14 Free iTunes Visualizers

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Apple’s iTunes application is perhaps the most popular app ever installed on the Mac. It’s also one of the least flexible, in terms of customization. There’s little you can do to “make it your own,” so to speak. However, all is not lost for habitual tweakers like myself; the iTunes Visualizer can satisfy your need to not leave well-enough alone.

If you display your iTunes window on a second monitor, or just like to look at the iTunes Visualizer full screen on your 30″ LCD, you should know that you have some really nice options available for customizing the appearance of the Visualizer.

iTunes default Visualizer

iTunes default Visualizer

Invoking the Visualizer by hitting Command + T (hit Command + F to make it full screen if you wish) then hitting the ? key brings up an overlay on the Visualizer screen containing a few keyboard shortcuts to control various aspects of whichever Visualizer you’re running at the time. But these customizations only go so far. To move beyond minor tweaks to Apple’s built-in Visualizers, you can install a number of truly cool third-party Visualizers which really enhance the iTunes experience.

Download More Visualizers

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Visualizers to get you started. This is by no means a complete list, so if you’re looking for even more, I suggest a quick Google search to quench your thirst.

All the Visualizers listed below work perfectly with OS X Leopard, iTunes 8.2, and are free to download and use. Click the preview image to go directly to the download page of each Visualizer.

Punkt Visualizer

Punkt Visualizer

Punkt is a Quartz Composer Visualizer that is much cooler than it appears in this screenshot. Colors burst to the beat of your music.

Circle Visualizer

Circle Visualizer

Circle places the track name, artist and album in a circular format, and floats in a 3D space.

Fountain Music Visualizer

Fountain Music Visualizer

Fountain Music is probably one of my favorite Visualizers. It reminds me of the drummers in The Blue Man Group, where water is blasting upwards from the drums, highlighted by bright neon lights as they play. Fountain Music also has a decent amount of customization options, such as particle size and color.

Dragon Visualizer

Dragon Visualizer

Dragon features a squishy, squirmy dragon dancing to your music. I almost feel like this one borders on being somewhat icky — but it’s truly awesome.

WhiteCap Visualizer

WhiteCap Visualizer

WhiteCap places dynamic wireframe mesh visuals on your screen, cycling through colors and traveling through space.

Figure Visualizer

Figure Visualizer

Figure places the track title, album, artist and album art on a virtual wall, swiveling around in 3D space.

Bugaboo Visualizer

Bugaboo Visualizer

Bugaboo places colorful dancing lightning bugs on screen. This is another one of those that you have to see to appreciate.

Cubism Visualizer

Cubism Visualizer

Cubism brings a Tetris-like appearance to your Visualizer, bouncing blocks to the beat of your music. A 3D cube with the album art mingles among the blocks as well.

Gaslight Visualizer

Gaslight Visualizer

Gaslight is a customizable frequency spectrum analyzer — kind of old-school, but still quite nice!

Snow Visualizer

Snow Visualizer

Snow, another offering from WowLab, displays colorful snow blowing across your screen. This one is really nice for soothing music after a rough day at the office.

LED Flow Visualizer

LED Flow Visualizer

LED Flow uses Apple’s Quartz technology to place a colorful level meter in 3D space.

G-Force Visualizer

G-Force Visualizer

G-Force, the original awesome third-party Visualizer for iTunes, still going strong with its fractal goodness!

Sing Visualizer

Sing Visualizer

Sing places a friendly little creature in your iTunes window and sings. Sort of. Well, it’s cool to look at anyway.

Jumping Steve Visualizer

Jumping Steve Visualizer

Jumping Steve pays homage to Steve Jobs with a cutout jumping jack that dances to the beat. Hit the P key for a special iPod commercial-like silhouette feature.

Don’t forget that different Visualizers will offer disparate customization options, the level of which (if any) varies between minor, and fairly major stuff — it just depends on the developer, and how much time they bothered to put in. Don’t forget to hit the ? key to find out what options are available to you.

If you’ve never installed a plugin or other add-on to iTunes, Visualizers are a great place to start. They’re simple, require little effort to get up and running, and typically they either work or they don’t, with no ill side-effects.

31 Comments

Pete

no offence, but all these look pretty wank, i’m not entirely satisfied with the standard itunes visualization, but these all look like a downgrade to it… got anything that is an improvement on it?

DJdAVE

What I would really like to be able to do is to feed an audio input into iTunes, and have the visualisations follow that audio, rather than actually playing music from iTunes.
Is there any way of doing that I wonder?
I would like to use one laptop for audio DJ’ing, and send the audio output to a second machine purely for visualisations, which would be projected onto a wall/screen.
I use Traktor DJ software, which is a professional DJ package, but there is no visualisation feature.
Even if there was, I wouldn’t want to tie up the screen with that, nor would I want my on screen tinkerings visible.
I can’t see any way of doing this on either iTunes or Windows Media player, but it would be a really useful feature in my book!
Any ideas??

sruss01

How can I create my own and customize it? If i download one will I be able to dissect it? I need one for my radio station…

kiwi

sruss01

download “punkt” i created it in Apple’s Quartz Composer. you can open it with the Developer Tools and modify it all you want…

kiwi

big o

hey when i download the files they go into my downloads then when i drag them into itunes nothing happens im using a mac any help please?

megan

how can you get books that are not on itunes but you want it on your ipod?

sree

install calibre E-book management and search for free ebooks.
Just email me if you want any of the free Harry potter e-books

Michael

Hey, just wondering if there’s a way to auto cycle between all your installed visualizations? I installed some but it’d be cool if I could have the visualization change every few minutes when I leave my itunes playing on screen.

Brian

I can’t get ProjectM to work on Snow Leopard. Put it in the Library > iTunes > iTunes Plugins folder and nuttin’. Not sure if it’s significant, but it has a .app extension instead of .bundle.

Has anyone been able to get ProjectM working on Snow Leopard?

vex

It works for some seconds and then crashes iTunes. Move the projectM.bundle file into your ~/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins/ Folder and restart iTunes. Good Luck.

anna

When i download one of theese visualizers it shows up in winrr and i need to extract to itunes folder, where do i extract it to? how do i put this in itunes? and i’m using windows pc

Get Free iTunes

I tried Manifesto and it’s everything I look for in a visualizer. The developers did wonders with the VizKit and what I like most is that the visualizations are accurate with slight spontaneity (play the same store twice it won’t be exactly the same). Maybe we’ll feature it on the free itunes site Get Free iTuneswhen we roll out of pre-beta.

Marianne

A brand new visualizer for Mac, “Morphyre” has just been released. It can be downloaded for free at http://www.morphyre.com and we’d love to hear what you think of it on our forum, and if you have any suggestions for improvements!

Jim A

Unzip files as necessary.

If they contain an installer package (like the Snow visualizer described above), just run it and you’re all set. (Admin password required.)

If the downloaded file has a .qtz filename extension (as does the punkt package described above), place it in /System/Library/Compositions (Admin password required).

If the file has a .bundle filename extension, put it in the /Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins folder (Admin password required) to make it available to all users of your Mac, or in ~/Library/iTunes/iTunes Plug-ins to make it accessible only in your user account.

Some visualizers may contain both .qtz and .bundle files; if they do, both components must be installed as described above.

You’ll have to restart iTunes (and possibly your Mac) before the new visualizers are listed in the View -> Visualizer submenu in iTunes.

Remember to press ? when your new visualizer is running to see its option controls.

Andrew P

Thanks Jim, wouldn’t have been able to figure that out without your post!

GW

If you’re looking for a free visualizer that can be used on Windows iTunes or Windows Media Player, as well as Mac, check out Morphyre at http://www.morphyre.com- it has literally thousands of unique scenes

holyfool

hi james,

i tried to install manifesto but i couldn’t. i fallow the instructions: dropping the manifesto.bundle on i-tunes, then relaunching itunes, etc., but still don’t work. i have a brand new mac w/snow leo os.
any suggestions?. thanx!

august

omg!!! i louuuve marshie!!!! omg lol i use all my visualizres with H*R songs!

abu

white cap and g-force!!!… I remember using them with SoundJam on OS 9… Good ol’ times

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