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If you use Spotify on your Mac, you need this extension

by Josh Levenson | July 15, 2017July 15, 2017 8:00 am PDT

I spend most of the day in front of a computer. Ten hours, to be precise. Much of that time is spent listening to music either through the Sonos setup in my office (it’s honestly the best thing I’ve ever invested in) or the Spotify application for macOS, though I tend to reserve the latter for when I’m working in a coffee shop or at a conference.

Recently, I discovered a neat extension for the Spotify client that’s changed the way I listen to music on my laptop — and I think you’ll like it too. It’s called Baritone and it puts all of the application’s native audio controls in your MacBook’s menu bar, so you don’t have to keep pulling up Spotify whenever you want to change songs or shuffle your library.

It’s completely free to use, but installing it can be a little tricky if you’ve never downloaded a release from GitHub before, so let me guide you through it in four steps: head to this page, click Download Release, select Baritone-macos.zip, then drag Baritone into the Applications folder once it’s downloaded.

Don’t be sad, Windows users

If you haven’t already gathered, Baritone is only available for macOS. That shouldn’t come as bad news for Windows users though as they have the facility to not only play music from the taskbar, but also from the lock screen, without having to install a third-party extension.

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Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...

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