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Cover Stream... Control, browse and search you music, without interrupting your workflow. Cover Stream presents you with iTunes Cover Flow view in a floating, stylish window right on your Desktop, for quick and easy access from any application.

Key features include playlist filter, keyword searches, integrated songs browser, full screen mode, Last FM scrobbling, Growl support, Apple Remote control, Apple-flavored bezels, inbuilt notification system, desktop artwork, global, fully customizable hotkeys, status bar menu, and much more!

What's New

Version 2.6.6:
  • Addresses an issue setting iTunes repeat mode
  • Addresses an issue where Cover Stream could relaunch iTunes on quit
  • No longer shows iPhone Purchases (iBooks) playlist
  • Updated Apple Remote driver
  • Updated Feedback Reporter
  • Updated credits
  • Updated links to Snarbsoft
  • Cover Stream Help links to online support


  • Mac OS X 10.5 or later
  • iTunes 7.5 or later

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andresks Member IconComment+19

this only happens to me?

I use to set in the Cover Stream's Preference to open and close along with iTunes, but I have a problem when I close the itunes Cover Stream stays on. After i quit iTunes immediately iTunes open again (by it self, i dont touch anything) and Cover Stream closes, but now itunes is open, and always i need to quit iTunes twice...

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Version 2.6.6
Dvessel Member IconReview+28

The Good:

• Handsome pop-up window to browse in a Cover Flow like view.
• Minimal UI clutter. Can run in the background without a dock or a menu item.
• Keyboard controls for the standard next/play/pause/etc… Can also rate with the keyboard. Big deal to me.
• Last.fm integration. Just scrobbing but their "upgrade" Everplay goes a lot further in this direction.

The Bad:

• Hoards memory like there's no tomorrow. Often mirrors iTunes memory usage. I wouldn't mind this so much but this leads me to the next point.
• After running for a while, keyboard combos don't immediately register. If you're eating that much RAM, could you make good use of it and be responsive? I'm talking 5-7 second delays while the system is pretty much idle.
• Quitting iTunes will randomly confuse Cover Stream and try to relaunch iTunes.
• Will often forget to "Scrob" to last.fm. Must relaunch to remind it.
• Column position for album tracks not remembered. It's a beautiful app but that last 10% isn't there.

The Ugly:

• This is the end of the line. Except for any glaring errors preventing it from running, all future developments will go into Everplay. This is according to the Snarbsoft forums.
• "Free upgrades for life!" is the claim made on the product homepage. Life? End of life? What?
• The features in Everplay was intended to be in Cover Stream but it diverged so badly that their customers objected. Surprising? I don't think so. Now they are split into two products.
• You can upgrade at a discount. I have no problems with this but Snarbsoft should be clear about what you're buying. I shouldn't have to dig into their forums to find out that Cover Stream has effectively reached EOL.

Overall it's a good product but the creators lack clear direction and I believe it has hurt them since there was a lot of potential for Cover Stream.

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Version 2.6.5
andresks Member IconComment+19

For Cover Stream Dev:

I really like this app, but it's buggy yet...so, i have a question to the dev.
Are you forget Cover Stream? i don't need more functions, All I need is this
program to work fine.

i need to know if this app is discontinued, to switch to another similar app.
(but not everplay, because I do not want to spend more money on this & simply I don't like)

The bugs in my mac are:
1. When quiting itunes, the itunes starts again, and i need to quit twice, im not shure but, I think the problem is in the "Cover Stream launcher"
2. The repeat button don't work in the Cover Stream controls.

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Version 2.6.5
Flounder Member IconComment+28

With the release of everplay will development cease on coverstream?

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Version 2.6.5
Hafdis Member IconReview+23

I like this app, but it's fairly slow. I constantly get a spinning beach-ball when using with Snow Leopard. Also, I thought there was lyric support, but I haven't been able to find any options for displaying lyrics anywhere in the application.

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Version 2.6.5
Ikari Member IconComment+0

I like this app, but why are all the controls taken away when you're in full screen view? like the search function and the play scroller? and yeah, being able to play a song??
This seems really odd to me and rather limiting. I'm trying to set up my mac mini as a media hub with a touch screen display so having the option to have all the controls in full screen view would be great. Would that be possible in an upcoming update?
Also, it would look better if the albums spun around like they do on the ipod touch with tracks on the back of the album art.

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Version 2.6.5
md828 Member IconReview+42

This app has potential but there is a flaw that makes it unusable for me. Every time that the app is launched, all the artwork is missing, it needs to be "re-cached" and it only populates artwork when the user scrolls. This defeats the whole purpose of artwork and cover flow.

There are some other flaws that make it painful to use:

• Column widths aren't remembered. The tracks pane gets a huge width with wasted space by default and it can't be changed so that the app remembers it when relaunched.

• The progress bar is confusing, I thought it was drag-able area in the window when I first used the app. So when I tried moving the window, instead I found it was a progress bar.

• Double-clicking on an album doesn't play the album. One needs to click on an album and then go to the track listing, and double click on a track. Not as user-friendly as it could be.

• When hovering over the OSD (on screen display) the pop-up menu is unpredictable, sometimes it appears sometimes it doesn't, also it disappears too easily, and the position is also unpredictable. Also when using the OSD on a secondary display, the pop-up menu appears on the primary display.

• Ratings can't be edited visually.

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Version 2.6.2
reposed Member IconComment+1

Snow Leopard broke support for displaying artwork on the desktop. It displays it, you just can't move it to another location any more.

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Version 2.6.2
Snarb.tk (Developer)

This was fixed in the Snow Leopard update (2.6.3)

jazzyguy Member IconComment+3699

I don't Get it!!!! How is this different from Coverflow which is available FREE on Macupdate?

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Version 2.6.2
Snarb.tk (Developer)

Perhaps you will notice the differences if you try it out? You can also read about some of the main features at http://www.coverstream.net.

Danny_2 Member IconReview+1

I like this app a lot, as an iTunes controller i prefer it it over CoverSutra. The Cover Flow is great, the art on the desktop is great, the controls in the menubar are great, like I said: I like it a lot. There's just one thing I don't like about it: after a few hours of playing music Cover Stream turns out to be an immense memory hog: it consumes 1.5 GB of memory! I have to quit the app to reclaim my memory. Anyone seeing this problem? I'll write the developer about it, otherwise it's back to CoverSutra for me. 3 stars for now.

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Version 2.6
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Downloads 17,509
Version Downloads 3,234
License Shareware
Date 07 Sep 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price $14.95
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