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I love to see new games move to the Mac, but I’m primarily a console gamer. The difference for me is the console controller, and while I could invest in a Mac gaming controller, there’s some cost involved there, and, well, I already have my consoles for games like that.

That doesn’t mean I don’t sometimes want a game controller for my Mac, but I can’t exactly plug my DualShock 3 into my USB port. My hopes haven’t been far off, though, because WJoy is a tiny app that will connect your Wii Remote and Mac, allowing you to use it as a controller for Mac games. We’ll see if it works as advertised. (more…)

Any avid Mac user with an eye for style and simplicity will probably tell you they think iTunes is a bloated app. While it’s generally not in an Apple fanboy’s nature to question what Apple does or doesn’t do, iTunes is the one Apple app that gets the most “hate” from the same people who religiously love the tech company from Cupertino.

The acutely design conscious among us long for a simpler iTunes, one that — gasp — just plays music. All we really want is something to control our iTunes library, that looks pretty doing it.

Enter Bowtie. Bowtie is a free app created by the little software collective {13bold}. It functions as a controller for iTunes, and has a thriving customization community behind it creating new and beautiful themes all the time.

In this article, we’re going to look at just what Bowtie is, what it can do, and how to use it. Then I’ll go over a brief round-up of some of my favorite Bowtie skins to get you started controlling iTunes with beautifully polished pixels.

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The first words that jump into my mind when I think about the iTunes controller market are “over saturated.” That said, many of them skimp on the features, and lack a little design polish. Only a handful of them do their job well, and only a few of those do it with style.

CoverSutra by Sophiestication software is my personal favorite iTunes controller. I’m going to detail why I chose it over the other controllers out there, and highlight a few of the features that make it particularly unique.

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One of the great things about iTunes is the range of third-party software developed to make playing and browsing songs easier. Whether a tiny widget sitting in your menu bar or a gorgeous display of high quality album art on your desktop – there’s an iTunes controller to match every taste.

A number of the applications mentioned are free, and we’re covering both desktop and mobile device software (not solely for iPhones, you’ll be pleased to know!). If you use iTunes on a regular basis I would definitely recommend giving a few of these tools a try. They simplify the process of skipping through tracks, and can make digital music even more enjoyable.

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