Review: Foxy Tunes

There are some extensions that I simply wonder how did I ever get along with out them? FoxyTunes is one of those extensions and by far the most used. Since I am always using WinAmp to listen to my music anytime I am using the computer (not just surfing the web), FoxyTunes makes things so much simpler. With FoxyTunes, you can control (right from the Firefox browser) virtually any music/media player including:

  • WinAmp
  • Real Player
  • iTunes
  • Windows Media Players
  • Yahoo!Music Engine
  • and many more (see the extension page for a complete listing)

Once installed and configured, FoxyTunes adds all the player controls on to the status bar (see picture below) or any toolbar. No more having to toggle away from Firefox to control your media player.

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From left to right, Artist Name & Song Title, FoxyTunes Main Menu, Previous Track, Play, Pause, Stop, Next Track, on hover on note button () displays: Artist Name, Song Title, track elapsed time & total track time, Play File, Show Player, Hide Player and Mute. Not shown: Volume Control.

When you click the search () button to left of the Artist Name & Song Title you get a search menu which will allow you to search (in a new tab) various sites for the artist, album and song. For example searching for artist you can choose Wikipedia, All Music Guide, Amazon, YouTube, eBay and more.

Foxy Tunes is around 516 KB and works with the following applications:

  • Firefox 1.5.0.-2.0.0.X
  • Mozilla 1.6-1.8
  • SeaMonkey 1.0
  • Thunderbird 1.5-3.0a1

3 Comments on Review: Foxy Tunes

  1. Jack of all Trades | February 26, 2007 at 5:23 AM |

    if you like to get even more info on ur songs, u should try to get into the foxytunes planet beta.
    the extension is quite stable, and the difference is that u can get a page with mashed-up data from, flickr, amazon and more about ur current playing track.
    it works just like a page with widget models, and u can choose what data 2 have and what not.
    i do hope they will add lyrics widget too.

  2. I’m fascinated. I wish you would have explained why you thought that this add on was anything but fluff. What’s the point of this bit of dross?

    I run WinAmp as well, the first player that Foxy Tunes lists in its list of supported players (though not listed in the list that comes with the add-on itself). I run it at the top of the screen, I run it whether or not I’m using Firefox, what do we need this Foxy Tunes player for? I really only even bothered with it because CNET and PC Mag. were practically setting up altars to the thing, but I can’t see the sense. Maybe that would have been something to mention in this review.

    Now, obviously, I’m in a minority here…but truly, could you give some details about why this is such a great thing? How much “configuration” did it take? What can it do that using WinAmp can’t? While using WinAmp (and I imagine, other players) I do literally have to “leave” Firefox, but not in any real sense because I just keep my player handy in a minimized form, so it really doesn’t take any more time or effort than if it were in Firefox proper, so why the effusion?

  3. Shelley Kadlec | February 3, 2011 at 9:25 AM |

    Ernest Hemingway~ Theres absolutely nothing noble in becoming superior to your fellow men. True nobility is being superior for your former self.

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