Hardcover
Hardcover
2.2

4.0

Hardcover free download for Mac

Hardcover

2.2
26 July 2019

Serious nostalgia for iTunes.

Overview

Hardcover is a polished new iTunes visualizer exclusively for OS X bringing all your music back to life. The visualizer takes the album cover art of the current track you're listening to and inserts it into a high quality better-than-life rotating CD jewel case. It’s a simple and aesthetic way of giving your music new life with a serious touch of nostalgia.

What's new in Hardcover

Version 2.2:
  • Added highly requested contrast between the track information and the frequency spectrum in Hardcover [Aurora]
  • Performed major performance optimization ensuring that Hardcover runs perfectly smooth on any Mac sporting an Intel processor (and hopefully also on any supported Mac sporting a PPC processor)
  • Performed major codebase reorganization

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3 Hardcover Reviews

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Josh-C-
28 January 2019

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I'm using iTunes 12.9.2 on OS 10.14.3 and it doesn't see them. I even tried putting them in my home library folder and still nothing.
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Version 2.0
Josh-C-
28 January 2019
I'm using iTunes 12.9.2 on OS 10.14.3 and it doesn't see them. I even tried putting them in my home library folder and still nothing.
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Version 2.0
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BryMD
BryMD
28 January 2019
Hi Josh.

Apple removed support for 3. party visualizers from iTunes 12.6. As such, the requirements for Hardcover 2 remains iTunes 7.4 to iTunes 12.5 for the time being (see description above).

Sincerely,
Bry, M.D.
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Fariborz
Fariborz
29 January 2019
Hello! The same happened to me. Thanks to the developer it's now all clear.
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Hal-Itosis
11 August 2016
Doesn't display cover art or any track info, on my Mac (2013 rMBP with latest OS & iTunes, etc). Could this plugin be confused by the fact that my audio files are located on another partition? Because, none of my other visualizers have that problem. Looks nice other than that... spinning jewel case, but no artwork or text at all. <shrug> -HI-
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Version 1.6
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vefrouli
vefrouli
11 August 2016
Same here on an iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Mid 2015) with OSX 10.11.6 and iTunes 12.4.3.1.
Nevertheless, it seems to be a nice idea.
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BryMD
BryMD
12 August 2016
Hi Hal.

Hardcover uses the standard signal iTunes broadcasts every time a new track starts playing. Until iTunes 11 this signal would also be broadcasted one extra time whenever you activated a visualizer, but iTunes 11 or later doesn't seem to bother with that anymore.

As such, try changing tracks (or stopping and then starting again the currently playing track) once Hardcover is active, an you'll be able to enjoy Hardcover in its full glory.

Sincerely,
Bry, M.D.
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Reviews with stars but no comments are either bogus or otherwise useless. It suggests the developer needs a better class of friends. And what's Hardcover Advanced? Looks like just another bait and switch scam. Tell us what it is and what it costs or forget it. Might be a good product, but how would we know?
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Version 1.4
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BryMD
BryMD
05 July 2016
Hi B., and thank you for your interest in Hardcover.

All my apps are written purely for myself and my love for the Mac community. They are all completely free of charge as a nod to all the wonderful freeware I myself have enjoyed on the Mac throughout the past 25 years.

The difference between 'Hardcover [Basic]' and 'Hardcover [Advanced'] is purely cosmetic and is a result of Apple's neglect of visualizers in recent versions of iTunes. This is explained in 'About Hardcover' in the download.

As for the ratings, I was not aware there were any for Hardcover yet. Are you sure you're commenting on the right application?

Have a nice summer.


Sincerely,
Bry, M.D.
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BryMD
BryMD
05 July 2016
Hi again B.

I've looked into the ratings you were talking about, and you're correct. It seems that every application on MacUpdate is flooded by irrelevant ratings for irrelevant version numbers. I assume this must be a bug in their rating system. Perhaps someone at MacUpdate can clarify this one?

Oh, yeah, and a big thanks for the heads up on colored icons for 'Functional' some years back. I added those in the successive update in large part due to your feedback back then.


Sincerely,
Bry, M.D.
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