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Instant Player

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Instant Player is going to take your iTunes music experience to a whole new level. Through a combination of truly fast search, multiple playing options, hot keys, artworks support and Growl integration, this is a must have app for any iTunes user. Find, play and manage your songs and whole albums right from the menu bar and keep your workflow up with no more switching to the iTunes and back. Get instant access to your music, get Instant Player now!

★ Instant Search
Have your music library at your fingertips and find your songs right from the menu bar. Start playing a song or album is as easy as typing few letters in the search bar available at all times under the menu bar icon. No needs to switching to iTunes and back, no more distractions, smooth workflow only.

★ Instant Controls
Play, pause, stop, rewind, fast forward, back and skip, all these basic controls are available right after clicking on the menu bar icon along with shuffle controls and the ability to directly jump into particular spot in the song. Or simply use multimedia keys on you keyboard. Volume slider included as well.

★ Instant Ratings
Want to rate your favorite songs? Just hover over the song name and click the stars. Want to give some stars to concrete album? Move your cursor over the album artwork and choose the stars.

★ Artworks Dock Icon
See the album artwork of the currently playing song right at your dock and have perfect notion of what you are listening to. The feature can be disabled or you can remove the dock icon completely.

★ Menu Bar Song Info
Have the song name, album, artist and song length displayed right at your menu bar, or customize it via preferences and choose just some of these information to be visible. You can completely turn off this feature as well.

★ Growl Integration
Let the Growl inform you of every new song being played. Information about song name, album name and artist performing is provided. Growl notifications can be disabled in app preferences as well (Growl 1.2 no longer supported on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion).

★ Show/Hide Shortcut
Use predefined or define your very own keyboard shortcut to bring the Instant Player up in no time, without touching the mouse.

★ Snow Leopard & Lion System Compatibility
Instant Player runs smoothly on both the Snow Leopard and the Lion OS X operating systems.


If you want to hide the Dock icon, you'll have to do it manually (simply drag it from the Dock and drop elsewhere). After that, the native app icon will behave the right way, including proper response to "show/hide icon" settings in preferences.

What's New in Version 1.2

– Growl compatibility improved (Growl 1.2 no longer supported on Mac OS X 10.7 Lion).
– Dock icon hiding fixed.


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Customer Reviews

Very convenient to use, rarely need to open an iTunes window anymore

I had initially been looking for a lightweight music player for when I'm trying to sample something quickly without either firing up iTunes or adding it to my music library. That's when I stumbled upon this app. Not quite what I was looking for (it's more of a controller for iTunes), but I thought I'd give it a try anyway. Was pleasantly surprised by the utility that it adds. I rarely need to open an iTunes window now since it so convenient to search for and play entire albums. Two things would make it even better:

1. I wish clicking on the artist or album names would automatically place them in the search bar showing the entire album or artist discography.
2. Scrolling through search results using the trackpad works well without problems. For some reason though, when I try scolling using my mouse (Logitech Anywhere MX), the scroll event sometimes reaches the background app as well, scrolling whatever page or finder window is there.


Been looking for something like this for YEARS!!! Finally, everything you’d be able to do inside of iTunes WITHOUT having to open itunes. It even shows the WHOLE album of an artist and you can click on any song in the album and it starts playing immeidately. You can also change star ratings and it allow you to search by any word that a song or album name might contain!! Nothing like it that I’ve ever found before!

It's good… just don't rate it.

Works great. People who expected this to be another player app should have looked at the screenshots. Its a mini player for itunes in your menu bar. Great for using an external keyboard that doesn't have volume buttons on it etc. Only reason it fails to get five stars is becuase the rate me alert ruined the app. Now it wont let me click "later" or rate me. So now its useless? Great.

Instant Player
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  • $0.99
  • Category: Music
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.2
  • Size: 1.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later

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