X-Tunes
X-Tunes
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X-Tunes free download for Mac

X-Tunes for Mac2.0

18 June 2008

Unique utility to control iTunes.

What is X-Tunes for Mac

Note: X-Tunes is no longer under development.

X-Tunes is a free, fast and uninstrusive utility to control iTunes™ playback without bringing the iTunes™ 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 in X-Tunes

Version 2.0:
  • Rewritten as a universal binary for Mac OS X Tiger & Leopard
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MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
Aug 25 2011
2.0
5.0
Aug 25 2011
5.0
Version: 2.0
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.
Bertobox
Bertobox
Feb 20 2010
2.0
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Feb 20 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
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?
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
Jun 18 2008
2.0
5.0
Jun 18 2008
5.0
Version: 2.0
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.
Dstaudigel
Dstaudigel
Sep 20 2007
1.2.6
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Sep 20 2007
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
This software is AWESOME. I love X-Tunes. Unfortunately, it doesn't work so hot with Intel macs. Some people have come up with some creative ways (that I have been using for the past few months). Having gotten tired of this, I devised my own solution involving Quicksilver: http://mountainmandan.net/2007/09/20/x-tunes-with-quicksilver/
Andreas-Fischlin
Andreas-Fischlin
Mar 2 2007
1.2.6
0.0
Mar 2 2007
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
There is a possibility to get x-Tunes working on an Intel Mac, though the preference pane won't work anymore. Simply control-double click the preference pane "X-Tunes.prefPane" (Show Package Content) and navigate to 'Contents/Resources/X-Tunes Daemon.app'. The application "X-Tunes Daemon.app" is the core application of X-Tunes and runs fine even on an Intel Mac. To have it opened automatically simply drag and drop it to your Login Items (Menu command: System Preferences... -> Accounts -> Login Items". Anything else like the help etc. needs of course also to be accessed the same way (control-double click the preference pane "X-Tunes.prefPane" - Show Package Content, 'X-Tunes.prefPane/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/Help.rtf'). To avoid inadvertent opening of the preference pane, simply don't keep "X-Tunes.prefPane" in the usual location, i.e. '~/Library/PreferencePanes'. Customizing preferences is of course the most tricky part and requires to edit '~/Library/Preferences/X-Tunes Preferences.plist'. I don't have the time to go into that and alternatively suggest to stick to the default preferences and then to make sure that no other system preference is stealing away the main trigger for X-Tunes, i.e. Command-Space_Bar. Check it out that this is not the case by menu command "System Preferences... -> Keyboard & Mouse -> Keyboard Shortcuts". Uncheck any application such as Apple's "Input Menu", which steals away the default shortcut of X-Tunes. This should do to bring back to live one of the niftiest little tools to control music listening. Andreas Fischlin
Klktrk
Klktrk
Oct 2 2006
1.2.6
0.0
Oct 2 2006
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
Since x-tunes looks dead, I've taken to doing this, to try to emulate its functionality as much as possible. 1) Installed QuickSilver http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/14831 2) Installed the iTunes plugin for QuickSilver. 3) Installed Growl (http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/15979) 4) Installed the Growl plugin for QuickSilver 5) Configured the action keys for the QuickSilver iTunes plugin so I can set the rating on a song, increase/decrease volume, move to the next song, stop playing using keystrokes available from any application. With growl installed, I have it set to post a little transparent notification window for each new song it plays. Alltogether it works great and almost replaces x-tunes. My keystrokes, for example: ctrl+opt+cmd+1 rating of one for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+2 rating of two for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+3 rating of three for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+4 rating of four for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+5 rating of five for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+0 no rating for currently playing song ctrl+opt+cmd+. Stop playing ctrl+opt+cmd+? Show me which song is playing ctrl+opt+cmd+UPArrow Play the earlier song ctrl+opt+cmd+DOWNArrow Play the next song ctrl+opt+cmd+= Increase volume ctrl+opt+cmd+- Decrease volume plus, QuickSilver is an amazing application.
Klktrk
Klktrk
Sep 19 2006
1.2.6
0.0
Sep 19 2006
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
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
Xiebob
Xiebob
Jul 8 2006
1.2.6
0.0
Jul 8 2006
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
I always install this app on all of my computers. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work with my new Intel Mac.
Guest
Guest
May 24 2005
1.2.6
5.0
May 24 2005
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
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.
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
May 14 2005
1.2.6
5.0
May 14 2005
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
This is my favorite iTunes utility, I hope it is updated to work with 10.4
Guest
Guest
May 14 2005
1.2.6
5.0
May 14 2005
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
love it, but doesn't seem to work with tiger, i couldn't install it.
Guest
Guest
Mar 2 2005
1.2.6
5.0
Mar 2 2005
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
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.
Guest
Guest
Jan 17 2005
1.2.6
5.0
Jan 17 2005
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
Exactly what I wanted with no problems so far. All the features you need with no extra. Quick.
Guest
Guest
Oct 28 2004
1.2.6
5.0
Oct 28 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
I've been using X-Tunes for quite some time, and I just updated to 1.2.6. Since I've updated, though, I can't drag the window around. Overall, this is the best remote for iTunes that I've found -- unintrusive, simple, effective. Great Stuff =] -mark
Guest
Guest
Sep 4 2004
1.2.6
0.0
Sep 4 2004
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
"This is a great utility, but when the floating window is active, the trackpad on my Powerbook G3 stops working. Os this maube a bug in the software?" This is your fault. You have your Keyboard set to "ignore Trackpad while typing". X-Tunes is a Hotkey (thus, "typing"). Both are incompatible. You have to turn that off. Yes, Album Artwork would be great.
Guest
Guest
Jul 26 2004
1.2.6
0.0
Jul 26 2004
0.0
Version: 1.2.6
This is a great utility, but when the floating window is active, the trackpad on my Powerbook G3 stops working. Os this maube a bug in the software? Also, would be nice if the album artwork could be displayed in the floating window.
Guest
Guest
Jul 21 2004
1.2.6
5.0
Jul 21 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
The best controller I found. 1 wish: fonts and background colors should be customizable.
Guest
Guest
Jun 10 2004
1.2.6
5.0
Jun 10 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
After much exploration of possibilities, my final choice: X-Tunes. Fantastic program.
Guest
Guest
Feb 7 2004
1.2.6
5.0
Feb 7 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2.6
Man! This IS cool... Works just perfectly. Thanks to the developer!
Guest
Guest
Jan 9 2004
1.2
5.0
Jan 9 2004
5.0
Version: 1.2
Perfect application! I love it!
Guest
Guest
Sep 14 2003
1.2
5.0
Sep 14 2003
5.0
Version: 1.2
i have one suggestion for the developer. There needs to be an option for a delay before the controller even starts to fade away. And then if you press a button the delay fades away, so you don't have to keep holding the button while you are controlling the thing. Umm, i'm not sure what the developers e-mail is.
Guest
Guest
Sep 14 2003
1.2
5.0
Sep 14 2003
5.0
Version: 1.2
AWSOME. The best of its kind.
Guest
Guest
Jul 19 2003
1.2
0.0
Jul 19 2003
0.0
Version: 1.2
EXCELLENT app. I suggest you all to see for yourself
Guest
Guest
Jun 20 2003
1.2
5.0
Jun 20 2003
5.0
Version: 1.2
Sometimes takes a while to come up. Would be nice to have the play icon change to paused when pause is pressed. Yez, and a scrub bar would be super! Works great though and looks cool.
Guest
Guest
Jan 20 2003
1.2
5.0
Jan 20 2003
5.0
Version: 1.2
This is an amazing little way of controlling iTunes. The translucent popup window (much like the volume indicator) is very cool looking, and it's not only good-looking but effective. Adds one more little feature that will make your mac that much better
Guest
Guest
Jan 13 2003
1.2
5.0
Jan 13 2003
5.0
Version: 1.2
This is a wonderful way to control iTunes quickly without bringing it to the front. Big wow factor from non-Mac users when they see this elegant solution. Excellent visual integration with OS X (looks like the eject image)
Free
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App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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