I make no secret of the fact that I love things that glitter. And I’m not even blonde (not that there’s anything wrong with that).
So, my Mac is somewhat cluttered with colorful one-trick-pony apps, apps with cute icons, apps that do something whether they really should or not. Take iTunes album art. What a great addition to iTunes, right? Where else could that album art go?
Microscopic Album Art For The Masses
Through the years we’ve reviewed half a dozen Mac apps that help iTunes collect album art. Yes, album art. Those colorful CD cover images that Apple provides to you when you buy music on iTunes.
The fun part is using Cover Flow to flip through your iTunes music’s album art.
Alright, to be fair. That’s really just eye candy. I mean, who flips through a gazillion album covers to find an album among many?
If necessity is the mother of invention, what do we call an invention that has no real or useful need? Congress? But I digress. Today, we’ll just call it DockArt, a colorful little app with the second lowest price tag* you can have on a Mac app.
What it does is simple. When music plays in iTunes, if there’s a corresponding album art, that gets displayed in the Dock. It looks like this:
That’s it. And you were worried that it would be less than useful eye candy.
Even better, this eye candy comes with more controls and options than functions.
The Settings are almost, but not quite completely self explanatory.
There’s an option to skew the album art, ostensibly so the badge tag (the one with the number) looks a little better. It doesn’t.
There’s also an option to park a small iTunes icon along with the album art. That’s just in case you forget that the album art means iTunes is playing.
The little (or, big, because it’s in the way of the album art) badge with the number is for the podcasts that haven’t been listened too. Alright. It’s a big number. I have kids and I’m busy.
*second lowest price tag: Here’s how I figure it. The lowest price tag is when someone pays me to use their product. The second lowest price tag, naturally, would be free.
DockArt is free and does what it says it’ll do. Put album art in the Dock.