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I Love Stars 4.0 Released

It's my pleasure to announce that I Love Stars 4.0 is now available. It's a free upgrade to existing users but it's now priced at $1.99.

It's hard to believe, but I Love Stars will be 4 years old in about 2 weeks. Thinking back to these past 4 years, I've rated a ton of songs with this little tool and I hope that it has helped many of you reading this as well. My goal with the app has always been to provide a distraction-free way to quickly rate songs, and thus, I've kept the design of the app to a bare minimum. The new version, however, adds a little bit more meat to the app. It now has a very minimal iTunes controller that also shows the album cover of the currently playing song. You can see it in action in the movie below:

That little controller is actually a bit more powerful than it looks. If you option click the next or previous button you'll skip or rewind by 10 seconds. You can also hold the button down to fast-forward or rewind your song. Double clicking on the album cover will reveal the song in iTunes.

Previous versions flashed in the menu bar to alert you of unrated songs. In version 4, that has been replaced with a more refined animation. I think that it's slightly more eye-catching, yet even more gentle than before.

Another big change is in the way that half-star ratings are set. It behaves more like iTunes now in that you can click in between stars to get the half-star rating instead of having to double click on the last star. Half-star ratings are disabled by default, just as in iTunes.

That's basically the gist of all the big changes. If you don't have it already and you have lots of songs to rate, you can get I Love Stars from the Mac App Store for just $1.99:

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Happy rating!

Release notes:

  • New pop up window with simple playback controls and album cover art
  • New unrated song alert in menu bar
  • New preference to set keyboard shortcut to set the rating to zero
  • New preference to enable half-star features
  • New preferences to not alert when playing movies, TV shows, and iTunes-U tracks
  • Instead of double-clicking to assign a half-star rating, you can now click in between stars to set half-star ratings, if half-stars are enabled.
  • If half-stars are enabled, pressing the keyboard shortcut for a rating twice results in a half-star being added to the rating instead of subtracted.
  • Bug fixes