I never really understood the attraction for huge UI on music players. Hello? it’s music, it’s for listening. Why do I need to have an interface that stretches from one edge of my monitor to the other? I don’t know who started the trend but now every media player comes with the same horrendous, logic-defying big skins… even Winamp. But at least Winamp has the ability to collapse unused sections and shrink the player to the bare minimum. But not iTunes.
Again, most media players can be controlled from the taskbar. Actions like skipping songs, using the seek bar, adjusting volume etc can be performed without opening the main application. iTunes too has a mini-player but the controls it supports is limited to only the Play/Previous/Next buttons. What iTunes need is a small compact player that isn’t intrusive, something like the iTuner.
iTuner is a companion to iTunes, that resides on the system tray and manifests itself as a small, sleek player floating just above the tray. This mini version of the iTunes player packs a bunch of features and controls like global keyboard control, lyric discovery and display, track dashboard, playback control, and library maintenance – all of which can be accessed by the system tray resident iTuner.
You can also right click on the tray icon and access the various controls via a menu.
- System Tray icon showing the current player state: play or pause
- Notify popup showing current track information, title, artist, album
- Detailed track information with quick link to storage folder on disk
- Indication of source location, standard music library, movies, TV shows, podcasts, radio
- Customizable global hot key control of iTunes playback
- Basic playback controls including, next/prev track, play/pause, volume, position, rating, and shuffle
- Automatic lyric discovery using multiple providers
- Quick access to view lyrics of current track
- Basic track information editor to customize title, artist, and album
Library management features are coming, and if implemented would make a complete and the most compact iTunes player ever.