Do you wish iTunes’ Visual Plugins were more like a music video and less like an acid trip? Trinfinity Software today released
Collage 1.0, a new freeware plug-in designed to do exactly that. It works only with Mac OS 9 for now, though the developer said they’ll work on a Mac OS X version “if we find that there is sufficient interest.”
The plug-in actively searches the Internet while your music is playing, and does its best to find images relating to the artist, track and album you’re playing. It then displays those images as a collage on your screen. The images are different for each song, and it’s always unpredictable, according to the developer, so you may see album covers, photos of performances, band members, or just about anything.
Trinfinity warned that Collage 1.0 may be unable to find images or may just find one image, depending on the software — some images may also appear to be completely unrelated, although Trinfinity advised that Collage seems to work best with popular music. The plug-in itself isn’t distributed with any images; instead, it uses images that it grabs off the Internet. Those images are then deleted from your hard drive after they’ve been viewed.