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

Asked by Aqua (2546points) 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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