Yes, as a bona fide, card carrying tech support person slaving for the man, I keep iTunes running (headphones on) through much of the day. What’s not running is a little visual inspiration in the form of album cover art, or details about which song is playing at the moment. I can stop and dig it up but it’s better if it just works. That’s ScreenSleeves.
Album Cover Art
When it comes to my music collection, don’t think of me as old school. I’m not into vinyl. My parents were but I’m actually afraid to touch the records and it’s my understanding they actually sound worse over time. What recording albums had back in the day that we don’t get much of today is the delicious variety and works of art known as album cover art.
CDs have something similar but whatever art there is in a CD is just too small to be impressive. Worse, digital download music relegates album cover art collectors to relatively small images for albums and songs. And, most of us get our music from different sources–iTunes, CDs, friends, old Napster collections, and occasionally records– that any kind of album art collection has gaps.
Enter ScreenSleeves, a free screensaver for your Mac which displays the album cover art as part of the screensaver, and displays artist, track information, and even lyrics at the same time.
ScreenSleves works with iTunes, Spotify, Snowcap, Ecoute, Rdio, Swinsian, and the Pandora app Hermes, and it automatically detaches which one is playing what song, grabs the album cover art (if available) and information from the currently playing track.
The app comes with multiple different themes (needs more; you can never have enough themes). You can display the time on the screensaver, too. The album cover art and artist details are displayed artistically and without screen clutter.
And, of course, you can still use Apple Remote to control forward/backward, volume up/down as well as play/pause, on iTunes or Spotify.
ScreenSleeves is decent, not expensive, and just works. The nominally priced Pro version of ScreenSleeves ads bitrate display options, sample rate, file type, and support ScreenSleeves Broadcaster to put the album art data onto a screensaver on another Mac.