Screensaver are visually attractive and supposedly serve a useful purpose by preventing your Mac’s screen from suffering from the notorious image burn-in prevalent with CRT displays in the past. For today’s LCDs it’s called image persistence and it’s a problem; but not much of one.
My experiences with screen savers through the years hasn’t been pleasant. Sometimes they work, sometimes not, but when not they often locked up the Mac’s screen so years ago I simply set the Energy Saver display configuration to turn off after a few minutes. That works for me, but every now and then I try out a screen saver just to see what all the fuss is about.
With the ScreenSleeves app there’s a fuss and it’s the good kind. If you leave your Mac running with iTunes music playing then ScreenSleeves is the screen saver to use. Not only does it display album cover artwork, it also lists the song title, the artist, the album, the time, and the rating.
Not only does ScreenSleeves handle iTunes music playlists and album artwork, it also works with Spotify, Radiu, Rdio, Snowtape, and others. Plus, it comes with a choice of themes; from classic to text only to a fullscreen mosaic with the Ken Burns motion effect.
And lyrics mosaic. ScreenSleeves can grab album artwork from the web if there’s nothing matching in iTunes. Use your Apple Remote (you still have that and use it, right?) to control both iTunes and Spotify. There’s not much to setup, either.
Is ScreenSleeves free?
Almost. It’s actually donationware, but for Mac users who use screensaver and prefer to have a little iTunes or Spotify music playing in the background, the recommended donation is modest. ScreenSleeves is well done; it’s been around a few years, and gets great reviews. Even if you don’t like using screen savers.