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FoxyTunes

September 7th, 2007 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

I've been a user of WinAmp for a long time...since version 2 I think. So when I heard of an extension that integrates music right into Firefox, I installed FoxyTunes immediately and was ready to jam (am I showing my age?)

Overview

FoxyTunes is a CD interface to control your favorite music player while you surf. The music can stream your favorite Internet radio station or load your favorite playlists. Either way, you definitely have your music handy.

The cool thing about FoxyTunes is that it's also cross-platform. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac. Even though this is a Firefox column, I guess I should mention that they even have an Internet Explorer version.

Installation

After installation of FoxyTunes, I noticed that it attached itself to the status bar. Ack! But after hovering my mouse over the controls, I noticed that I could move FoxyTunes anywhere I wanted. Awesome! I didn't even need Firefox's ole "Customize toolbar." I added mine to the right of the Firefox's pulldown menu. It seemed like a nice place to put it.

FoxyTunes Toolbar

FoxyTunes doesn't have it's own player per se. FoxyTunes provides a list of players through the FoxyTunes Main Menu. For me, I selected WinAmp and immediately WinAmp ran. I have a couple of playlists I load, depending on my mood. Unfortunately, I had to switch over to WinAmp and load a playlist into WinAmp for it to actually start playing. Once my playlist was loaded, I was ready to go.

Features

One of the great feature that floored me was the amount of players supported in FoxyTunes. FoxyTunes allows you to select from a list of over 30 media players. Everyone has their favorite media player and if you can't find it in this list, you must've built the player yourself. ;-)

Hover over the toolbar icon that looks like a music note (track info) and you'll immediately see the artist, title, album, and graphic of the album...errr...sorry, CD cover (age thing again). Click on it and it becomes sticky. It stays visible until you click the close icon (X). Nice feature.

On certain players, you get a seek button that shows the progress of your song as it's playing, but since I selected WinAmp, the slider control didn't appear.

Sleeping at your desk is probably great for entrepreneurs at 3:00a in the morning, which is why I think the hidden feature of an alarm clock and sleep timer is definitely necessary.

Configuration

The configuration is quite immense and I don't know if I can cover everything in this review, but I'll try.

If you have a popular media player, such as WinAmp or Windows Media Player, you'll notice that you have the ability to add skins. FoxyTunes has this same ability and provides 12 skins on their site. If you're lucky enough, they may even have a skin that matches a Firefox theme you installed.

Install another extension called Signatunes and you'll have the ability to add a music signature to your email message with a single click. Signatunes works with over 25 email clients, including Yahoo!, GMail, Hotmail, and Thunderbird.

FoxyTunes is also localized, meaning the application is international and you can view everything in a different language depending on where you're based.

The integration of FoxyTunes with FoxyPlanet is also ingenious and provides a way for you to find your favorite artists and immediately play them through FoxyTunes.

I'm sure I'm missing some configuration features, but this will be an exercise for the reader. I think I've covered all of them. If you find any that I've missed, please post them below in the Chatterbox.

Conclusion

FoxyTunes is great for music enthusiasts overall. Not only am I giving FoxyTunes a 5 out of 5 rating, but it seems that CNet, PC Magazine, and PCWorld all gave FoxyTunes top honors as well.

I quote Neil Young:

"Keep on Rockin' in the Free World."