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post music on twitterIf you’re an avid iTunes player and Twitter user, you no doubt like to occasionally share what you’re currently listening to with your contacts around the corner or across the world. But it’s a hassle to type out the title and the name of the artist of the song you’re currently listening to just to post music on Twitter, let alone adding a link to the song from the iTunes Store.

Well, a fairly new and free application and Twitter plug-in, Twunes, developed by Stefan Wolfrum, does all that tedious typing for you.

I’ve seen and used a few similar AppleScript programs that essentially do the same thing. But it looks like Twunes is the best at what it does.

How It Works

You basically run Twunes like any other application. After downloading it, you are given a prompt to enter your Twitter username and password.

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From that point, you”˜re literally set up to tweet your currently playing song in iTunes. It’s really that simple.

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Twunes sets up the tweet based on the preferences you set. Clicking the Twunes icon in the upper-left corner of the app’s interface sends the tweet to your Twitter account.

Other Features

However, there are some other great features you may want to take advantage of. You will find them by opening Twunes”˜s Preferences.

Although it would be nice if Twunes could be accessed from the Mac menu bar, you can nevertheless use it to control iTunes from within Twunes itself. The Twunes toolbar features the ability to play, stop, and pause iTunes.

Another great feature is that Twunes will create a iTunes Store link for the song you’re currently playing, which of course saves you the trouble of copying and pasting that information in the tweet itself.

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An added touch in the application enables you to select what type of prefix information you want for your tweet. You’re not stuck with “My iTunes plays…

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You may want to start with a popular hashtag, “#nowplaying” that is used by many Twitter members. If you don’t want to use that hashtag as a prefix, you can also just select to include in the message itself by simply clicking the appropriate box.

You can also cross-post Tweeted information to your Facebook account. Just check the “Include hashstag #fb” box in Preferences.

Probably the most welcomed feature of Twunes is that you don’t need to have the interface showing in order to quickly send a tweet with the iTunes information. You can simply minimize the app and then right or Control click on the Twunes icon in your Dock.

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From there, you simply select, “Tweet it!“, and go back to what you’re doing.

Finally, if you want to see what other Twitter and Twunes users are playing, the developer includes a #Twunes hashtag in the iTunes tweet itself. Clicking on that hashtag of course will serve up all the other Twitter users using that same hashtag.

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Overall, Twunes is an awesome and very practical application to post music on twitter. It’s free, but it deserves a requested donation from the developer – or at least a great big thank you.

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  1. ideazinfinite
    October 26, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hey try this too: http://amazingapps.co/products...
    Its only for Mac though (for now)

  2. Anonymous
    September 18, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Great, does it work in Windows 7?

  3. Bakari
    September 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Thanks for the feedback, Sharone.

  4. Sharone
    September 17, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Been using this app for two weeks now. Impressive.

  5. Bakari
    August 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Mark and Aibek, I’m not sure how this app would make a mess of your Twitter feed. The app doesn’t automatically post every song you play on iTunes.

    Stefan, thanks for clarifying some issues about your application. I thought for sure when I clicked on the Twunes icon that it posted the tweet. Does that button have a function?

  6. Bakari
    August 21, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Mark and Aibek, I’m not sure how this app would make a mess of your Twitter feed. The app doesn’t automatically post every song you play on iTunes.

    Stefan, thanks for clarifying some issues about your application. I thought for sure when I clicked on the Twunes icon that it posted the tweet. Does that button have a function?

    • Aibek
      August 22, 2010 at 10:15 am

      Bakari, my bad, for some reason I thought it will do this automatically. Now after checking the post again I see that it's not the case. Thanks for clarifying it.

  7. Mark O'Neill
    August 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Sounds like a nice app. However, I would be concerned about making a mess of my Twitter feed with lots of song titles.

    • Aibek
      August 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Agree with Mark on this one, this might annoy many followers.

  8. Stefan Wolfrum
    August 21, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks a lot for this nice review! :-) Really appreciate it! :-)

    However, a few additions:
    - Twunes isn't a Twitter plugin, it's a stand alone OS X application
    - Sending the tweet to Twitter is done by clicking the "Tweet it" button, not the Twunes icon in the upper left corner of the window.
    - Don't click the red "close window" button/ball -- Twunes will most likely crash. It's a known bug. Just don't use it and quit Twunes via cmd-Q or the according menu command.
    - Twitter said they will shut off basic authentication as of August 16, 2010. Twunes uses the basic authentication method to log you into Twitter. So I thought Twunes won't work anymore as of August 16, 2010. However, Twunes still works today (August 21st, 2010). Weird. So be aware: Twunes can stop working anytime soon! I'm working on implementing the new & recommended oAuth/xAuth method but don't have enough time to release a new Twunes update very soon. :-(
    - Please follow @TwunesApp on Twitter for updates/news/bug reports/info/questions/feature requests/etc and/or join the Twunes fan page on Facebook.
    - My last name is Wolfrum, not Wofrum. ;-)

  9. Stefan Wolfrum
    August 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Thanks a lot for this nice review! :-) Really appreciate it! :-)

    However, a few additions:
    - Twunes isn't a Twitter plugin, it's a stand alone OS X application
    - Sending the tweet to Twitter is done by clicking the "Tweet it" button, not the Twunes icon in the upper left corner of the window.
    - Don't click the red "close window" button/ball -- Twunes will most likely crash. It's a known bug. Just don't use it and quit Twunes via cmd-Q or the according menu command.
    - Twitter said they will shut off basic authentication as of August 16, 2010. Twunes uses the basic authentication method to log you into Twitter. So I thought Twunes won't work anymore as of August 16, 2010. However, Twunes still works today (August 21st, 2010). Weird. So be aware: Twunes can stop working anytime soon! I'm working on implementing the new & recommended oAuth/xAuth method but don't have enough time to release a new Twunes update very soon. :-(
    - Please follow @TwunesApp on Twitter for updates/news/bug reports/info/questions/feature requests/etc and/or join the Twunes fan page on Facebook.
    - My last name is Wolfrum, not Wofrum. ;-)

  10. Abi ??
    August 21, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Waiting for windows version...

    • Stefan Wolfrum
      August 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

      Sorry, Abi, there won't be a Windows version of my Twunes application. I'm not a Windows developer (anymore).

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Hey try this too: http://amazingapps.co/products/nl/
      Its only for Mac though (for now)

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