The five star rating system in iTunes is wonderfully useful once you've categorized your library. Need a list of your top 15 songs from 1980? Boom: smart playlists compile your selection within seconds. Wouldn't it be great though, if iTunes had a more elaborate subjective rating system, tagging tracks not only on how “good they are on a 5 point scale, but also by their tempo and mood? Well, with Moody, you can.
Moody is a rating application that runs in parallel to iTunes. Unlike the 5 star rating system in iTunes, Moody presents you with a 16 pane grid that works like a graph. The idea is that you listen through your songs and tag them depending on their mood. Then, when you break up with your significant other, you can quickly find the intensely sad songs in your iTunes library, and easily play them back.
The application simple in theory and execution. Moody opens with a brief explanation and guide, making it easy for first time users to dive into the application.
Moody has the same short comings all rating tools have, iTunes included. The system is really only useful if you categorize your entire library, or at the very least the majority of it. There is an extraordinary amount of labor a user must go through to get any value out of the application. Fortunately, Moody has a neat feature called “QuickTag to help elevate this problem.
QuickTag does two things which helps speed up the tagging process. One, Moody will skip a few seconds (adjustable in the preferences) into the song to quickly give you a feeling for the track. Secondly, once you rate the song, Moody will automatically skip to the next untagged track. Two simple features, but they help immensely to quicken the pain of having to tag songs.
A nice extra feature included with Moody is the ability to customize both the colors and labels of the grid. What's so great about this is that it allows you to use Moody for something other than, well, tagging moods.
At version 0.3, Moody is in it's early stages of development, and it shows in the usability of the application. Notably, the application is missing an “always on top feature, something essential in a symbiotic application like Moody. In it's current form, Moody's application window tends to get lost behind the iTunes window.