How to Get Rainmeter Player Working
By Brad Malloy
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.
- If you prefer another music player such as Winamp, there are Rainmeter player skins that control those as well.
Brad Malloy is a professional writer whose work has appeared in his college newspaper, "Pipe Dream," and on a self-published blog reviewing computer components. Prior to writing, Malloy worked in information technology for two years and brings computer-networking, programming and gaming expertise to his online articles. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.