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Is there any way to embed an iTunes ticker in my desktop?

Asked by Aqua (2546 points ) October 30th, 2010

I’d like to take advantage of the wasted space between my browser window, dock, and the bottom of my screen by putting a ticker for iTunes there. I currently just switch to the Mini Player and drag the widow to fill that space, but it would be nice if the current song just showed up on a ticker on the desktop and I didn’t have to drag the window back and forth. Is this possible?

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jrpowell's avatar

You can do it with GeekTools and some Applescript. Start here.

Some nerdery will be required. If I wasn’t on the road I would do it for you. But I won’t be home anytime soon.

Aqua's avatar

Perfect. I did a little more research, watched this video, and I’ve got script up and working now. Right now the script I have shows the artist the album name on the same line, and often the album name is too long and is hidden behind the dock (like this). How would I split those up?
P.S. Even just displaying the artist name and not the album would be fine.

jrpowell's avatar

What is the script you are using now?

Aqua's avatar

Actually, I just figured it out! See here. I took the script that I downloaded (on the left), took out the section for the album, and split the script into two files (the middle + right) so one only showed the artist and the other only showed the album.

jrpowell's avatar

Awesome… Now you realize the power of AppleScript.

Aqua's avatar

Yeah, now I wish I understood how it all works.

I’m using this script to show the weather:
curl—silent “” | grep -E ’(Current Conditions:|F<BR)’ | sed -e ‘s/Current Conditions://’ -e ‘s/<br \/>//’ -e ‘s/<b>//’ -e ‘s/<\/b>//’ -e ‘s/<BR \/>//’ -e ‘s/<description>//’ -e ‘s/<\/description>//’

How would I change it to show the temperature in F and C? (ie: Fair, 48F | 8C).

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