Skip Tunes – mini review and giveaway!

Music can be a way of life. I, more than most people, listen to a massive amount of music. Whilst my “serious” listening is done on an iPod Classic in a darkened room, my Mac always has iTunes open and my speakers are constantly playing tunes of some kind. Today, I’m looking at an app which improves my listening experience. We’ve also got 10 copies for you to win!

Most of the listening I do at my computer is done whilst I’m doing other things — iTunes is not the foremost, selected app. In fact, I barely use iTunes when I’m working. I find that if I switch over to look at what’s playing, I’ll waste far too much time getting distracted and stop getting work done. This can often lead me to listen to music I don’t enjoy just because it came on next.

This is where the app Skip Tunes comes in. A simple and well designed menu bar utility, it allows me to be working without iTunes visible, yet take a few seconds away from the grind in order to see how long is left on the current playing song. Here’s what it looks like. Don’t use iTunes? No problem — Skip Tunes works for Spotify and Rdio, too.

Before I delve any deeper and discuss the app, let me get this out there: Skip Tunes is gorgeous. The beauty of the app brilliantly compliments the Mac I’m running it on. My first impression was that it’s more of an iOS style app than a Mac app — but in a very good, modern way.

Skip Tunes has exquisite UI design. Tasteful, beautiful but not distracting, it does the job without being obtrusive — the way album artwork is displayed and the gradual fade in and out of playback controls is sublime. There are enough controls to perform common tasks, but there’s no clutter. New additions to Skip Tunes in the most recent update include keyboard shortcuts and full retina support.

The philosophy of simplicity which I mentioned earlier is followed through all the way to the preferences of the app, which are just as tastefully laid out. Just enough options, but not too many. The all-new keyboard shortcuts are easy to set up at the bottom, with one option at the top and support and learning links.

For me, Skip Tunes plays the role of a brief interface to iTunes when I’m wading through the forest which is work, email and RSS feeds. A quick click, and I’m listening to what I want to be listening to, rather than what iTunes has ended up playing. At just $1.99, it’s a steal.

Get your hands on Skip Tunes

We have 10 copies of Skip Tunes to give away! If you’re like me and agree that this is a beautiful app, exquisitely designed and certainly useful, follow us on Twitter and tweet out this giveaway for a chance to win a copy.

 

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