iRate
iRate
1.4

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iRate free download for Mac

iRate

1.4
05 August 2005

Widget for rating current song in iTunes.

Overview

iRate is a tiny widget that rates the current song playing in iTunes. It shows the song's current rating, title, and artist as well.

What's new in iRate

  • New design
  • Track info displays nicely now
  • Other minor tweaks

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Anonymous
15 May 2005

Most helpful

Show any information (title song, at least) about the music being played would be nice.
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Version 0.1
Anonymous
06 August 2005
This really needs to change it's name. It's conflicting with the GOOD version of "iRate" which rates songs automatically. I don't know about you guys, but I've got 4000 songs in my library and rating them all is too slow. The original iRate does this job automatically.
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Version 1.4
Anonymous
27 May 2005
I managed to cut the intial delay (when you first switch to dashboard) down a bit more. Interstingly the iTunes widget by apple seems to slow mine down a few seconds-- my guess is that they are both asking for info in a similar way and that my widget has to wait.
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Version 1.1
Anonymous
22 May 2005
Much snappier than 0.9! Now seems to be responsive at the same time as Apple's iTunes widget... Thanks for the improvements --the guy who made the "sluggish" comment below
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
22 May 2005
things seem to be kosher now, i'd like to cut the delay in refresh down a bit more, but 6 seconds doesn't seem unacceptable. right?
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Version 1.0
Anonymous
22 May 2005
in response to the comments below: i'll be fixing things soon, sorry for the trouble. though i should say that rich is not quite correct in his comments. nothing gets "compiled." the problem is that osasript is running too often. java sends an applescript command through terminal, osascript doesnt (please correct me if i am wrong) compile anything, it's just a command. the real problem is i tried to fix the the refresh rate-- there is no delay (it's not quite the same thing) and made things a little screwy. that is easy enough to fix though. the real problem is the delay when you first switch to dashboard-- which is what i am working on right now. partially this is dashboard's fault, but i am pretty sure most of it is mine. finally, i'd like add that if you can make a better one please do. i don't mean that in a rude or angry way. i'd really like it if there was a great widget for this. i only wrote this because the only other widget like this was being offered as shareware-- i'm not familar enough with (nor interested in learning cocoa) and to be honest i think that it's probably overkill.
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Version 0.9
Anonymous
19 May 2005
I noticed my fans whirring, and very high processor usage by osascript (though top and ps wouldn't tell me the script argument). Removing the iRate widget from Dashboard solved the problem. It appears that it's pretty much busy-waiting, calling osascript to see if iTunes is running. osascript isn't lightweight at all -- it has to compile the script anew each time. If you're going to go this route, I'd make a simple Cocoa .widgetplugin and have it precompile the Applescripts -- or, better yet, subscribe to iTunes' notifications and expose them to the widget.
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Version 0.9
Anonymous
18 May 2005
Nice and simple -- but very sluggish! When I switch to Dashboard, it takes a good 20 seconds or more for iRate to update with the current song info -- and the response to clicks (e.g., to change the rating) is similarly slow. I'm on a fast AlBook, so I shouldn't be getting such slow responses. (I have complaints about sluggishness regarding many of the Apple-supplied widgets, too, so it's not just this one widget -- but it's particularly noticeable with this one)
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Version 0.9
Anonymous
16 May 2005
I think/hope this widget is running smoothly enough now and there aren't any new features to add-- I want to keep this widget simple. Unless there are any new issues this might be fully matured. Thanks for the feedback folks.
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Version 0.9
Anonymous
16 May 2005
Seems to lag whenever the song changes.. a nice feature would be instead of updating every few seconds to update when the song changes, but other then that, this is an awesome little widget, nice job!
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Version 0.5
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Anonymous
Anonymous
16 May 2005
it was lag so much as it was refreshing at a set interval (like you mention). This was an incredibly dumb way of doing things-- thanks for pointing it out. as you suggested, the refresh is based on track length now-- it happens 1 second after a song ends. thanks again, i have no clue why i didn't think of that...
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Version 0.6
Anonymous
Anonymous
16 May 2005
typo'ed. that should have been "it *wasn't* lag so much as..."
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Version 0.6
Anonymous
16 May 2005
Sorry to anyone that downloaded 0.4, the code that checked to see if music is playing was starting up iTunes (often). It is fixed now, I don't know how I overlooked that.
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Version 0.4
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App requirements: 
  • PPC 32
  • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
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