Movie clips? They’re stuck inside iMovie. Photos? They’re stuck inside iPhoto. Music, videos, podcasts? They’re stuck inside iTunes. Or, are they?
What every Mac user needs is a standalone music player that’s not iTunes. That’s Ecoute for Mac. This clever little app digs through your iTunes library and finds and plays music, movies, TV shows, even podcasts.
Ecoute is mostly player. Unlike iTunes, Ecoute isn’t trying to sell you something new or clutter your brain by displaying everything except what you want to play.
Look familiar? It’s a bit like iTunes would be if it was only a player.
Ecoute is clever enough to use Apple Remote to control your music, TV shows, movies and podcasts while you sit down over there, and smart enough to let you use keyboard shortcuts to control music, TV shows, movies, and podcasts while you’re sitting in front of your Mac.
Apple finally got the hint and embedded sharing into everything, but Ecoute was sharing first. Share your songs on Twitter and Facebook and Last.fm.
Or, use the Desktop Widget to control what you hear and see. And, if you truly, deeply believe that Small is Beautiful, then you’ll love Ecoute’s minimalist player controller.
Ecoute is nicely done, cleverly simple, and detaches you from iTunes’ horridly cluttered interface. There’s even an iOS version for iPhone and iPad.