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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:

Potion Factory and The Mac App Store

Yesterday, the shape of the Mac software landscape changed forever and I'm happy to have been a part of it from the beginning. All of my Mac software except The Hit List are available at the Mac App Store. Here is a status report of where things stand with the Potion Factory apps.

I Love Stars 3.0

UPDATE (1/6/2011): I Love Stars is now available exclusively at the Mac App Store for the price of $1.

I'm happy to announce that I Love Stars 3.0 is out! Please consider it my small Christmas present to fellow Mac users as it continues to be free.

I Love Stars 2.0 was a little menubar application that did just two things: 1) show you the star rating of iTunes' currently playing song and 2) let you click to set a new rating.

Version 3 keeps to its simple mission but adds two important new features:

I Love Stars

I Love Stars has a new home now at Karelia Software. If you have any questions, suggestions, or need support for it, please go to our new support page.

UPDATE (1/6/2011): I Love Stars is now available exclusively at the Mac App Store for the price of $1.

I Love Stars Icon

"I Love Stars" is my new freebie application that shows the rating of iTunes' currently playing song in the menu bar. Before I say anything else, here's the download link.

I spent a good part of yesterday solving a problem that's been bugging me. That is, how to rate songs in iTunes with as few brain cycles as possible.

You tend to get distracted switching back and forth from iTunes and even rating songs with iTunes' dock menu is not fast enough when your hands are on the keyboard. Apps like QuickSilver and CoverSutra already solve a big chunk of the problem by letting you assign keyboard shortcuts for raising and lowering ratings—I have command-option-control-up and down arrow set to raise and lower the rating, for example—but I needed a way to quickly see what the rating actually is before changing it.