!
[Version 1.7.1]


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Andimon1 had trouble on 08 Dec 2004
When i use the hot keys to maximize the windows, the app works great, but when i want to minimize the windows, it wont let me do it.
[Version 1.5.1]



Kenneth_Goldberg-paty rated on 16 Mar 2012

[Version 5.0.1]



Spencer Swift rated on 14 Mar 2012

[Version 5.0.1]



+7

Lookky rated on 10 Aug 2011

[Version 4.2]



+147

xati-ba rated on 03 Mar 2011

[Version 4.1.2]



-3

craigfin74 rated on 18 Dec 2010

[Version 4.1]



+605

Fishscale rated on 09 Dec 2010

[Version 4.1]



+2

Verity rated on 07 Dec 2010

[Version 4.0.2]


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Type:Multimedia Design : Audio
License:Demo
Date:06 Nov 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $4.99
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SizzlingKeys Lets you control iTunes without leaving your current application. Control all aspects of iTunes with hot keys that are fully-customizable via an intuitive user interface.

Note: The Pro version available on the App Store via the 'Buy' link above is a standalone application rather than a preference pane.


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