If you are meticulous about your iTunes music library as I am, you’ve found a way (either manually or via one of several apps) to tag all of those ripped/downloaded albums and tracks that didn’t come from the iTunes store with the proper album artwork. While Coverflow has been sent to pasture, it’s still more than aesthetically pleasing to be able to peruse your albums without seeing the default untagged album icon; the visual queues of album artwork make it easier to scan large libraries effectively.
So now that you’ve matched all of those albums to their artwork, now what? Do they have to stay hidden in your Music library, never to be seen except when you scan iTunes? I’ve stumbled across a little gem of a plug in that will help you get more mileage out of your dedication for artistic accuracy. DockArt is a simple bit of code that will display the album artwork of the track you’re playing on your dock instead of the traditional iTunes dock icon. The plug in has some clever configurations available, allowing you to display a progress bar, make the artwork icon round or square, or even shuffle among all images you have associated with that album (little known feature of iTunes: you can have multiple images that serve as the albums ‘cover’).
DockArt is compatible with both Intel and PowerPC Macs running OSX version 10.4 or later. Best all this clever plug in is free (although if you enjoy it as much as I do the author asks for you to make a donation to Fidelco, an organization dedicated to guide dogs for the visually impaired).
- Apple releases iTunes 11.0.3 with redesigned MiniPlayer, optimizations (gearlive.com)
- Power to the Art….Work! (thembatimss86buthelezi.wordpress.com)
- iTunes 11 tips and tricks (reviews.cnet.com)
- Beautiful New iOS Music App Concept [Images] (iClarified.com)