Experimental Music Love
There are a lot of pretty Mac apps out there. CoverFlow is definitely one of them. Album art may be a lost artform, but it's still amazing to see it in massive doses. I'm one of those obsessed people who has all their music loaded onto their computer, all the artist and album and track names entered, and all the album artwork associated. Minus a few live albums or compilations, I have album artwork associated with every album I have on my computer. I usually have the last few albums I've bought laying around on my desktop, using Clutter, another one of those great little apps that make using your computer fun again.
last.fm has also scored a place in my toolbar lately. It tracks your listening habits, lets you stream music in custom "radio stations" (a lifesaver if you forget to take your ipod into work), and suggests new music based on collaborative filters. It's a little strange seeing my musical choices right up there in real time. I've even caught myself skipping some "guilty pleasure" tracks, worried that people might discover I'm secretly playing Mandy Moore tracks on the weekends. One night I played all the Love, Execution Style albums a few times in a row just so I could be the top fan for a week or two. Ultimately, it all balances out, I guess. Oh, and that image of recently played tracks above is updated in real-time by the last.fm servers.