How to Get Rainmeter Player Working

By Brad Malloy

Rainmeter takes information from all over and condenses it for you.
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Rainmeter is an application for monitoring everything you could possibly want, from calendar dates to RSS feeds to music currently playing. Rainmeter Player is a name given to widgets that obtain currently playing information from a music player and display the information on your desktop. This allows you to have a window minimized, but still have insight into and control over your music. Rainmeter players work primarily with iTunes.

Right-click on the Rainmeter icon (looks like a blue-white drop of water) in the system tray, typically found in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Select the "Config" option and locate the Rainmeter player skin you want to load.

Open iTunes and play a song, preferably one with album art associated with it.

Right-click on the widget and choose "Refresh Skin" from the drop-down menu. This will cause the widget to reload itself, showing the currently playing song.