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Cover Stream 2.5 Released
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 3:52 PM EST
Posted by: Glenn

Snarb.tk today announced the release of Cover Stream 2.5, a major update to their iTunes controller that extends Cover Flow to the desktop. According to the developer, the new release eliminates the need to manually sync with iTunes. Syncing is now seamlessly performed in the background as soon as the iTunes music library is updated. Reading the full music library only takes a blink. Consequently, Cover Stream no longer needs to keep a cache file of your iTunes artwork. Artwork for which QuickLook has no preview is automatically retrieved from iTunes.

The update also adds a new Core Animation tracks menu to Cover Stream's fullscreen mode. Songs can now be selected Front Row-style, using the keyboard, mouse or Apple remote control.

The songs browser has been replaced with a resizable sidebar that can remain visible while flipping through your artwork. The track info bar also got a facelift. Besides it new slick look it also consumes less CPU while scrolling long song titles. The playlists popup menu got a facelift too, and now displays the iTunes playlist icons for easier navigation. There are also visual indicators for unplayed podcast episodes, just like in iTunes.

Cover Stream 2.5 also provides means to break out of the album-centric nature of Cover Flow. By right-clicking on a cover, you can now choose to play or queue all songs by the selected artist or album. You can also choose to shuffle your entire music library.

And those are really just the highlights. You can check out the full list of changes for Cover Stream 2.5 over here.

Cover Stream 2.5 is available now for $19.25 (free for current users). It weighs in at 1.94MB and requires Mac OS X 10.5 or later and iTunes 7.5 or later.

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