Stop, I can hear you thinking: “Aren’t there enough iTunes controllers out there?” Well the true answer? There are, but not as simple and clean and customisable as this one.
Bowtie is the latest to join the big box of controllers for your favorite music app “iTunes” and in my opinion it is pretty good. Its still in beta phase (beta 2 to be exact) so it does have some bugs. But it’s very unlikely that it’ll crash a lot, it’s working perfect on my little MacBook. So what makes Bowtie different?
Everything and nothing. It does things that most of the other iTunes controllers do, but it does it so much better. The preferences interface is very clean, with only a few options, but you only need a few options for something like this. Most other apps are overly complicated. I will go through the menu.
You can have it sit on the desktop, always float on top, or behave like a normal window.
Themes are easily added, although Bowtie does require a restart before they will show up in the menu. There is also a theme pack with 11 themes currently available for download now. And if that isn’t enough, most “mac-styling themed” forums are flooded with them and of course don’t forget us! We at iconpaper regulary post bowtie themes that are amazing!
But where are all the other shortcuts? You don’t really need them. Bowtie includes the 3 important ones. Most themes also have controls on the display, and will let you rate the song directly from the app.
A search function is included in the shortcut. You can search by artists, songs, albums by simply pressing Ctrl+Shift+S (by default).
Last but not least, probably one of the most important aspects of Bowtie, Last.FM support, so you don’t have to worry about your songs not getting scrobbled.
I’ve been using the “Rexcon” theme, which is a very clean and simple tucked away theme. It includes the basic controls, star rating and song details. I’d highly recommend checking it out, it is a free download.
Further information about Bowtie