I Love Stars
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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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6.6 or later



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I Love Stars User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 4.x:
(3)
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MisterE commented on 09 Jun 2013
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.
[Version 4.3]

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MisterE replied on 23 Oct 2013
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.
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MackinTush reviewed on 26 Apr 2013
Great little gem. This little great program makes Apple computing so much more fun.
[Version 4.2.1]


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Lounge Deluxe commented on 06 Jun 2012
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).
[Version 4.1.1]

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Aetnaria replied on 21 Jun 2012
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
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Lounge Deluxe replied on 22 Jun 2012
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.
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MisterE replied on 09 Jun 2013
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
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+398

Donperreault reviewed on 29 Mar 2012
I Love Stars does just what it claims to do and very simply. It's perfect!
[Version 3.6.2]


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big_rod commented on 06 Dec 2011
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.
[Version 3.6]

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Gmapper replied on 26 Feb 2012
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.
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Giovanni-Marcucci reviewed on 17 Jun 2011
It's perfect!
[Version 3.5.4]


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+2

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Martin reviewed on 16 Jun 2011
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.
[Version 3.5.4]


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+2

+147

xati-ba reviewed on 03 Mar 2011
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.
[Version 3.5.2]

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xati-ba replied on 03 Mar 2011
Oops. Unfortunately it seems that SizzlingKeys does everything that this app does and much more for free.
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+1

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Tomeck replied on 15 Jun 2011
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.
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+1

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Mette reviewed on 16 Jan 2011
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.
[Version 3.5.1]

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Aetnaria replied on 11 Feb 2011
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.
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Jazzizm replied on 11 Feb 2011
3.4.1 runs like a charm on my 10.6.6 iMac. No need to upgrade.
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consumerx reviewed on 10 Jan 2011
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?
[Version 3.5.1]

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Potion Factory (developer) replied on 10 Jan 2011
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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+30
Mtcobra had trouble on 11 Sep 2009
Help me out here.... I saw this upgrade to I Love Stars, so I launched my current version thinking it would advise me of the upgrade and I'd pull in the upgrade, but no such notification. So I quit iTunes and proceeded to download directly the 3.2 version. When I tried to replace the old one, it wouldn't, because the older version was in use. I tried to trash the older version but couldn't do that, it was in use. The menu bar stars had disappeared, iTunes was closed, but ILS was still 'in use.'

I'm going to restart my computer THEN move the new version to applications, but this shouldn't be required.

What did I miss/forget? 'case something like this happens again? Oh, CMD/OPT/ESC did not list I Love Stars so I couldn't force-quit. Stumped, but not done yet.
[Version 3.2]

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Steven Goodheart replied on 11 Sep 2009
That's weird behavior, for sure. I downloaded this update...it ran for a few seconds, and then quit, disappearing from the menu bar. And indeed, the Force Quit menu didn't show it running.

If you want to clean everything out and start again, I Love Stars only seems to exist in the Application folder, where you installed it, and:

HD:Users:(you):Library:Caches:com.potionfactory.ILoveStars

and

HD:Users:(you):Library:Preferences:com.potionfactory.ILoveStars.plist

...of course, if you had it as a login item, delete it there.

Good luck on figuring this out. I'm curious to see if others can get it to run on Snow Leopard. It won't run on mine.

+81

Aetnaria rated on 29 Oct 2013

[Version 4.4.1]



+2

RONIN427 rated on 04 Oct 2013

[Version 4.4]



+81

Aetnaria rated on 21 Jun 2012

[Version 4.1.2]



+1

alexbrown rated on 05 Apr 2012

[Version 3.6.2]



+1

Fontgoddess rated on 15 Jun 2011

[Version 3.5.4]



rhessel rated on 22 May 2011

[Version 3.5.3]


Downloads:8,936
Version Downloads:103
Type:Home Personal : Music
License:Commercial
Date:22 Oct 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $1.99
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