iTunes is a piece of software that is loved and hated in equal measure. There is no getting away from the fact that it is a powerful and impressive media management program, but it is also slow to use and has something of a space-hungry interface. This is something that iTuner aims to address, enabling you to take advantage of the power of iTunes without actually having to battle with the interface.
The tool is a small system tray utility that not only provides access to basic playback controls but also to manage your media library. Keyboard shortcuts can be used to start and stop playback, skip between tracks and adjust volume, as well as show lyrics and jumping in the main iTunes application for those occasions when it simply cannot be avoided.
This in itself is handy enough, but there is more to iTuner than just that. The utility can also be used to clean up your music library by removing files that do not work, and deleting duplicate tracks and empty folders. You can convert tracks between formats, export playlists, and copy files to removable media as well as synchronizing with an MP3 player, all from the comfort of the system tray.
Even if it is used just for the basic playback controls, iTuner is a useful tool and the pop up that appears when the track changes is a nice touch. But the extra options offered by the program, and the fact that it is available free of charge, mean that this is an essential tool for anyone with an iOS device or who works with iTunes.
You can find out more and download a free copy of the app by paying a visit to the iTuner review page.
This article originally appeared at softwarecrew.co.uk