I was quite delighted when I found out my cable company (Rogers) gave me 2 years of Spotify for free. I can Chromecast from Chrome on my Chromebook…connects to the TV and stereo system, brilliant.
However it was a slight annoyance that with the chromecasting, the TV was displaying the quite busy, and largely static, spotify web page. I don’t think my TV is subject to screen burn, but it is still disconcerting and not good for the ambiance.
I had no idea you could do this with bookmarks, by the way. You create a bookmark (any random page will do, this one for example) but then you edit the bookmark and paste the code where the URL usually goes. Of course, you’ll probably want to change the name of the link as well, perhaps to Spotify Screensaver or something like that, and maybe move the bookmark into your bookmarks bar at the top of your browser window for easy access.
I tried a couple of the screensaver scripts posted on Reddit but my favorite was axpd’s, which makes a screensaver of the normal Chromecast photos, with the currently playing album cover image, song and artist overlaid in the bottom left.
This was great, however with my tendency to listen to hours of Beck and Nirvana, it was displaying the same album cover (and artist name) for hours on end. Again, a screen burn concern.
So, I’m not that adept at js but I managed to make the album cover and words 50% transparent, so that the photos (which change regularly) will show through and cause the current album, and artist display to not be totally static.
Here is how the screen saver looks on my TV:
- Create bookmark
- Edit bookmark, rename to something like “Spotify Screensaver” and replace the URL (http://whateveritis.com) with this code:
- Get your favorite Spotify song playing and chromecasting
- Press your new bookmarklet
- Make your browser fullscreen to optimize TV screen display. Click on the screensaver to make it disappear when you want to see your spotify screen again.
- Enjoy copious amounts of music in your life! 😉