Skip Tunes is a 99-cent app that puts a convenient control in your Mac's menu bar for controlling music in iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio.
When I'm working, I'm often listening to music. And when I'm working, I can get very
lazy focused, to the point where opening iTunes or Spotify to find out the name of a song I don't recognize feels like an arduous chore. (In my defense, iTunes can be slow to appear from its hidden state.) Because of this, I found the 99 cents I spent on Skip Tunes in the Mac App Store to be money well spent.
Skip Tunes places a small control panel in the menu bar at the top of your Mac's display. It provides play/pause and fast-forward buttons, and if you click on the musical note button, a small window opens below the Skip Tunes control panel that shows album art and artist and song information. You also get a larger play/pause and fast-forward buttons, along with a rewind button.
From this window, you can open Skip Tunes preferences by clicking the gear icon in the lower-right corner. Here, you can check boxes to open Skip Tunes at log-in and display the play/pause and fast-forward controls in the menu bar. You can also set your default music play among the three Skip Tunes supports: iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio. If you have multiple services running, Skip Tunes will control only the default. If you have only one of the three running, Skip Tunes controls it, whether or not it's set as the default. Lastly, when none is running, you can use Skip Tunes to open the default music player.
While Mac owners can use the media control keys in the row of F keys at the top of their keyboard, Skip Tunes provides a quick way to use the trackpad to control your music, along with providing a fast and easy way to glance at song, artist, and album information.
To see it in action, watch this video from Skip Tunes: