Please keep updating it. To the user that gave it a 1-star review because the developer removed a chime sound, do you really need a chime sound if you get a notification? I don't understand.
My go-to iTunes controller. Condensed when not in use, expanded to show the current star rating while iTunes is playing (while making it 1-click easy to rate or re-rate a song), and nearly as quick to pause, skip ahead or go back on a song (hover, slide down, click). Be aware that it spams the console something awful though, with lots of "Stars: AppleEvents: Send port for process has no send right, port=( port:36667/0x8f3b rcv:1,send:0,d:0 limit:5) (findOrCreate()/AEMachUtils.cp #526) com.apple.main-thread”.
Karelia bought this app—and RUINED it.
I’m SPEECHLESS that the developer has REMOVED what, for me, was the #1 feature of the app: The pleasant, *audible chime* that played, about 20 seconds before the end of each song, reminding us to rate the song. After purchasing Stars from Potion Factory, some genius at Karelia apparently thought it was a good idea to REMOVE one of PRIMARY features of the app. FIVE MONTHS AGO, I wrote them, asking them to reinstate the chime. Five months later, no change. Why buy an app that has basically 3 features, then REMOVE one of those features? Do NOT waste your money on Stars until it’s fixed. ------------------------- [Previous review.] "No, it’s NOT the same.” I’m not affiliated with Stars’ developer, but was bothered by another user's tepid review, claiming that Stars is “the same as the old version.” Except it’s not. After using I Love Stars for several years, I was pleasantly surprised to discover its reincarnation as Stars. As I write, I’m literally running both apps simultaneously, so I can compare them. So, what’s new in Stars? • It’s been redesigned for Yosemite. If you’re someone who appreciates good design — the way an app looks, feels, and integrates with the OS, you’ll appreciate the work that’s gone into Stars. While I Love Stars was still functional, its appearance was quite dated. Stars looks much better. (Not everyone is able to appreciate design. So, your opinion may vary.) • The artwork display is about twice as big. (If you appreciate artwork, you’ll appreciate this change.) • The transport controls are now displayed as a semi-transparent sheet that’s superimposed over the artwork. It’s a slick, clever design that becomes less transparent when moused over. The sheet over the artwork works well in *most* situations, but not in all. Sometimes you want to see the entire image. With that in mind... DEVELOPER: (a) I’d love the ability to click the artwork and have it slide down, so I can see the entire cover, unobstructed. (b) I’d also love the option to grab a corner and *resize* the artwork — with my selected size being retained until I change it again. • The pop-up (when iTunes is not currently playing) has also been nicely redesigned and streamlined. • A progress bar has been added with a handle that you can grab to jump to the desired part of the song. • Stars now takes advantage of Notification Center, which is a welcome addition. So, in fact quite a bit is new about Stars. But perhaps one must appreciate subtlety to notice. :-) The other reviewer also said "it’s a shame to pay $3 for a formerly-free app." (No doubt, what s/he actually meant was it’s a shame to *charge* $3, because certainly no one forced him/her to *pay* $3. Furthermore, Stars’ features are documented in the description and screenshots! So I’m not sure how anyone could feel “misled," provided s/he took a moment to read about the app before purchasing it.) :-) Conversely, after using the free version for several years, I now know how useful it is. So, I was happy to pay a mere $3 for a refreshed, modern version. That said, I’ll add that if it were priced at $1, they’d probably sell many more copies, since $3 is more than some users will want to pay for a “simple” app. Enjoy Stars! P.S. DEVELOPER: The sweet spot for invoking the pop-up is too wide. It’s too easy to accidently trigger the pop-up, when reaching for adjacent menubar items. Please make the “trigger area” *narrower* to lessen the frequency these accidents. (Of course, if you believe some users will prefer the current behavior, you might consider making the narrower trigger area a preference. Thanks!)
Not really that useful - extremely limited functions.
I used to have “You Control” on my Mac. Not only was it absolutely loaded with features, you could put some of the more useful ones directly on the menu bar. So for iTunes, you could have song name, rating, time, pause play etc. (Plenty of other feature s could be put into the menu bar as well) I have been using “Menubar" but I hate that I have to click, bring down a menu, then go to the rating submenu before I can rate something. So I was given the impression I could rate a song using “Stars", and thought great. But again, if I want to do anything other than rate a song, I have to use the pop down menu that appears when I hover my mouse over it. I don’t understand obsessions with cover art – I don’t look at a song when I play it, I listen to it. Why bother? Not exactly useless, but not worth the price.
Extremely well done
long time user of the free app. not a ton of changes, but still, throw the dev the $3. this is one of the few apps i install on every machine i'm on.