A new app from developer Mario Guzman, dubbed “mini music player“, aims to bring one of the most useful features of iTunes 10 back to the Mac. The utility replicates the design of the classic iTunes 10 MiniPlayer for Mac, but with some added modern twists. See you below for all the details.
In its later years, iTunes earned a reputation as an app with a lot of baggage and rawness. Before being discontinued in 2019, iTunes for Mac offered a number of different features bundled into one app, including Apple Music, TV shows and movies, podcasts, and more.
With the release of macOS Catalina in 2019, Apple split these different types of media into separate apps, including Music, Podcasts, and TV. Although the Music app on Mac is still based on much of the original iTunes base, it has obviously undergone a number of different design and feature changes over the years.
Mario Guzman’s Music MiniPlayer is a new remote control app for Music app on Mac. As explained by MacStoriesMusic MiniPlayer is not a music player itself, but rather a separate utility that interfaces with the Music app built into macOS.
Music MiniPlayer offers an amazing recreation of the iTunes 10 MiniPlayer, written using Core Graphics and Core Animation frameworks. It features a design that’s not just reminiscent of iTunes 10’s MiniPlayer, but is a pixel-perfect recreation.
The utility features all the same controls, including quick access to play and pause buttons, skip forward and back buttons, a slider, and details about the song, album, and artist currently playing .
Unlike iTunes 10 MiniPlayer, this new Music MiniPlayer utility also offers quick access to all your playlists. This means you can quickly browse through your entire collection of playlists, choose shuffle or repeat options, and start playing without having to use the Music app itself.
For added convenience, Music MiniPlayer can even float above your other windows, allowing you to always have quick access to playback controls and playlists.
I’ve been using Music MiniPlayer ever since I saw it appear on MacStories earlier this week, this was a great addition to my Apple Music on Mac experience. The Music app offers its own MiniPlayer option, but I find Guzman’s utility to be both more useful and more capable for almost everything.
Even beyond the nostalgia factor, Music MiniPlayer is a great utility that’s worth a shot if you’re a heavy Apple Music user on macOS. You can download it for free at Guzman’s website here.
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