CoverSutra
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Attractive way to interface with and control iTunes.   Commercial ($4.99)
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CoverSutra gives music lovers a handy and attractive way to control iTunes without having to leave the currently active application. CoverSutra features a powerful music search feature along with global keyboard shortcuts and informative bezels that provide users with song and album details in an unobtrusive way. In addition, CoverSutra has integrated support for Last.fm, the popular social music recommendation service.
What's New
Version 3.3.1:
  • Fixed the Launch with iTunes feature
  • Fixed an issue with the Launch on Login setting
  • Fixed a possible crash in the music search menu
  • Fixed an issue when adding shared tracks to iTunes DJ
  • CoverSutra no longer submits extended iTunes Store Previews to Last.fm
  • Removed App Sandboxing
Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
  • iTunes 9.0 or later


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CoverSutra User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Jazzyguy commented on 16 Dec 2013
Does NOT work in Lion either.(I had the .dmg file for the Macheist edition saved in my Documents)
[Version 3.3.1]


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Jazzyguy commented on 16 Dec 2013
This app does NOT working Mavericks.I'll try it in Lion.
[Version 3.3.1]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 16 Dec 2013
Works GREAT in SnowLeopard 10.6.8 in both my iMacs. I really like this app. I got in from MacHeist and I love it! It Never crashes!
[Version 3.3.1]


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Gryphonent commented on 17 Aug 2013
What happened with CoverSutra? Taken off the AppStore suddenly and not listed anymore on the developer's website.
[Version 3.3.1]

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Mark Lee replied on 30 Oct 2013
The developer went to work at Apple.

Here's what she wrote about CoverSutra:
"CoverSutra and Xtrail are no longer available for sale and won’t get any more updates either. Both apps flopped and were also plagued with technical issues."
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Mudflapper commented on 26 May 2013
Version 3.3.1 is no longer working with iTunes 11.0.3. Well, the progress bar doesn't work and I'm getting some iTunes crashes and if there's one app that never crashes on me, it's iTunes.

I contacted the developer and Sophia replied a few hours later saying she's now working on a fix for third-party code that seems to be causing the problem(s).
[Version 3.3.1]


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Negritude commented on 21 May 2013
FYI, 2.2.2 can still be downloaded here:

http://sophiestication.s3.amazonaws.com/coversutra/CoverSutra_2.2.2.dmg
[Version 3.3.1]


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Bill Schjelderup reviewed on 10 Feb 2012
The program just works, looks pretty and is supported. I don't work for free and I don't expect the author does either. CoverSutra lets me define control keys, cover art, and lots more. I'm a happy customer.
[Version 3.3.1]


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Mudflapper reviewed on 30 Aug 2011
This is the second time I've purchased CoverSutra. I bought it when it first came out, however many years ago. When I figured out I'd have to pay for the upgrade for Lion, I balked at first, like many of you. I tried all the other alternatives and Bowtie was the closest--I loved the thumbing capability. But Bowtie notoriously doesn't show the artwork properly, at least on my machine, 50% of the time. And when you rate a track, the stars don't reflect that immediately. CoverSutra just works. So, give me all the frownie faces you want. This woman is a fantastic graphic designer and CoverSutra is a joy to use.
[Version 3.2.1]


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Agmaster reviewed on 26 Aug 2011
I have version 2 and tried version 3 out but I think version 2 is much better mostly because when I'm not using iTunes the album cover on my desktop goes away, in version 3 it is always on my desktop plus now the album cover is way to big and there is no way to shrink the size of it. So I paid for something that does the same thing as version 2 but is uglier than version 2.
[Version 3.2.1]

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Mudflapper replied on 30 Aug 2011
If you'd check the prefs you'd see you are able change the size of the album cover, medium (like version 2) and large.
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D-J reviewed on 16 Jul 2011
I've been happy with this product, and with its evolution.

The number of whining comments here is sad. Most seem derived from the Internet expectation of free and cheap, rather than quality and fairness. Being a developer is to be in business. Rent has to be paid. Pricing changes. This is true in the real world, and it is true in the virtual world.

Yet far too many expect anything acquired on the Internet to be either free or very cheap. In any world, real or virtual, you get what you pay for.

If you find a product that doesn't meet your expectations, be constructive in your comments. Far too many here seem rooted in bitterness or selfishness (or from competitors).
[Version 3.2]


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Rspeed had trouble on 01 Jul 2011
For those sticking with version 2 who need to download a fresh copy, the file is available here: http://files.sophiestication.com/coversutra/CoverSutra_2.2.2.dmg
[Version 3.1.1]


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Shock-J had trouble on 25 Feb 2010
Setting a track rating via keyboard shortcut is no longer working for me. Anyone else seeing this?
[Version 2.2.2]

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Dr.-Girlfriend replied on 26 Feb 2010
Works fine for me, SHOCK J. Have you checked your keyboard settings in System Preferences to make sure there aren't any conflicts?
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Shock-J replied on 01 Mar 2010
No, there are no conflicts. Coversutra is seeing/accepting the keystrokes, it simply isn't passing the request to iTunes.
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+29
VeryCarla had trouble on 21 May 2008
Why, when I pause or resume play does CoverSutra put up a bezel which says, "No Playlist Selected"? There most definitely IS a playlist selected, and the music starts or stops as expected.
[Version 2.1.2]

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Sophiestication Software (developer) replied on 22 May 2008
That's sadly one of the many issues in the latest version. I recommend to go back to version 2.0.1 until I've fixed all issues.

You can download version 2.0.1 using the following link:

http://coversutra.com/get/2.0.1/

It turned out that the new framework I'm using caused the troubles. I'm working on fixing that right now.
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VeryCarla replied on 24 May 2008
Thanks for replying! That seems to be the only issue affecting me, and it's not affecting performance, so I'm going to keep using the current version.
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Larsen2k4 had trouble on 11 May 2008
CoverSutra won't search anymore with the new version (2.1.1 and 2.1.2) ... sometimes it takes 30-60 seconds until the results pop up and the same time again to load the covers.
Also it won't show up Growl notifications anymore (only sometimes) - I tried to delete all preferences and caches - but no luck.
After installing 2.0.1 again, everything works fine again.
[Version 2.1.2]


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Jobby had trouble on 11 May 2008
Version 2.1.2 was using over 500Mb (on a 2Gb machine!) less than 10 minutes after launch. That's not good at all - it makes it unusable! (I am running stuff as well as iTunes and CoverSutra :)

The option to use Growl notifications seems to have vanished, too - please can we have this back? I don't want loads of apps that all use their own notifiers: I want everything to work with Growl…
[Version 2.1.2]

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Sophiestication Software (developer) replied on 11 May 2008
The new version uses a totally different kind of memory management (Garbage Collection). This is a great new feature in Leopard, however, it's kinda confusing to users since from time to time the application seems to use extreme high amounts of memory. This is actually not the case, the system will release more memory to other apps when needed.

The Growl preferences are now in the advanced preferences which are hidden by default.

To access advanced preferences:
- Open the application menu
- Press and hold down the Option key.
- Choose Advanced Preferences….
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Jobby replied on 11 May 2008
Ah - found it, thanks!

I didn't realise the garbage collector was to blame there: it does seem a bit slow to release at times, though. Hopefully that'll improve in 10.5.3 :)
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VeryCarla had trouble on 01 Mar 2008
Since moving to the newest beta, scrobbling has been hit-or-miss. Is this CoverSutra or is there a problem with Last.FM?

I have Growl configured to tell me when scrobbling succeeds or fails, and it's giving me no notification when it fails.
[Version 2.1b2]


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globetrotterdk had trouble on 18 Jun 2007
Interesting idea, unfortunately I am experiencing serious problems:

1) All items greyed out in the menu except help, after trying to access help.
2) Choosing preferences don't bring up preferences.
3) What is CoverSutra? Doesn't show up as an app and as I can't force quit when it is misbehaving, I'll have to restart my computer.

Running CoverSutra 1.1.6 on a G5 single (PPC) with OS X 10.4.9 and iTunes 7.2

I have e-mailed the developer, however no response so far.
[Version 1.1.6]

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Sophiestication (developer) replied on 18 Jun 2007
The reason why all menu items are grayed out is probably because you didn't dismissed the "Shareware Dialog". When you open CoverSutra this window will pop up telling you that you can try out CoverSutra for thirty days before buying a license. So you need to click OK on this dialog to try out CoverSutra. I'm sure the window is hidden by another window, just close all windows, until it will be revealed.

I'm not sure why the preferences window does not show up on your mac. You probably just missed the window, you might use Exposé to see if the it was just hidden by a different window.

CoverSutra runs mainly as an application in the background. Those "background applications" doesn't show up in the force quit window, but in the activity viewer application. You can make CoverSutra running as a standard application with Dock icon by selecting the "Show application icon in dock" option in the general preferences.
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globetrotterdk replied on 19 Jun 2007
Thanks for the quick response. I believe all of the problems I experienced are directly related to the license promt. It may be a good idea to have the "show application in dock" preference selected as default for first time users. That way you can just command-tab to the correct app. When this isn't enabled, trying to find the correct window can be a pain if you are not fore warned and have a lot of apps and windows open when trying CoverSutra for the first time.
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Sophiestication (developer) replied on 19 Jun 2007
Actually I had the Dock option enabled by default for this reason, but changed it in the last version because allot of users asked me to change it.

Well, I think I find a better solution for the next release.
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Doug S. had trouble on 29 Mar 2007
I'm using a trial of CoverSutra before I decide whether or not it's worth the cash and I was wondering if there's any way to make it NOT hide when I'm clicked off the app?

I really like it as a mini-player instead of using iTunes and that's kinda what I use it for at this point, however when I click off it the app fades away. Is there a way to disable this? Even when it's in the background I'd like it to be visible.

Is that possible? And, if not, will it ever be a feature in the future?
[Version 1.1.2]

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Sophiestication (developer) replied on 02 Apr 2007
Having the player controls window always on top makes especially sense when using more than one screen at the same time. So I think I will add this as an option in the future.
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Doug S. replied on 15 May 2007
I've been waiting patiently for this CoverSutra to update with the option to not hide the application when clicking off.

Any idea when it's going to be added?

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Rdyornot rated on 15 Apr 2013

[Version 3.3.1]



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jordanwar rated on 29 Aug 2012

[Version 3.3.1]



Appleerwin rated on 28 Aug 2011

[Version 3.2.1]



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Dan1983 rated on 27 Aug 2011

[Version 3.2.1]



Kccheng rated on 17 Jul 2011

[Version 3.2]



Rauto rated on 15 Jul 2011

[Version 3.2]



+15

Petty Evil rated on 29 Mar 2011

[Version 3.1.1]



+23

Spungee rated on 29 Mar 2011

[Version 3.1.1]



+105

Walruscp rated on 29 Mar 2011

[Version 3.1.1]



Pmdf rated on 23 Mar 2011

[Version 3.0.1]


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Version Downloads:2,013
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Commercial
Date:10 Feb 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $4.99
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CoverSutra gives music lovers a handy and attractive way to control iTunes without having to leave the currently active application. CoverSutra features a powerful music search feature along with global keyboard shortcuts and informative bezels that provide users with song and album details in an unobtrusive way. In addition, CoverSutra has integrated support for Last.fm, the popular social music recommendation service.


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