iTuner: Add Playback Control System Tray Dashboard To iTunes


Most music players are customizable and users do not have to bring the main player on top to control the music. iTunes however is the exact opposite when it comes to usability. There is no way to control iTunes from taskbar or system tray but iTuner might be the last hope.

It is a companion app which adds a neat display, playback control, system tray icon, lyrics viewer, neat set of customizable keyboard hotkeys, and much more. The app runs from the system tray, which when clicked will open up a nice little interface to control iTunes playback.


Clicking the set hot keys button will open up a small pop-out window where you can assign a custom hotkey for each action.

ituner hot keys itunes

The app is useful for users who have tons of windows open and don’t want to control iTunes by brining it on top. Clicking Show iTunes will bring up iTunes main window. The two small icons in between them are Shuffle and Lyrics. Lyrics are automatically downloaded(very few kb in size) to a temporary directory, when clicked, it will open up in notepad. The advantage of automatically downloading the lyrics is that the app won’t have to search over and over again when the same music is repeated.

iTuner iTunes Lyrics

The basic playback, such as, Previous Track, Play/Pause, Next Track, and Volume can be controlled from this small display window. Right-click the system tray icon to find all options given in the context menu, except hotkey and lyrics.

iTuner system tray

It is a small opensource companion app developed by an average frustrated iTunes user who wanted an easy way to control iTunes without having to maximum the iTunes app. During our testing we found out that the current version is incompatible with 64-bit OS. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista (32-bit), and Windows 7 (32-bit) only.

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  • Hi Nakodari, I developed iTuner on a 64-bit Windows 7 machine and compiled it with “Any CPU”. The installer is a 32-bit installer but should be fine on a 64-bit system. So I would like to know more about your system configuration so others will not have a similar problem running it.
    Kind Regards,
    Steven M Cohn
    P.S. Nakodari is very cool sounding name! Do you know what it means?

    • Nakodari

      It gets installed and even loads up in the system tray, but sadly it does not show the display when clicked on the system tray icon. You might want to look into this problem…

  • Steven

    New automatic librarian features and playlist export features are now available.

  • iTuner_1.2 is now available allowing you to synchronize one or more iTunes playlists with a selected USB MP3 player…

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  • Steven

    Are you fluent in English even though it’s not your primary native language? Do you know what a .NET resource file is and how to modify one? Then you may be the perfect person to help translate and localize this project. I’m looking for a few great translators for this project. You’ll need access to Visual Studio 2010 and should have experience translating from English to your preferred language. Please see the translation page at

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  • Steven Cohn

    iTuner V1.7 Released! – A small step for iTuner, a giant leap for music lovers everywhere…iTuner can now import playlists. This will create a new playlist and optionally import new media files. This supports all playlist formats generated by the Export feature.iTuner can now automatically download album artwork and display artwork on the popup tracker window.