Ever since ripping all of my CDs into iTunes, I’ve been looking for a good way to control what I’m hearing. Since I’m using Desktop Manager to have virtual desktops on my G5, I don’t want to go hunting for my iTunes window on a different desktop just to play/pause or change a track. The best solution I’ve found so far is to just use the dock menu for iTunes, but I want something that’s always there.

That’s where SizzlingKeys by Yellow Mug Software comes in. Not only does SizzlingKeys give you the option to set hotkeys for all kinds of operations built-in to iTunes (play/pause, previous track, next track, volume up/down, mute, show/hide iTunes), but it also adds quite a bit of functionality on it’s own. First there’s the “Floater” window that shows the current artist, title, album, and album art… I have mine displayed all the time, but you can toggle it with a hotkey or choose to just show it when the song changes. There are also hotkeys to bring up a window to search for songs to play or another window to pick a new playlist to listen to. Overall, it’s packed with features, the interface is pretty nice with all pop-up windows being nice rounded black transparent displays, and it’s free to boot. I give it two thumbs up, so check it out.