Stars
Stars
5.1.2

2.0

Stars free download for Mac

Stars

5.1.2
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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Dr-Girlfriend
05 September 2009

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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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Version 3.1
Aetnaria
28 November 2019
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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Version 5.1.2
MisterE
09 June 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.
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Version 4.3
1 answer(s)
MisterE
MisterE
23 October 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
26 April 2013
Great little gem. This little great program makes Apple computing so much more fun.
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Version 4.2.1
Lounge-Deluxe
06 June 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).
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Version 4.1.1
3 answer(s)
Aetnaria
Aetnaria
22 June 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
Lounge-Deluxe
22 June 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
MisterE
09 June 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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dwp-1
29 March 2012
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
06 December 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.
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Version 3.6
1 answer(s)
Gmapper
Gmapper
26 February 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
17 June 2011
It's perfect!
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Version 3.5.4
Mart°n
16 June 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.
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Version 3.5.4
xati-ba
03 March 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.
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Version 3.5.2
2 answer(s)
xati-ba
xati-ba
03 March 2011
Oops. Unfortunately it seems that SizzlingKeys does everything that this app does and much more for free.
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TomEck
TomEck
15 June 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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Mette
16 January 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.
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Version 3.5.1
2 answer(s)
Aetnaria
Aetnaria
11 February 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
Jazzizm
11 February 2011
3.4.1 runs like a charm on my 10.6.6 iMac. No need to upgrade.
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