If you use iTunes to manage your music collection, you will no doubt have been frustrated by the fact that it is necessary to switch to from the program you are working with back to iTunes to switch to another track or pause playback. SizzlingKeys is a simple little app that makes it possible to do just this no matter which program you are using.
SizzlingKeys installs as a preferences panel and it allow for the creation of customisable keyboard shortcuts to access common iTunes controls. In terms of playback, you have the option of pausing and unpausing playback, skipping back and forth between tracks and adjusting volume.
You can also mute and quieten playback with a simple key press and opt to show or hide iTunes. Access to playlists and searches is also just a key pres away. The currently playing track can rated with iTunes' star system as well.
SizzlingKeys can be configured to launch at system startup so iTunes can be controlled straight away and while the tool is being used, the actions you perform are accompanied by a translucent floating status panel. The program is simple and effective, and makes working with iTunes far more enjoyable.