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I've used various iTunes' controllers, usually in the form of Dashboard Widgets but not always, to do everything from finding artwork to sleep timers, but this little app called iTunesVolume beats all of them for both power and ease of use.

The name is deceptive, as this desktop-accessible volume slider packs a wealth of hidden features: it can access and display artwork, lyrics, and even commentary (I suspect it reads metadata files for the latter two features). You can also access your iTunes playlists, change volume, rewind, and fast-forward. Don't expect documentation of its features, though, as the developer is Japanese and his website offers only an inscrutable QuickTime movie that poses more questions than answers. Unless you read Japanese, you'll find no useful documentation of the features there. So here's a tip on how to get started: Click on the volume slider button and hold (while a song is playing), and that will open a menu which you can use to navigate all the hidden aspects of this great little app.

This app seems to have been translated to English by Sean Patrick O'Brien, so there may be a better explanation posted there, but a little rooting around in the app itself pays big dividends.

[robg adds: There are lots of iTunes controllers out there, and we've mentioned many of them in the past. This app is quite unique, so I thought it was worth covering as well. On the developer's site, you'll want to visit the Software page to download the app.]
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English Resources
Authored by: zom on Jan 11, '07 08:11:39AM
Hello.
Thank you for your review.
I'm the author of this app, zom.

I am using in this app, Sean Patrick O'Brien's framework, iLifeControls.
But English Resources is not by him but by me. (So maybe somewhere is wrong...)

Please don't send mail to Sean Patrick O'Brien.

If there are anything, please mail me.

German resources is by Thomas Mayer.

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Re. English Resources
Authored by: lawrence1950 on Jan 13, '07 09:58:44PM

zom:

Thanks for this fine, multi-faceted`little app...and the correction of my misreading of the English Resources. I use iTunes Volume exclusively these days, it has replaced all the other applets and Widgets that I HAD been using yet gives me far more functionality than all of the rest put together! Plus that is one sweet looking piece of software, too. I am only too glad to have been the first to get the word out to Mac OSX Hints readers and I appreciate your kind thanks. eMail me a link to any other apps you've made and if there's an English version of your web page, please send a link to that, too!

lawrence1950 (1.9GHz G5 iMac, 1 Gig RAM, Tiger v.10.4.8)



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: unisphere on Jan 11, '07 08:51:16AM

i like it, but it uses up to 50% of my cpu...



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: mfichtner on Jan 11, '07 10:29:43AM

Thanks for this tip -- nice little app!

I especially like the "Auto Play iTunes Store Tracks" option -- I've been looking for something like this for quite a while. I just wish there was a standalone tool for auto-playing tracks in the iTunes Store, since I don't really need most of this tool's functionality (I use Quicksilver to control iTunes).



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: dborod on Jan 11, '07 11:41:42AM

Nice looking app. Any way to skip to the next track in the playlist?



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: mm2270 on Jan 11, '07 07:46:54PM

It looks like featuring it here has blown the cap off the .Mac site it's being posted on. I can't get to it because it has exceeded it's bandwidth. Too bad. I'd like to try it out.



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: Warbrain on Jan 12, '07 03:23:53AM

Site's been killed. Oh well.



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: zzzmarcus on Jan 12, '07 05:20:31PM

Anyone up for posting a mirror?



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Use a unique and feature-laden iTunes controller
Authored by: dennisbest on Jan 12, '07 07:46:44PM
Check
Authored by: lukwe on Jan 16, '07 06:52:00AM
As an alternative... you can control iTunes completely with QuickSilver

check out a quick tutorial and features demo at: http://www.merlinmann.com/2006/08/30/macbreak-17/

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SizzlingKeys
Authored by: alternapop on Jan 17, '07 08:55:14AM

another alternative which i prefer over quicksilver is SizzlingKeys



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