Color me cheap. Also, color me as a sucker for eye candy. That is, eye candy in the shape of Mac app icons. I love colorful, gimmicky Mac icons.
Surprise, I also loves me some iTunes internet radio. So, I was eager to try out a Mac app that blends eye candy with functionality that I don’t already have on my Mac. Think album cover art for radio. Specifically, iTunes radio.
Cheap, Colorful, Cover Art
As it turns out, behind the clever icon of Cover Toaster you’ll find a Mac app that does something iTunes doesn’t. Cover art for internet radio. Who would think that would be something any Mac user would ever need.
There isn’t much going on with Cover Toaster, hence the extra effort on the app’s icon.
What you get is simple. When you’re in iTunes and you’re listening to iTunes radio—the internet stations—Cover Toaster works behind the scenes to dig up the appropriate album cover art.
How’s that for simplicity? You don’t have to do anything to start the cover art collection, either. It’s all handled behind the scenes as the music plays. Here’s what the details look like on a clean Desktop.
Preferences allow you to control how Cover Toaster works.
Sliders can change the size and transparency of the cover art, including text and reflection.
For text, you can use the Mac’s built-in color app so the cover art text matches your chosen Desktop image.
Cover Toaster won’t set you back more than a trip to Starbucks but comes with a minor gotcha.
It works with iTunes/Radium radio stations that also play song names. After all, it needs to know what to look for, right? Otherwise, for the price of nothing, there’s Free: Album Art, Lyrics, Controls Your Desktop for iTunes. And, the ever popular How To Get The Album Art iTunes Store Doesn’t Have.