Fun with iTunesNovember 26, 2006
I've found my favorite dashboard widget. Apple's operating system supports these widgets, small programs that can do everything from display stock quotes, a daily cartoon, track flights, and just about anything else (view all widgets). My favorite is Sing that iTune. While a song is playing in iTunes, you can visit dashboard and it will pull up the complete lyrics to the song!
This incredibly handy and I find myself using it constantly. Looking for lyrics online usually entails a Google search followed by a visit to a site that is 95% ads and sometimes contains spyware. The lyrics in the widget are ad-free and very accurate. You can even customize where it pulls the lyrics from if you have a better source. If you have OS X, give it a try.
My favorite lyric right now is from Bruce Springsteen:
And though the world is filled
With the grace and beauty of God's hand
Oh I wish I were blind
When I see you with your man
I've been enjoying music a lot since I finally discovered a great use for the MacBook Pro's included remote control and Front Row. I hook the laptop up to a set of speakers, start iTunes, hop on the treadmill, and control the songs and volume with the super-small, super-slick remote.
iTunes shuffles my playlist for me and in the process, reveals a terrific sense of humor. Out of my thousands of songs, iTunes recently played "Hate & War" by The Clash, followed by "God is Love" by Marvin Gaye. Hate, Love, God, and War in the span of six minutes - wow!