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wdwnl
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Hi,

 

Is there any way to get the 'Now playing' information in the menu bar of my Mac? There are several apps that support that for Itunes but it seems there is no one for Spotify. 

 

The only thing I want it to do is show current artist and name of song, directly in the menu bar without having to push a button, mouse over or whatever, if I want to do that I'll just flip to the app itself :) 

 

Thanks,

Wouter

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paulyoung
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I couldn't find a good solution for my needs so I wrote a little Mac app called Statusfy.



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Download it for free

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mborgerson
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I was also frustrated by having to open Spotify to see what's playing, so I built an app. This app lets you control the player, and it also works with iTunes. Instead of showing the text in the menu bar itself, it shows it in a popover window when you click. Click the track artwork to open the main Spotify GUI. Download for free at https://mborgerson.com/trayplay/. It's also open-source, if you're into that sort of thing. 

 

 

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kmikiy
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I went ahead and combined mborgerson's and paulyoung's (big thanks to them) solution into one.

 

demo

 

You can download it here:

https://github.com/kmikiy/SpotMenu/tree/master

I've also included instructions on how to install it.

 

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jvanderb
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I am not aware of any feature or add-on that does that currently, but it sounds like a good idea for someone to write!  Perhaps I'll give it a whirl - I've been looking for a project to work on anyway.

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wdwnl
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Would be great if you would do that.  I really would love such a feature. And, if you need help in specifying or testing what you build, let me know, happy to help! 

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gregdougherty
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Hey, I have an app that does something similar. It doesn't show on hover, but it's in the menu bar for you. You can see it at http://skiptunes.com

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guez2000
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Found this FREE application for the menu bar after I came across your question in the forums. 

 

http://spotify-menubar.mac.informer.com/

 

 

Make sure you go into the apps preferences and change to menubar controls.

 

Hope this helps.

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juriw
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Arrgg not quite the one I looked for. I want a live stream of the track information, artist, track name, album and so on..

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phaedrix
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It's $5, but looks like Simplify will show the current song directly in the menubar.

 

I haven't tried it, but see the screenshot on the linked page.

 

Edit: here's another one for $3 -- SmashTunes (haven't used this one either)

 

Please post back if you try either of them out.

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phaedrix
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I'll answer my own question -- went with Simplify, very basic functionality as far as showing things in menubar (track title and progress bar for played amount), but works.

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acrofilo
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Your post is old but I was looking for the same thing today and came across this: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smashtunes/id452120723?ls=1&mt=12 

 

It's not perfect but it's very good and does the job just right. It integrates with iTunes and Spotify all in one.

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paulyoung
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I couldn't find a good solution for my needs so I wrote a little Mac app called Statusfy.



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Download it for free

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