M-Beat Theme

mbeat.gifI’ve been look­ing for a good menu con­troller for iTunes, and it’s been a dif­fi­cult search. I test­ed many apps, includ­ing Quick­Tunes, You Con­trol Tunes, and Syn­er­gy. Each has its rel­a­tive strengths and weak­ness­es, but I just couldn’t get every­thing I want­ed in one pack­age:

  • Dis­play track info on the menubar

  • Unob­tru­sive design, that blends with my OS X theme

  • Glob­al key­board short­cuts

  • Pop-up floater with track info and album art

  • Sol­id app, that doesn’t crash

In the end, I decid­ed to go with The Lit­tle App Factory’s M-Beat, which sat­is­fies all of these require­ments, and includes sup­port for skin­ning themes.

This bit of cus­tomiza­tion was the clinch­er, because I wasn’t sat­is­fied with the way the default “look” inte­grat­ed in my menu. So, I cre­at­ed a theme to match my Milk OS X theme:

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