iTunes Visualizer Magnetosphere - gHacks Tech News

iTunes Visualizer Magnetosphere

I'm usually not using iTunes because I think the software is slow and overloaded just like Windows Media Player (which I do not use as well). If I want to play music I use Winamp and to transfer songs to and from my iPod I use Floola.

I still have iTunes installed but as I said it is only used seldomly, usually only when I want to test a new feature. To be honest, I did not even knew that there were visualizations for iTunes available. You can think of them like the ones on Winamp for instance. I found this amazing visualization for iTunes and decided to write an article about it. I think it would be best to walk you through the installation and activation although it is nothing complicated. Download and install Magnetosphere and start iTunes afterwards.

magnetosphere itunes visualizationClick on the Visualization tab and select Magnetosphere from the list. Last thing to do is to start either a song or playlist and click on Turn Visualizer on. I suggest full screen mode which looks awesome instead of windowed mode.

The developers did not include a lot of information about customizing the plugin. I was able to figure out the following. Pressing the A key adds one hundred particles to the visualization while pressing S reduces the amount by one hundred. Please be cautious about this. If you add to many particles your computer could stop responding as it requires quite the processing power.

Visualizations change with every new song automatically. They do differ a lot which makes the visualizer more worthwhile. I pretty much like the idea to run Magnetosphere in full screen mode with music from iTunes playing in the background.

Do you use visualizations for iTunes or Winamp? If so, let me know about them, I would like to take a look at them. The only question that remains to me is this:, how do I bring this visualization to my iPod Nano?

Update: Magnetosphere has been integrated into Apple's iTunes software so that it is no longer available as a standalone download. Check out the following video that demonstrates how the visualizer looks like in moving pictures.





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    Comments

    1. Jonathan said on February 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm
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      Martin,
      Magnetosphere looks incredible, but access to downloading it has been stopped for some reason. I can’t find it available anywhere. Would you be able to email the program to me (I think it is pretty small). I would be VERY appreciative. Thanks so much.

      – Jonathan

    2. Nick said on February 28, 2008 at 1:54 am
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      can someone please email me magnetosphere so i can finally bask in it greatness… [email protected].. or give me a link that works

    3. David said on March 7, 2008 at 10:43 pm
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      Please Send me This Visualization

      Thank You, DM

    4. Sam N said on March 22, 2008 at 12:42 am
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      I would be so grateful if you could send me this visualisation… it looks awesome!

      Many thanks
      SN

    5. Morgan said on April 2, 2008 at 4:24 am
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      Well, I too would love to enjoy it, I can’t find the link anywhere, could someone email it to me.

      Thanks in advance, MP

    6. alex said on April 27, 2008 at 10:59 pm
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      somebody please email it to me too!! [email protected]

    7. Fluous said on May 10, 2008 at 8:52 am
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      Me also… [email protected]
      Cheers

    8. Jonathan said on May 29, 2008 at 7:29 am
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      could i please get a copy too? [email protected]

    9. David Eldridge said on June 2, 2008 at 11:14 am
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      You can find it here:

      http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/377008460931

      It comes with instructions for installation for Mac and there is apparently a windows executable there, too, but it is not verified.

    10. egerge said on October 17, 2008 at 8:29 am
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      i have this problem i have it installed on my computer when i got itunes but recently i wanted try and pt it on my nano and i have no clue how if you no how plz tell me via email

    11. Ryam said on October 28, 2008 at 11:33 pm
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      This now comes packaged with Itunes 8.

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