Whether before class, during breaks, or after class, teacher after teacher pops in white earbuds and listens to music. Streaming internet radio is all the rage these days with Pandora, Spotify, and iTunes Radio. One thing every listener wants is album art for each song being streamed. Here’s one way to get more.
Pop Up Album Art
Why iTunes doesn’t provide album art for every song in iTunes, whether purchased from Apple or not, is a business decision that I don’t quite understand.
After all, Apple is all about the user experience, and who better than Apple to provide album art for every artist, song, or album?
CoverToaster is the inexpensive Mac app which finds album art to match what the internet radio station or streaming service plugged into your ears.
How it works is simple. Start up CoverToaster and startup whatever you use to listen to internet radio– iTunes, Radium, SnowTape, FStream, even Pulsar.
CoverToaster grabs matching album art to match, including whatever album art you already have in iTunes and brings it to the Mac’s screen.
What if you don’t use iTunes to stream internet radio stations?
Enter InTune, an even less expensive internet streaming radio app that works with CoverToaster and handles most any station, but also works with subscription services DI.FM, Sky.FM, JazzRadio.com.
All is good, right? Almost.
I’ve had some trouble with CoverToaster working with my fav, Radium (hit or miss), but the album artwork selection has been very good. As to InTune, it melds nicely with CoverToaster but it’s a very simple internet streaming radio app (decent station listings, but doesn’t record audio for playback in iTunes) that just works, doesn’t hog the Mac’s CPU, and doesn’t clog anything up with unneeded bells and whistles.