Clutter 1.0b2 review

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Clutter is a small Mac OS X application that lets you put music CDs on your desktop.

License: Freeware
OS: Mac OS X
File size: 525K
Developer: Sprote Rsrch
Price: $0.00
Updated: 25 Nov 2005
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Clutter is a small Mac OS X application that lets you put music CDs on your desktop. You can drag them anywhere -- they're really windows. Line them up neatly or put them in piles, it's your choice. Each one looks like the real CD's cover, and double-clicking it tells iTunes -- or your SqueezeBox or SoundBridge -- to play that CD.

Think of Clutter as an alternate user interface to your music collection. When deciding what to play next, instead of searching through a huge alphabetical list, let your eye roam over the covers of your favorite CDs and those you've been listening to recently.

There's a main window that shows the CD you're now playing -- the cover picture is looked up automatically from from or from iTunes 4, or you can paste in your own. (You can also export pictures to iTunes 4.) To keep a CD around for easy access, just drag the picture out of the window onto your desktop. Then double-click it whenever you want to play it.

What's New:
New image, courtesy of Laurent Baumann, for an album whose cover isn't known: a round(!) gold CD.
Clutter is better about repositioning windows that no longer fit onscreen (due to a resolution change, or disconnecting a display) and restoring them to their original position when possible.
You can now type or use the arrow keys in the browser window without having to click on the list first.
Type-selecting artists or albums in the browser works again.

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