50 Mac Essentials #1: I Love Stars

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I Love Stars is one of those apps that does one thing and does it very well. It sits in your Menu Bar and lets you rate songs as they’re playing in iTunes.

Go hunting around for them, and you’ll find dozens of iTunes controllers. Some of them sit in the Menu Bar, some sit in your Dashboard, some are apps in their own right. And almost all of them include some sort of functionality for rating songs.

But I Love Stars is different because rating songs is the only thing it does. It has no control features. You can’t use it to switch to another playlist or browse your music library, or even pause what’s playing.

All you can do is rate the song that’s playing. The best thing about it is that you can rate that song without leaving what you’re doing. Just one click in the Menu Bar and it’s done.

So if you’re happy with the song playback controls you already have, but want an easier way to rate stuff as it drifts by – I Love Stars is the simplest way to do it.

(You’re reading the 1st post in our series, 50 Essential Mac Applications. Read more.)