Bowtie
Bowtie
1.5

4.5

Bowtie free download for Mac

Bowtie1.5

24 February 2012

Control iTunes with keyboard shortcuts; last.fm integration.

Overview

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.

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12 Reviews of Bowtie

Leo-Spill
16 February 2010
Version: 1.0

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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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5
Hachepunto
30 May 2015
Version: 1.5
excellent. hop someone update improve this piece of software.
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3.5
Mikael-B
11 September 2012
Version: 1.5
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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4
MacBunny
11 August 2012
Version: 1.5
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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4
Shock-J
27 June 2012
Version: 1.5
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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4.5
VRH
24 February 2012
Version: 1.5
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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Sachi
23 November 2011
Version: 1.3.1
get beta 1.4: http://updates.13bold.com/release-notes/bowtie/1.4beta
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Aetnaria
28 July 2011
Version: 1.3.1
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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andyselby
16 January 2011
Version: 1.3
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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Leo-Spill
16 February 2010
Version: 1.0
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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Mcyukon
13 February 2010
Version: 1.0
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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4
Doug-S-
13 February 2010
Version: 1.0
This is a great piece of software. There are loads of free themes already available from the community surrounding it, it's extremely easy to use and very easy to configure. Also, it comes with a number of nice features like Last.fm support. The only criticism I have is that before this latest release the software was rather unstable with the controls portion crashing rather regularly. Since this latest version I haven't seen one issue but I am keeping my eyes open given how frequent they were before. If you're looking for a great alternative to the CoverSutras ove the world this is the app for you. Assuming the stability issue is now fixed this app is, as far as I'm concerned, the new king of iTunes controllers.
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Btgxcell
13 February 2010
Version: 1.0
This has been a long time in the making, but has been oh so worth it! Bowtie simply has a unique philosophy of end user customizability that makes it gorgeous to use. In fact, Ecoute took this philosophy and even posted up instructions on how to convert Bowtie themes into Ecoute themes. Bowtie is the original! It may not have the largest feature set or any fancy display with which to interact with your library, but it fits a nice niche that I'm sure many will appreciate. If you need the library interactivity, check out Cover Stream or CoverSutra. If you want a standalone player that can access the iTunes library, check out Ecoute or Everplay.
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