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I Love Stars is a menu item that lets you rate iTunes songs from your menubar.

What's New

Version 4.4.1:
  • Fixed iTunes getting relaunched after the user has quit the application.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.6 or later

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MisterE Member IconComment+530
MisterE
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It's a pretty nice idea but, for me it uses up too much precious menu bar space.

You can rate songs, as they're playing, using keyboard shortcuts and do a whole lot more for free with the awesome app Quicksilver. I use it for almost everything from launching apps to moving files, searching my computer, etc.

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Version 4.3
MisterE
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Maybe if it was just 1 star in the menu bar and then a vertical drop-down where you set the rating. That would use very little menu bar space.

MackinTush Member IconReview+8
MackinTush
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Great little gem. This little great program makes Apple computing so much more fun.

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Version 4.2.1
Lounge Deluxe Member IconComment+197
Lounge Deluxe
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I've tried ILS and indeed it does what is says. But no matter how much I would like to use start rating the thing that keeps me from it is the fact that (at least to my knowledge) there is no way to save and export the star ratings for your music library.

Of course this has nothing to do with I Love Stars but all with Apple, and I've given up hope that Apple will ever save the star ratings hard coded in at least AAC and Apple Lossless file formats (as tag information).

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Version 4.1.1
Aetnaria
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The file "iTunes Music Library.xml" on your computer holds the ratings you have set for each and every track in your iTunes library (along with a ton of other info, of course).

iTunes -> File -> Library -> Export Library...

Check out Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes:
http://dougscripts.com/itunes/itinfo/importfromtext.php

Lounge Deluxe
+0

Exactly my point, the star ratings are saved in the iTunes library file which is a bad way to save these ratings. If a music file or folder is moved or renamed and then re-entered into the iTunes library then the iTunes library file is clueless about the star ratings issued to those music files. Also if you decide to move your iTunes library to an external drive or simply copy the library to another computer you own, the iTunes library file forgets all about star ratings.

So we either need Apple to include star ratings in the music file tag or have clever third party apps find and recognize music files that had star ratings before and have those star ratings applied to the moved or re-inserted files.

MisterE
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I agree, ratings should be embedded in the tags so when you take the file to another device your rating goes with it.

Even play counts could be embedded this in tags this way for portability. It would be awesome if play counts were still stored in the xml library as they are now but add an option to embed the play count info all at once. This would cut down on Time Machine backups getting huge from constantly modifying the file every time it's played to update the 'playcounter' field.
Changing the rating is a one time thing though.

id3 tag field mappings: http://help.mp3tag.de/main_tags.html#MM

Donperreault Member IconReview+600
Donperreault
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I Love Stars does just what it claims to do and very simply. It's perfect!

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Version 3.6.2
big_rod Member IconComment+51
big_rod
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MacApp-store only, means it's basically unusable for me since I don't use the MAS. The earlier versions worked fine, it does what it does - just get an older version.

Don't encourage the developer by buying this on MAS and give Apple 30% and your personal info for free.

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Version 3.6
Gmapper
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Instead of "Don't encourage the developer by buying this on MAS", how about not discouraging the developer by giving a useful little 99 cent app a half-star rating because you personally don't like the Mac App Store? Are you going through all of MacUpdate marking down everything that sells through the Mac App Store, and giving 5 stars to everything that doesn't?

Next time, review the app fairly, and take up your complaints about the MAS distribution method somewhere more appropriate.

Giovanni-Marcucci Member IconReview+1
Giovanni-Marcucci
+1

It's perfect!

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Version 3.5.4
Martin Member IconReview+96
Martin
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I really like I Love Stars and have used it for several months, even before it switched to the Mac App Store.
It works very well, and is the first app that really brought me to apply a star rating to most of my songs. The subtle blinking and the sound are a great “reminder“ to apply your rating now.

I would have preferred an non MAS-version as I dont’t like to wait for an Apple approved version if a new or bugfix version is to be released. But I have paid for it anyway simply to support the developer.

It never crashed on my Mac and makes me a happy camper. It would be a full 5 star rating but I have to cut a half star off because of the Mac App Store only approach.

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Version 3.5.4
xati-ba Member IconReview+237
xati-ba
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Excellent app! I especially like the shortcut functions. If you could add one for 0 stars (unrated) it would be perfect.

It would have been nice to have this app for free but $1 is quite reasonable, the people would complain about the price and the app store have probably wasted about the same amount of money in terms of lost productivity simply by expressing their views on Macupdate.

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Version 3.5.2
xati-ba
+2

Oops. Unfortunately it seems that SizzlingKeys does everything that this app does and much more for free.

Tomeck
+1

I bought SzzlingKeys Pro (§ 4.95) just to support its developer a long time ago and I agree that it is a very good app. However, I also have a copy of I Love Stars just for the reason that it is able to assign half-star ratings what SZ still doesn't provide (as far as I know). In adition, the menu bar approach of ILS is quite nice and some of the functions of SK you don't need on an MacBook because of the function keys.

Mette Member IconReview+1
Mette
+1

I have really enjoyed the free version of this app, and currently have version 3.4.1 on my Mac. I see no mention anywhere that this version does not work on OS X 10.6.6, but that must be the case, as it no longer launches. The developer's website no longer mentions the app at all, so perhaps he will respond on this site with information on version compatibility.

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Version 3.5.1
Aetnaria
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3.4.1 still runs fine on my MacBook Pro with 10.6.6 installed. It forgets to launch itself (ie I have to do it), but otherwise works just fine. Truly a terrific app.

Jazzizm
+0

3.4.1 runs like a charm on my 10.6.6 iMac. No need to upgrade.

consumerx Member IconReview+3
consumerx
+0

Review is for 3.2 version...
Firstly, I am disappointed that I discovered this application too late. And by that, of course I mean the newly initiated App Store requirement. I have no issue with paying a few bucks for the app, 'tis just that I am still running that ever so old 10.5 OS X version. However, I discovered the freeware 3.2 version still hosted on that other software website .... softronic . (At least until the dev reads this review, I suppose. ;-P )

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In short, this application does exactly as described.
I discovered accidently that holding down the command key provides 1/2 star rating. A pleasant surprise!

On a slight aside, my Mac Mini is tethered to an Apple Bluetooth Aluminum Keyboard that has the multimedia keys. If there was some way to remap the useless brightness keys (no compatibility with non-Apple monitors) to interface with I Love Stars (or iTunes) as rating keys, I would be super pleased. My searching on remapping the special multimedia keys has been unsuccessful. Any ideas people?

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Version 3.5.1
Potion Factory (Developer)
+1

Unfortunately, as far as I know, there is no way that an application can override those keys without doing some major hacking around the OS.

It's great that you found the 10.5 compatible version. I'll leave it alone if it helps people still on 10.5.

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Aetnaria
Version 4.4.1
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Aetnaria
Version 4.1.2
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alexbrown
Version 3.6.2
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Fontgoddess
Version 3.5.4
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rhessel
Version 3.5.3
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Details

Downloads 9,012
Version Downloads 179
License Commercial
Date 22 Oct 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $1.99