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5 Awesome Music Desktop Gadgets for Vista and Windows 7

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Are you a music fan who wants an easy way to get the music you love with a simple application on your desktop?  Today we bring you a list of some of the cooler music themed desktop gadgets for Vista and Windows 7. Radio

Check out new artists and bands emerging on the music scene with the gadget.  It allows you to control playback, volume, and songs.  You can can pick from a wide variety of music genres including Ska, Rock, Rap, and much more.

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Download Radio Desktop Gadget

iTunes Accessory Gadget

This cool gadget allows you to control playback of tracks and other settings in iTunes without having to open up the entire iTunes application.

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Download iTunes Accessory Gadget

ChroniX MetalRadio

If you’re a fan of heavy metal, one of the coolest online metal stations is ChroniX Radio.  This handy gadget lets you stream and control playback of their three channels–Aggression, Metal, and Grit–where each has a different flavor of hard rock and metal.


Download Chronix MetalRadio Gadget

iClassical Radio Player

For fans of classical music this gadget lets you stream classical music from a variety of online classical stations.  The only controls are stop and play but being able to select from a wide variety of stations on your desktop make this a excellent app for the classical music connoisseur.



Download the iClassical Radio Player Gadget

Media Player Gadget

This ties into your Windows Media Player library and allows you to easily search it.  It also will display album artwork, track information, and give you visualizations when playing a song.  It is a lot easier to navigate than opening the full WMP application.

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Download Media Player Gadget

If you are a fan of Music and desktop gadgets you might want to give these a try.  We would like to know about some of your favorite Windows Desktop Gadgets just leave a comment below.

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  • Published 08/17/09

Comments (21)

  1. Dave

    Try this Internet Radio Player.
    Thousands of stations for you and free and pay skins. Try the free skin – Blue-harc. Very nice. for download.

    Here’s some features from their website. This a freeware app.

    The “RadioSure” gives you the smoothest radio listening expirience. The main rule is – it should be simple, reliable and should just work.

    Main features are:

    More than 12000 of stations in the package
    Supports most of the internet radio formats – mp3, wma, ogg vorbis, aac+ and so on
    Quick and reliable search for your favorite radio stations
    Smooth switching between stations including crossfade effect
    Recording what you are listening to and packaging it into separate song files
    Simultanious recording of multiple stations
    Automatic checking for software and radio stations updates
    Command line parametes for automatization
    Runs on Windows XP and Vista 32 and 64 bit
    UNICODE support – all domestic stations are perfectly visible and searchable
    and much much more…

  2. Da5id

    Did you try any of these. I downloaded the iTunes gadget and it doesn’t look anything like the picture above and it does open iTunes when I press play. It must be a different one. I couldn’t find one in the gallery that looks like the one you describe.

  3. Da5id

    I forgot to mention that Pandora has a great Sidebar App. I use it detached from the sidebar and it allows you to rate songs and see what’s played. Sometimes the mini-player window doesn’t display exactly what it should (just the songs and stations), but it generally works great.

  4. Mysticgeek


    Thanks for pointing out my error. It is actually called iTunes Accessory and can be downloaded at

    It has also been changed in the post.

  5. Da5id

    Pretty sweet. Thanks.

  6. Rob

    I agree on that pandora sidebar app. I use that on my laptop all the time. I like the rating feature.

  7. John Rambo

    This one is the best I’ve found:

  8. Chris

    What about the winamp gadget … works great with winamp … and its simple and easy to use

  9. David

    Jobee is one of the best world/variety players out there that i’ve found.

  10. haywood

    installed radio sure, wow finally a radio that does just what it is suppose to do . nothing fancy it just plays high quailty sounding music / talk radio with a selection of twelve hundred stations.

    thank you dave

  11. lenovo

    很好!very good.

  12. FP

    I like the media player gadget, but all my media is on a media server and although it picks up all the play lists in the remote library, I cannot play any of the files. :-(

  13. Matthew H. Davidson

    iClassical Radio Player STOPPED WORKING.

    Tried resetting Options.
    Went to “Add Gadgets” got another one. Always the same: It reads “Ready”, I click “Play”, “Buffering” then resets to “Ready”

    NO CHANGES here. NOTHING TO EXPLAIN WHY iClassical Gadget stopped working—NO Error code numbers or messages to guide me.

  14. Pipo


    I’ve been using the WMP gadget for a couple of weeks now and everything was fine, until (not sure if I’m doing anything wrong) I can’t seem to open the library using the ‘Show Library’ button, if I try a single-click, nothing would happen, a double-click would open and close it, and clicking the button, then clicking to the side would open and close it again.

    Anybody encountered this?

  15. karl

    Real cool thax

  16. Morgo

    for anyone who uses iTunes or WMP I’d recommend getting’s scrobbler. Recommends music from artists you might like and gives plenty of info about the artist your listening too… provided everything is named correctly in your library.
    get it here

  17. Gidget


    radiosure does in fact look like a very cool app. but your sentence structure was a little misleading. there are free and paid skins, but the app itself is $9.99/year. kinda helpful to know, lol!

  18. eduardo

    esse e mesmo da hoooora bom de mais……gadgets

  19. Scar

    I LOVE the Media Player Gadget! ! ! I use it everyday & I love how you don’t have to open up your WMP to use. =-D

  20. Microjet

    Microsoft has stopped supporting Gadgets :( where do we get them from now???

  21. Oleg

    Thank you very much for the post. And that your gadget collection was complete – I recommend Aoo! Player – popular music gadget to listen free music from social network

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