An elegant, lightweight “Now Playing” utility and controller for iTunes that fits perfectly next to your Dock, displaying album artwork, track details, and compact player controls.

We love Apple’s macOS design aesthetics, but it’s time to make use of that wasted space on each side of The Dock!

• Designed for the magnificent Retina displays of iMacs and iMac Pros, but also adjusts to smaller MacBook screens
• Resizes automatically along with the size and position of your Dock
• Minimalist interface remains visible at all times while iTunes is running, yet it’s much less irritating than the default iTunes notifications
• Option to display song title, artist, or album name in menu bar in addition to the unique Dockside display
• Option to run quietly in background and turn on or off automatically when iTunes is launched or closed

Note: Dockside works with Apple Music and will display track details and album artwork for songs that have been added to your library — even if the music files have not been downloaded to your computer! However, album artwork is not available while streaming tracks that have not yet been added to your collection.

Many more features are already in beta and will be included in free updates in the near future, including Spotify support, more appearance options, broader album cover support for Apple Music, and some nifty surprises!

There are no shortage of “Now Playing” apps for MacOS, but we think you will find this one to be more refined and more fun. Enjoy your music!

What's New

Version 1.0.4

• Compatible with macOS 10.13 High Sierra, macOS 10.12 Sierra, and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings

Perfect for iMac display

This is a simple little app but I have to admit I’m probably a little bit too excited about it. Fitting the iTunes controls and song info on each side of the Dock is brilliant. This lets me see what’s playing at any time without clicking anything and without taking away any screen real estate. And the minimalist design looks beautiful on my 27-inch iMac! Even the menu bar option by itself is nicely done. What else can I say? Nice work!!!


Song info and play controls are always visible

This works great and is a fantastic idea. Having the info/controls on either side of the dock mean that it doesn’t take away screenspace from other windows, and it’s always visible.

Developer Response

Thanks! Your description of what makes this app special is better than my own! More options are on the way, but the simple, always-visible layout will always be the core feature.


So glad I found this app!

Recently just got my new MacBook Pro and after playing around with the dock preferences I decided I liked always having the dock visible. I also am keeping it simple with not alot of icons in the dock so it only takes up about 50% of the screen space for the dock. The extra space on the sides was driving me crazy. Dockside does a great job of fixing that problem. It works and resizes with the dock seamlessly. I’m really looking forward to the upcoming updates, especially Spotify integration and just more functionality in general! :)

Developer Response

Thank you for purchasing my app and for your lovely review! That extra space has always driven me crazy too! Spotify support is already in the works. Stay tuned!


Dax Mackenzie Roggio
7 MB
OS X 10.11 or later, 64-bit processor
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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