three-2-one has announced the immediate availability of CoverBuddy 1.3, the add-on for iTunes that lets you manage your music collection by cover art. CoverBuddy runs on Mac OS X 10.3 or later and is OS X Tiger ready.
CoverBuddy is a visual music browser for your iTunes music collection. As a standalone application CoverBuddy indexes your music data, groups tracks by album, and displays your collection as “real” albums complete with cover art. Browse, select and play your music directly from CoverBuddy. Because CoverBuddy uses iTunes to play your music, it works with all your MP3 files as well as with songs purchased from the iTunes Music Store.
Joerg Pressel, Managing Director of three-2-one and developer of CoverBuddy says, “CoverBuddy is all about the good old habit of selecting music by simply looking at your record covers, the way you used to. It reestablishes a real connection with your music, and it’s unique cover grid view complements iTunes’ functionality perfectly.”
CoverBuddy’s features include a full screen mode which is great for parties or embedded audio / video systems, like in cars. It also boasts sophisticated filtering and search methods that let you arrange your albums by artist, genre, year, etc., easily and on-the-fly. In addition users can completely customize the overall appearance of CoverBuddy to compliment their personal collection.
CoverBuddy 1.3 now includes a Web Interface Server that lets you browse your music collection and control playback with every web browser. The music collection is shown as covers just as in popular CoverBuddy itself. Playstation Portable owners listen up – there is a special version of the CoverBuddy Web Interface optimized solely for PSPs!
With the unregistered CoverBuddy, you can use all features, but launch is delayed and cover art is overlayed. Registering CoverBuddy removes those limitations.
CoverBuddy is $19.95 / €19.95 to register, including taxes. CoverBuddy 1.3 is a free update to all registered users.
More information and download link here.