To say that iTunes is a behemoth application is to deny reality. Just playing music can become a painful process with all those iTunes options staring you in the face. If less is more and small is beautiful, then Now Playing is the affordable, useful, pleasure-to-use anti-iTunes utility.
Click Now Playing in the Mac’s Menubar and this is what you see.
Nearly everything you want and need to have iTunes play your music without having to dig into iTunes is in Now Playing.
It displays the recently played list of songs, lets you share tracks to various social networks, lets you check song lyrics, and save them to iTunes. For OS X Yosemite users there’s also both light and dark modes.
Now Playing’s controls are simple; Play, Pause, Toggle Previous or Next track, volume control, ratings, plus the share controls. The Check Lyrics mode is manual, but you can edit the lyrics and click to save lyrics to the track in iTunes.
The app costs just a few dollars, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option (Thanks, Mac App Store, for making life so much easier for shoppers), and no option I can find to use or switch to a particular Playlist from iTunes.