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Desktop Covers is the Mac app that frees your iTunes album artwork by showing the currently playing music’s artwork on your desktop’s background and dock icon.
As well as the track’s cover artwork, the name, artist and album information is also shown on the desktop, including details of the next song (if the playlist is not in shuffle mode).
The dock icon changes to the cover art of the playing track, so that at a glance you known which album is playing.
There is an option to superimpose the album artwork over your existing background image (with the additional options to darken and blur the background image).
By default when you quit the application it leaves the last playing album artwork as your background, but this feature can be switched off in the preferences allowing the original desktop background to be restored.
Those with two screens can use the application's preferences to display the album artwork on the main screen, a second screen or both screens.
Desktop Covers allows you to enjoy your album artwork as much as you enjoy listening to your music collection.
What's New in Version 1.3.2
Added support for OS X Lion sandboxing
Good idea and effort, but needs obvious work
If this application did everything it was supposed to do, it would be a three star application, in my mind. There would be two obvious features omitted, and with them, you would have a 5 Star application: Scaling and moving the album art are so obvious to an application of this type, but since 2 stars means I did not like it, I gave it 3, which I believe to be more than generous, because so many of the application's limited features do not work.
As designed, the album art is the largest square your monitor will allow, centered. I love the author's idea of putting it in the desktop instead of just making it the desktop, but as the application stands, it actually wipes out my wallpaper.
In fact, out of the 5 options in Preferences, only the options to display the album art on the secondary screen, to darken it or to blur it works. There is an option to overlay artwork on top of your designated wallpaper. I use changing wallpaper, but it does not matter. All I get is a black background, which, ironically, is displayed in 2 out of 3 of the author's own screenshots, so I suspect the author had a bit of a problem in that area as well.
The option to 'Restore desktop background when quitting' also does not work. Even worse, in the absence of album art, it shows the Desktop Covers icon, which is not desirable, and after quitting, to restore your desktop, you will have to go back into System Preferences, or the giant icon is there to stay. Probably better to show nothing, or to restore the desktop background in the absence of album art, in my opinion.
To the right of the now playing title is what appears to be the next title to play, but it never seems to be the next song to play. If it is not correct, why show anything?
Worse of all, if a now playing item is a video, even that gets overlayed by something else, and nothing cleans up the screen, so you end up with garbage to the right of the now playing song, podcast or video.
I hope the author one day adds the ability to scale the artwork and move it anywhere on the screen, and I like the feature of moving it to a secodary display, presuming if there were a third display, as in the case of a 27" iMac or a Mac Pro, it would also work, but I can't say for sure.
Actually, I still recommend the application. I like the function. I just hope the author cleans it up… makes it do what it says, then makes it do what I think most of the people that buy it will wish for in the next version…
Make it scalable and movable, please. (but, please fix those bugs!)
An interesting idea and it works when it's running. However, it crashes frequently with iTunes 11.0.4 (4). The crash seems to occur when downloading from iTimes match and an album change occurs.
- Category: Music
- Updated: Mar 14, 2012
- Version: 1.3.2
- Size: 0.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: ilia language services ltd
- © 2010-2012 ilia Language Services Ltd.
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later