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Clutter - Manage iTunes4 music while collecting album art
Authored by: thebimbo on May 19, '03 11:14:28AM

Folks, played with Clutter but suggest all should look at Synergy whose pop-up now also displays covers from all tunes (incl. iTMS). Also has a useful menu bar.


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Authored by: robg on May 19, '03 12:24:03PM

I tried Synergy, but for me it boiled down to (a) window size -- you can make the Clutter window quite small horizontally, which lets me keep it near the right edge of my screen and visible at all times, (b) the ability to drag images to the desktop to make virtual albums is quite cool ;-), and (c) cost -- $5.00 isn't much, but it's infinitely more expensive than free. Given that both of these more or less replace functionality that I can already get with iTunes itself, free seems like the way to go for me.

But that's not to say Synergy is a bad app -- it's quite good on its own merits, and it's "click proof" semi-transparent windows are truly innovative. Obviously, people should try both and pick the one they prefer! These PotW entries are simply the picks that reflect my choices.


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Authored by: truhe on May 20, '03 05:12:34AM

well, this is not that innovative, since it is what mac os x uses for ejecting cds, manipulating volume and so on. and synergy is shareware. this is not bad, but i prefer the freeware pthitunesnotifier. lets you manage itunes via keystrokes, adds a menu extra to switch songs and can show a transparent window with information of the currently played (or switched to) song. perfectly. clutter i use for frequent access to albums on my desktop.

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Authored by: eno on May 21, '03 11:13:34AM

True, $5 isn't much.

But applications take time to develop. Lots of time. Thousands of lines of code etc. There's no reason why they should be free. Developers have a right to ask for compensation for their time, and for the bandwidth they must pay for in distributing the software.

Disclaimer: I submitted one of the button sets for Synergy, so that's why I like it.

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