SmashTunes is a Mac application that lets you control iTunes or Spotify from the menu bar or by keyboard shortcuts, while showing the currently playing song. It is one of those little applications you can't do without. SmashTunes is not intrusive, it does not display annoying windows; it gives you the information you want, and lets you get on with what you're doing. Nothing more, nothing less.
In the screenshot below you can see what it looks like. You can type away in Word, and see what's currently playing. No floating windows, to distract you from your work. The music playing is the only distraction, but that is by choice.
"Click, click, click, done. SmashTunes is that powerful, that elegant, that enabling."-- Alexis Kayhill
"SmashTunes, does what I need it to do in a very simple and elegant way. Snagged a bargin!"-- Sam Rowlands, Ohanaware
ControlSimplify both Spotify and SmashTunes by controlling them from the menu bar or by using hot keys! You can play/pause, skip tracks and control shuffle and repeat behaviour. On top of that, SmashTunes adds the ability to play back the current album or all songs of the current artist.
Display track informationSmashTunes can display information about the current track in the menu bar. You can display track name, the artist, album, album artist, composer, duration, rating, year and comments.
Change the track ratingChange the rating of a track, from the submenu, or by using keyboard shortcuts.
Album artworkSmashTunes has the option to display the artwork of a track. You can resize it to any size you like.
Keyboard shortcuts a.k.a. hotkeysDefine keyboard shortcuts for common functions like play / pause, next, previous and the rating of tracks. These shortcuts work globally across the whole system! This is ideal for quickly jumping to a next track, without interrupting your workflow!
Off course SmashTunes starts when your system starts, optionally hidden until iTunes is actually running.