Playing music in iTunes on my Mac has become boring. That’s even more so after I added a second display to my Mac. iTunes eye candy to the rescue.
All I needed to pump up my musical experience was a 3D visualization plugin for iTunes. You know what that means. Fancy exploding graphics, rendered to the beat of the music on my Mac.
How Much Is That Plugin In The Window?
Visualization plugins for iTunes have been around a long time. What they do seems simple enough. Colorful graphics explode onscreen in sync with the music that’s playing in iTunes.
Through the years I’ve added a few plugins here and there, depending on my mood at the time.
Every graphic visualization plugin is different and the good ones have multiple effects and themes.
DiscBrick is an iTunes plugin that comes with dozens of pixel pumping graphic features, effects, and themes which can be mixed and matched to reflect your mood, the setting, the music, or all of them at once.
Effects controls are a little complicated at first, but give you plenty of control over themes, effects, and functions.
Use the included themes or customize them to create your own for different occasions, moods, or music.
Plenty of functionality is included with DiscoBrick. Use your Mac’s built-in iSight camera in full resolution. Add a video projector for a large group setting where iTunes supplies the music (disco lives!).
DiscoBrick comes with hot keys which change the frame rate, move to the next theme, backup to a previous theme, and so on.
Negatives? A few. You’ll need a Mac with a hefty CPU and better than average graphic card to make full use of the pixel pumping effects and features. It works very well on Snow Leopard and recent versions of iTunes, but for OS X Lion, you’ll have to use the 32-bit version of iTunes 10 (instead of the 64-bit version).
While DiscoBrick is a try-before-you-buy Mac app, the licensing is a bit odd—one for personal use (only on a single Mac), and one for public use (parties, concerts, television, etc.).