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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
Version 2.0: Rewritten as a universal binary for Mac OS X Tiger & Leopard
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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MacUpdate-Lon reviewed on 24 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 2.0]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 24 Aug 2011
Works a charm on 10.7.1... Yesssssss! What a developer. Thanks man.
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 13 Sep 2013
This gem just won't die... works great with OS X 10.8.5!
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Bertobox commented on 20 Feb 2010
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?
[Version 2.0]


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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 17 Jun 2008
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.
[Version 2.0]

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euskir replied on 17 Jun 2008
Yes, one of the best iTunes controllers from all times...
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dstaudigel tipped on 20 Sep 2007
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/
[Version 1.2.6]


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Andreas Fischlin tipped on 02 Mar 2007
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
[Version 1.2.6]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 02 Mar 2007
Sincere thanks for sharing that...
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klktrk tipped on 02 Oct 2006
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.
[Version 1.2.6]


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klktrk commented on 19 Sep 2006
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
[Version 1.2.6]

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klktrk replied on 19 Sep 2006
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>
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klktrk replied on 02 Oct 2006
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.
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klktrk replied on 02 Oct 2006
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.
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xiebob commented on 08 Jul 2006
I always install this app on all of my computers. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work with my new Intel Mac.
[Version 1.2.6]


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Anonymous reviewed on 24 May 2005
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.
[Version 1.2.6]


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MacUpdate-Lon commented on 14 May 2005
This is my favorite iTunes utility, I hope it is updated to work with 10.4
[Version 1.2.6]


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Date:17 Jun 2008
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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.


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