CD Art Display is a fantastic program for Windows which is free for download and is a nice addition to your desktop and iTunes library. Although it is not stuffed full of features and functionality, it does exactly what it promises and all in all, it does it very well in a similar way to CoverSutra on Mac OS X.
Basically, the application is designed to simply display your album artwork and song information on your desktop. Pretty much exactly as the name suggests. It is neat and compact so does not clutter your desktop at all.
By default, the text is displayed clearly, on a transparent background, therefore it blends in even more to your desktop. Depending on the extremity of colour on your desktop wallpaper, the text should be clearly visible.
The best thing about the program is the customisation that is available. Themes can be downloaded to transform the display into almost anything you like. For example there are some user created skins which make it look like an iPhone which is quite neat. Alternatively, there are some plain skins which simply change the layout or font.
You don’t have to download them and settle for other people’s creations. It is simple to create your own themes by sampling editing the skin file. This may sound complicated, however it is as easy as you could imagine. There is a GUI for doing so, rather than text files or other complicated modification. You can edit the text line by line choosing whether to display track names, albums, artists etc. as well as the ability to change the size of the artwork. This can be as little or as large as you like as you define the resolution of the image and within reason, it maintains the clarity of the image.
You can also change the colours, fonts, font sizes of the text so there is really no limit on how you can make it look. Nothing about it is complicated either so anyone, even the most basic of users can make it their own. Having said that, the default layout is more than acceptable, however my only complaint is that by default, the artwork is fairly small when displayed on a reasonable sized screen.
Not only does it display the artwork and information. There is also the ability to control the basics of iTunes such as play/pause, skip track etc. Plus, there is a small bar which displays how far through the track you are. However, for some reason by default this bar is vertical and easily confused with a volume control. As always, this can be modified. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t give the ability to control the volume within iTunes which can be irritating, but it’s not a major issue.
Overall, I found CD Art Display extremely useful and a great free addition to my desktop. I was looking for something of the sorts for a while and this is by far the best that I came across. The major selling point for me is the customisation which you don’t get in alternative programs. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for this sort of application.