Alternatives to BarTunes for all platforms with any license

Platforms

Desktop

  • Bowtie icon

    Bowtie

    Bowtie is a desktop accessory that allows you to see and control your music (iTunes, Spotify, Sonora, or Rdio) with customizable shortcuts, advanced Last.fm support, and hundreds of beautiful themes available to download for free.

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available. Last version, 1.5, released in March 2012, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.
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    CoverSutra

    CoverSutra gives you a handy and attractive way to control iTunes without ever leaving your current app. See what’s currently playing, pause and resume playback, change songs, and even enjoy your album’s artwork without being...

    Commercial Mac

    • Discontinued The web site for this app and developer just loads a logo. The app can't be found in the Mac App Store. Others have reported it is abandoned.
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    Tune•Instructor

    Tune•Instructor expands your iTunes with a multitude of useful features. As a permanent attendant in the menu bar, Tune•Instructor informs you about actual track information and allows you to keep a quick access to ratings and further...

    Free Mac

  • Muzzy icon

    Muzzy

    Muzzy is a tiny and gorgeous iTunes companion that lives on your Menu Bar. Made to be simple, Muzzy allows you to view your track's artwork along with its information (current time and name) in an effortless way: just click...

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer available, but has been archived by Internet Archive (https://web.archive.org/web/20160127170340/http://muzzyapp.com/). The software can still be downloaded from the Mac App Store.
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    Simplify

    Simplify is the simplest way to control your music. Do you always listen to the music through Spotify, iTunes or Rdio? Tired of switching to the player? Install Simplify and know what's playing, switch and seek tracks, control...

    Commercial Mac

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    Significator for iTunes

    Significator for iTunes is a simple application to easily control iTunes right from your Menu-Bar. It's developed to follow the rule of Apple's strategy, to make everything as easy and beautiful as on the iPhone. This is...

    Free Mac

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    NepTunes

    Simple to use, yet powerful Last FM scrobbler for iTunes that is light, super reliable and fully works with Apple Music streaming and radio and can help you with discovering new music.

    Commercial Mac

  • Skip Tunes icon

    Skip Tunes

    Meet your music's sidekick, Skip Tunes. A simple Mac OS X application which allows you to easily control iTunes, Spotify, and Rdio from your Menu Bar. See more info at http://skiptunes.com.

    Commercial Mac

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    SpotiMy

    Play/Pause and Next/Previous functions for Spotify directly on your Menu Bar! The original and best Spotify utility! HOW TO USE: 1. Launch SpotiMy, perhaps set it to auto-launch on login. 2. Click on the system tray icon...

    Commercial Mac

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