Stars
Stars
5.1.2

2.0

Stars free download for Mac

Stars5.1.2

16 December 2017

Rate iTunes songs from the menubar.

Overview

Stars lets you rate the currently playing song in iTunes from your menu bar with a single click of the mouse. After enough songs are rated, you can use the data to create smart playlists that contains your most favorite music in iTunes.

Features
  • You can see the current song's rating with a quick glance at the menu bar
  • Stars notifies you to rate a song if it's unrated when you're 3/4th of the way through the song
  • Play/pause, next, and previous buttons to control iTunes. Option clicking the previous/next buttons skips and rewinds by 10 seconds. Holding down on the buttons will fast-forward and rewind
  • View album cover art while rating the current track
  • You can setup keyboard shortcuts to change the rating with
  • Correctly shows album ratings and half-star ratings
  • It takes up room to show the stars in the menubar only when iTunes is playing

What's new in Stars

Version 5.1.2:
  • Minor fixes

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39 Reviews of Stars

5
Dr-Girlfriend
05 September 2009
Version: 3.1

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You know how you start listening to iTunes, putting it in the background so you don't get distracted from your work, then a new song comes on that you really like, so you go back to iTunes to rate it, then you notice the song is from a compilation and it's tagged all wrong, so you start re-tagging it, then you notice that the entire album the song came from is also tagged wrong, and the artwork is missing (or worse, it's a 50kb x 50kb square photo that you grabbed from google images when you were drunk and burping up beer and pizza fumes so toxic it nearly melted your monitor), and the albums next to it are also tagged wrong because the dillhole who uploaded it put the genre down as "Spoken Word" instead of "Rock" and embedded his stupid sig, BiGgIe B@LLz MuZiK BoY!, in the comments? Now you have no choice but to drop everything you're doing to address these crimes against your music library and once you get started, you simply can't stop, and the next thing you know, it's 5pm - time to go home! You just wasted your entire flipping day fixing your iTunes library. Again. Well one day, my friend, you will realize that "perfecting" your iTunes library is an impossible goal -- iTunes is The Rock and You are Sisyphus. Give up. Relax. Enjoy your music again. As long as you have it tagged with album title and artist, who cares about the rest? Toss it in there and press play. Then fire up I Love Stars to rate your music without looking at iTunes and you'll never be distracted again. Tested and working fine in Snow Leopard.
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Aetnaria
28 November 2019
Version: 5.1.2
Used to work great. No longer displays the rating in stars at the top nor lets you "Rate songs with a single click" on the current macOS. Support does not respond.
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MisterE
09 June 2013
Version: 4.3
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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5
MackinTush
26 April 2013
Version: 4.2.1
Great little gem. This little great program makes Apple computing so much more fun.
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Lounge-Deluxe
06 June 2012
Version: 4.1.1
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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5
dwp-1
29 March 2012
Version: 3.6.2
I Love Stars does just what it claims to do and very simply. It's perfect!
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big-rod
06 December 2011
Version: 3.6
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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5
Giovanni-Marcucci
17 June 2011
Version: 3.5.4
It's perfect!
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4.5
Mart°n
16 June 2011
Version: 3.5.4
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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5
xati-ba
03 March 2011
Version: 3.5.2
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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4.5
Mette
16 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
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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4
consumerx
10 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
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 ) **************** 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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4.5
Ikir
09 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
Simple but handy, you can set to show stars only when iTunes i open
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MisterE
08 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
This looks like a very interesting app as it might actually motivate me to listen to more than 5% of my 200GB iTunes library so I can rate it. I would love to try it but I won't be forced to go to the Mac AppStore as the sole outlet for the app. Can you even download a demo from the app store or do I have to buy before I try? I want choices and I don't want Apple to be the bottleneck between me and software because in the big picture it gives them too much power. I don't care if it's easier for all involved, sometimes (often times I'd say) what looks like the easy path today turns out to be a nightmare in the long run. I would think that developers would want to retain as much control and choice as possible too. What if one day Apple changes the rules of the game and removes this app because, for example, "it reproduces functionality already available" or "insert other subjective reason here"? Never put all your eggs in 1 basket! I'm not willing to allow Apple to come between my computer and what I want on it and I hope all Mac developers will not allow Apple to become the sole distributor for their software because the long-term implications of them getting a monopoly on distribution are unacceptable to me. If that happens it will finally be time to learn how to use Linux.
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Damian Weiss
08 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
To make it short: I loved "I love stars" because it's really easy to use and does what I want. I accept that the developper wants to earn money with his app. But I can't accept that I have to buy it in the Mac App Store. I won't use it, and I won't take account of any apps that are solely offered in the Mac App Store. That's why I give "I love stars" a low overall rating.
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Algos
07 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
It seems the previous version (3.4.1) has disappeared completely. While I can understand that they're not keeping it around, as it will probably hurt sales, it's a shame for Leopard and PPC users who now won't be able to use it any more.
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2.5
Dr-Girlfriend
07 January 2011
Version: 3.5.1
From the developer's website: "I Love Stars is now available exclusively at the Mac App Store for the price of $1." Boo! How about this, dev? I'll pay twice as much if you don't force me to install the stupid App Store just to download your app. If this is the way things are going, I guess I'll be saving a lot of money this year NOT buying software.
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5
Coolapic
10 May 2010
Version: 3.4
Fantastic little app, I could not live without no that I'm got used to it ! Only request (not very important !): Is there a way, or would it be possible to add a pref, to force I Love Stars to load as last item (when auto loading at startup) as I'd like to have it on the extreme left of my menulets.
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5
Dr-Girlfriend
09 May 2010
Version: 3.4
I Love Stars is, imho, the best iTunes song rating app around. Nothing fancy, just a pleasant, simple interface that's easy to use and doesn't distract you with bells and whistles, allowing you to effortlessly rate songs and stay in The Zone while working. Can't ask for more than that. Thanks again for a fantastic app (and the addition of half star ratings)!
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5
zx
15 December 2009
Version: 3.3
thanks:)
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Dr-Girlfriend
24 September 2009
Version: 3.2.2
Thanks for another great update. I wasn't having any issues, but I appreciate your efforts and generosity! This is a great little app. Thanks for keeping it free :)
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5
Steven-Goodheart
11 September 2009
Version: 3.2
Apologies! I Love Stars is just working just *fine* on my Snow Leopard machine -- I made a really silly mistake -- don't ask! -- anyway, I love it and find it a most useful adjunct to iTunes 9.0.
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Jctull
11 September 2009
Version: 3.2
Start iTunes and have a song playing, then ctrl-click or right-click the menu item for I Love Stars. That will bring up the option to quit the application. Then you can replace it without any problem. Alternatively, you can find it in the Activity Monitor application and quit the process that way.
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Mtcobra
11 September 2009
Version: 3.2
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.
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Aliendude
11 September 2009
Version: 3.2
Um, just out of curiosity, why would any one need a rating program? Why would you have low rated songs on your Mac/iPod to begin with?
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5
Dr-Girlfriend
05 September 2009
Version: 3.1
You know how you start listening to iTunes, putting it in the background so you don't get distracted from your work, then a new song comes on that you really like, so you go back to iTunes to rate it, then you notice the song is from a compilation and it's tagged all wrong, so you start re-tagging it, then you notice that the entire album the song came from is also tagged wrong, and the artwork is missing (or worse, it's a 50kb x 50kb square photo that you grabbed from google images when you were drunk and burping up beer and pizza fumes so toxic it nearly melted your monitor), and the albums next to it are also tagged wrong because the dillhole who uploaded it put the genre down as "Spoken Word" instead of "Rock" and embedded his stupid sig, BiGgIe B@LLz MuZiK BoY!, in the comments? Now you have no choice but to drop everything you're doing to address these crimes against your music library and once you get started, you simply can't stop, and the next thing you know, it's 5pm - time to go home! You just wasted your entire flipping day fixing your iTunes library. Again. Well one day, my friend, you will realize that "perfecting" your iTunes library is an impossible goal -- iTunes is The Rock and You are Sisyphus. Give up. Relax. Enjoy your music again. As long as you have it tagged with album title and artist, who cares about the rest? Toss it in there and press play. Then fire up I Love Stars to rate your music without looking at iTunes and you'll never be distracted again. Tested and working fine in Snow Leopard.
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3
Nicaland
27 January 2009
Version: 3.0
Great, and loving that it's free
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5
Hendo
24 December 2008
Version: 3.0
Very clean and simple Really nice, well done!
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5
Spungee
06 June 2008
Version: 2.1
let's try this again with perky, top-star-rated goodness added...
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Spungee
06 June 2008
Version: 2.1
i'm another user who loves this program exactly as it is. perfect tool for the job. many thanks for this one.
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Stormchild
21 May 2008
Version: 2.0
Oh yeah, I do have one feature request: Nothing. Please add nothing to this. It's perfect; keep it exactly the way it is! Let other iTunes add-ons get fat and slow on hotkeys, track info/artwork bezels, and the rest of the usual stuff that seems to get added to every iTunes utility.
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5
Stormchild
21 May 2008
Version: 2.0
Excellent and free...two words you don't often hear in the same sentence. The developer targeted a very specific purpose, and nailed it without getting distracted by bells and whistles. This is just a simple little app, but that's the beauty of it; whereas a lot of "simple" programs quickly get bloated with new features, this one is focused and efficient. I've had it running for several days now, and it has accumulated only 25 seconds of CPU time. I like the way it slides out when you're playing music, and hides when you're not.
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5
Bertobox
18 May 2008
Version: 2.0
Praises and Kudos to the developer of I Love Stars 2.0 This app is small, beautiful (simple interface) and does exactly what I want. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! :D After iTunesRating's demise with the arrival of Leopard (apparently they didn't work well together), I searched and searched for an update and now, 7 months later I have found it, I love 'I Love Stars'!! It's perfect for me. thanks!! I would like to request for you not to add anything to this app, I like it just the way it is. :)
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5
jppereztr
17 May 2008
Version: 2.0
Very nice app!
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5
Soulslave
17 May 2008
Version: 2.0
ok, i love this program! is just what i've been looking for, "a small app that lets me rate my songs from the menu bar". there's another one out there but is way too bulky. this is just perfect for what i wanted.TNX!
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Echro
17 May 2008
Version: 2.0
I just can't stop loving it!! Great update
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5
Mac-Devil
17 May 2008
Version: 2.0
I've forgotten the rating ;-)
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Mac-Devil
17 May 2008
Version: 2.0
Really cool! I love the "hide itself" option... :-) Thank you!!!
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Bumbleb
16 May 2008
Version: 1.0
Just what I've been missing for a loooong time. Thanks for making this dear developer!!!
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Wcitymike
16 May 2008
Version: 1.0
There was a freeware app which did this in the same way, called iTunesRating, but it was never updated for Macintel and was a real memory hog. Great to see this!
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