My Mac’s Menubar is home to a few dozen apps which do a little of this or that, but only one lets me rate music that’s playing on iTunes. I Love Stars sits in the Menubar and displays the playing song’s rating.
That’s all well and good but there’s more. If a song is playing that’s unrated, I Love Stars will remind you that it needs a rating. Click the blank stars (I’m not sure how else to describe the little dots that make up the star rating when there is no rating for a playing song) to rate a song.
I Love Stars also features a mini-player which lets you view album cover artwork, play or pause a song, even jump ahead to the next song or back to the previous song.
To make rating easier, you don’t have to point to the blank starts (see above) but can assign a keyboard shortcut to add or change a rating.
Considering the price, this is a handy addition to the Mac’s Menubar, but it’s missing a few must-have features.
First, I’d like to click and get a drop down menu of iTunes’ playlists. Second, a built-in volume control would be handy. And, finally, I’d like to be able to batch rate songs within a playlist, instead of waiting for the song to play.