Spotify Menu Bar Mac

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Control Spotify directly from your menu bar Customize the background/foreground colour of the Spotica Menu bar Bring music player to the front by clicking on the album cover Play and add to Spotify Playlists Show a notification on Spotify song change Troubleshooting: - This application is only available as an OSX menu item. As I mentioned, I love music and tend to get distracted when Spotify pops up. So, instead of preventing Spotify from opening on startup, I can choose it to start and minimize on my Dock. This way, the app remains always approachable, without distracting. Open the Spotify app on your Mac. Drop it in your Applications folder, set it to “Open at Login,” and a tiny little icon of a music note will appear on your Mac Menu Bar. Nothing will happen until you pull up a song in Spotify. Spotify Menubar 1.0 for Mac is free to download from our application library. The application's installer is commonly called Spotify Menubar was developed to work on Mac OS X 10.5 or later. The most popular version among the program users is 1.0. This free Mac application is an intellectual property of lifeupnorth.

Although I love and adore music, I tend to get distracted when one of my favorite music streaming apps Spotify automatically opens up on startup in Mac. Here, selecting the right playlist becomes more important than my office tasks. Does that happen to you as well? Then you need to stop Spotify from opening on Mac startup.

How to Stop Spotify From Opening Automatically on Mac Startup

Quite like the feature of upgrading to Spotify premium, the app does not keep the said setting handy. It was after some poking around that I found the setting. In doing so, I found a setting perfectly suited to my case.

As I mentioned, I love music and tend to get distracted when Spotify pops up. So, instead of preventing Spotify from opening on startup, I can choose it to start and minimize on my Dock. This way, the app remains always approachable, without distracting.

Step #1. Open the Spotify app on your Mac.

Step #2.Log in to the app (skip the step if already logged in).

Step #3. Select Spotify from the top menu (next to Apple logo on Mac) and click on Preferences.

Step #4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Show Advanced Settings.

Step #5. Now, scroll up to Startup and Window Behavior setting.

Step #6. From the drop down menu in front of Open Spotify automatically after you log into the computer, select

  • No to stop Spotify from opening on mac startup
  • Minimize to keep Spotify minimized during startup

In case, this method does not work for you, there’s another method you can try.

Change System Settings to Prevent Spotify from Opening on Mac Startup

So basically, your system keeps the log of apps that automatically open during the startup. This log might be pushing your Spotify app to open during every boot. All you need to do is remove Spotify from the list.

Step #1. Tap on Apple () icon and select System Preferences from the menu.

Step #2. Select Users & Groups.

Step #3. Here, switch to Login Items tab from the top bar.

Step #4. Select Spotify and click on Minus(-) from the bottom of the page.

You can also check the hide option; this will hide the application when you turn on your computer.

That’s all folks!!

In the world of music streaming, Spotify stands tall amongst its competitors. However, it is some small user-interface related issues that holds the app back. While no setting is difficult, finding and reaching that particular setting is a laborius process. For instance, you can only upgrade or delete your spotify account permanently via web.

While I wish Spotify takes heed of such issue and simplify these task.

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If you listen to music on your Mac as often as I do, you’ve probably recognized the need for more accessible music controls. Switching from your active app over to iTunes or Spotify to control the sound just doesn’t cut it, and the few keyboard keys don’t offer everything I need.

Instead, try putting your music controls right in the menu bar. This makes them accessible regardless of whatever app you’re using without disrupting your workflow. With just one click, you can play, pause, skip, go back, scrub through and more. Here are four Mac apps that can do that for you.


SkipTunes acts as a mini media player in your menu bar. It gorgeously displays album artwork of the current song you’re listening to, plus provides controls to play/pause, skip ahead, go back, scrub through the song, adjust volume and more. You can even enable pause and skip right inside the menu bar alongside the icon. The best part is that it works with both iTunes or Spotify so you can control either source of music.

In addition, SkipTunes has built-in push notifications that let you know when a new song has started playing plus the title and artist. This is optional, but it’s a neat little feature that remains fairly unobtrusive.

Spotify Menu Bar Mac

SkipTunes is fantastic for music lovers, but it’s the most expensive Mac app on this list at $2.99.

Note: SkipTunes is currently experiencing a bug in which it can not pull album artwork from Spotify.


Controls+ is a bit of a multi-tasker. On top of letting you control your music from the menu bar, it also lets you adjust the brightness of your Mac, set a screensaver to start playing, set a timer or stopwatch and more. It’s about the closest you can get to having Control Center on a Mac.

As far as the music controls go, you can play/pause, skip ahead, go back, adjust volume and view album artwork. Unlike SkipTunes though, Controls+ only works with iTunes. But the other built-in productivity features are great in making the most of the tiny space granted by a menu bar window.

Controls+ is available in the Mac App Store for $0.99.


Muzzy is the prettiest of all the apps on our list, but it’s the one with the least amount of functionality. What it seems to do is only include the features that aren’t already available to you on your Mac’s keyboard.

For example, you can skip back, skip forward, play/pause and adjust volume from your keyboard. But what you can’t do is scrub through a song, view album artwork, or view your current album or playlist and select songs on demand. Muzzy lets you do all of that and none of the keyboard stuff.

While it’s kind of annoying to not be able to do something as simple as pause the music from Muzzy, its minimalism makes it fast and uncomplicated. Muzzy works only with iTunes and is free in the Mac App Store.


BarTunes is basically like a control-click menu of controls for your menu bar. There is no album artwork on display (though you can oddly show it as a tiny icon within the menu bar — a bit counterintuitive) and no visual controls. Just click the BarTunes icon to see the song currently playing and textual menu items for Play, Next, Previous and Rating.

What’s nice though is that like SkipTunes, you can add controls for play and skip right alongside the menu bar icon too. One less click to deal with.

It’s far from elegant, but it’s basic and perfectly functional. BarTunes works only with iTunes and is free in the Mac App Store.

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