As early as 2005, Apple released Mac OS X Tiger and with it the original implementation of widgets on the Mac via its dashboard software. One of those widgets was a now discontinued iTunes media player – but thanks to the efforts of programmer Mario Guzman, who created an exact replica of the widget for modern Macs, you can enjoy your music in the retro style of OS X again.
Ironically, the new Music widget isn’t actually a widget (at least not in the current style of the widgets that were introduced in last year’s macOS Big Sur), but rather a standalone app that mimics the look of the original iTunes widget from 2005 and is fully functional and offers the same controls as the original. However, the music widget only works with the Apple Music app – Spotify (or other music apps) will not work with the widget.
Okay nerds. I have an early beta version of my music widget available for download. Let me know what you think. Retweets / screenshots are welcome. https://t.co/51sfimm7LI
– Mario Guzman ️ (@MarioGuzman) June 26, 2021
Guzman’s replica also draws most of the graphics and UI elements right in code, rather than using images, so you don’t get stuck with the 2005-era visuals on the widget when running on a pixel-dense retina display.
It’s also not the only retro-style music player to pop up lately: software developer Tanner Villarete created a stylistically similar web app earlier this month that has an iPod Classic interface for listening to your Spotify or Apple Music library offers.
Music Widget is currently in beta and can be downloaded for free from Guzman’s website.