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Super Remove Dead Tracks

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Super Remove Dead Tracks v4.3

Remove iTunes tracks disassociated from files

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Re-Embed Artwork v2.1

Exports and then re-imports selected tracks' artwork

Search-Replace Tag Text

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Search-Replace Tag Text v4.1

Perform search-and-replace on text in your choice of tags

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Export Selected Tracks to XML v1.3

Export selected tracks' data to XML file, import later

Music Folder Files Not Added

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Music Folder Files Not Added v4.5

Displays files in iTunes Media folder not in iTunes track library

Remove n Characters From Front or Back

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Remove n Characters From Front or Back v5.1

Delete characters from the beginning or ending of selected tracks' name, artist, album, comments, composer, or show tags

What's AppleScript?

AppleScript is a simple Macintosh-only programming language that can control and automate actions on your Mac. AppleScript is already available on your computer as part of the Mac OS and many popular applications can be automated using AppleScript scripts. Scripts written for iTunes can manage files and track information, create playlists, interact with other applications, perform innovative tasks, and handle many kinds of chores which otherwise would be repetitive, laborious, and/or time-consuming.

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Latest:

July 2 2015 - 12:10 pm

Share iTunes XML with other applications

iTunes 12.2 has a new setting in the Advanced pane of Preferences:

Share iTunes XML with other applications

If you download and use any of my apps or scripts you should probably leave that checked. In fact, if you use any software that may interact with iTunes you should leave it checked. The iTunes XML file is a way for other applications to easily get information about your current iTunes library. Denying access to this file will most likely cause these apps to fail.

I have already gotten reports of users experiencing mysterious issues with my software, only to find out they had unchecked this preference. I’m not sure what security issues this setting is supposed to address but unless you are aware of a particular issue, I don’t see why you shouldn’t leave it checkmarked.

July 1 2015 - 5:07 pm

play with once Is Broken

(I have updated this post. See below.)

To play a track just once and then stop you’re to do something like this, using the once modifier with the play command:

tell application “iTunes”

set aTrack to item 1 of selection

play aTrack with once

end tell

Well, that doesn’t work in iTunes 12.2. The tracks just keep on coming. In fact, a few times some random track in some other playlist started playing afterwards or queues up in Up Next.

UPDATE (July 1, 2015, 6:39PM) – I think I may be wrong about this. I cannot replicate the original set of issues I describe above.

July 1 2015 - 12:36 pm

Dupin 2.8.7 Available

I fixed a couple of bugs that occur with iTunes 12.2, mostly cosmetic. Click “Check for Update…” in your current version or download the lateset from here.

Similar bugs showed up in Dupin Lite 2 and a new version has been submitted to the Mac App Store for review. It should be available from there in a few days.

July 1 2015 - 11:07 am

UPDATED: Music Folder Files Not Added v4.5

Music Folder Files Not Added will list the file paths of the files in your designated “iTunes Media” folder which are not in iTunes’ track library. Additionally, you can select a different parent folder and its contents will be compared to the iTunes library. Includes options to Add a selection of found files to iTunes, move them to the Trash, and export a text file listing the file paths.

This latest version accommodates some changes in iTunes 12.2 and provides preliminary support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) beta.

Music Folder Files Not Added is free to try for 10 days, $1.99 thereafter. This is a free update for registered users.

More information and download is on this page.

July 1 2015 - 8:23 am

Dragging from Audiobooks Still Fails

This has been a problem for a couple of versions now. You can’t drag tracks from the “Audiobooks” library. There’s simply nothing in the “Tracks” node of the dragged pasteboard. Here’s what the pasteboard looks like in Console after trying to drag a track from the Audiobooks library to my app Join Together:

Pasteboard contains no track entries

July 1 2015 - 6:06 am

iTunes 12.2 and AppleScript Issues, Volume 1

The current track and current playlist properties return a -1731 “unknown object type” error when run against a currently playing Apple Music track. That’s going to be a problem for scripts and apps that use those properties to identify a playing track. I couldn’t say if this is intentional or a bug.

The iTunes XML reports the main Library name as “####!####”. This is not necessarily AppleScript related, but several of my scripts may refer to this “Master” playlist by obtaining its name from the XML.

More as it develops.

June 30 2015 - 7:47 pm

Cute New iTunes track Property

It’s loved:

tell application “iTunes”

set sel to selection

repeat with aTrack in sel

try

set aTrack’s loved to true — or false if un-loved

end try

end repeat

end tell

The playlist also has a loved property. track also has album loved.

UPDATE: Unfortunately, current track and current playlist are broken for Apple Music tracks. So changing the loved property of a playing Apple Music track can’t be done.

June 30 2015 - 6:32 pm

iTunes v12.2, Apple Music and AppleScript

Today, Apple released a new version of iTunes for OS X that accommodates its new MUSIC service, comprising: Beats 1 global 24/7 radio; algorithm- and human-curated playlist streams (replacing iTunes Radio); “Connect”, the social media component; and the ability to play tracks streamed from Apple’s music catalog alongside your current library tracks.

Apple did not make the new iTunes app available to developers before its official release and, of course, the Apple Music services weren’t available until today either. So I had to wait like everybody else to see what AppleScript changes may have been wrought upon the latest iTunes app. I’m primarily concerned with still being able to manage my own media library with AppleScript and, if possible, accommodating any streaming Apple Music tracks that I may mix in with them.

There are changes in iTunes 12.2 that will require several if not many scripts and apps to be updated. This is going to take me some time to ascertain, but I will report the issues when I have figured them out.

June 29 2015 - 6:56 am

Script of the Day: Artist to Last-First

Artist to Last-First will parse the text of the chosen tag (Artist, Album Artist, Composer or one of their Sort siblings) of a selection of tracks:

Move the LAST word of the tag to the beginning, eg:

  • Hound Dog Taylor -> Taylor, Hound Dog
  • OR Move the FIRST word of the tag to the end, eg:

  • The Crystal Method -> Crystal Method, The
  • Then, the newly configured text can be copied back to your choice of Artist, Album Artist, Composer, Sort Artist, Sort Album Artist and/or Sort Composer tag(s).

    More information and download is on this page.

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    June 26 2015 - 6:29 am

    Script of the Day: Sundry Info to Comments

    Sundry Info To Comments copies your single choice of filename, file path (location), file’s parent folder path, file creation date (YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS), current playlist, volume adjustment, start time or stop time (HH:MM.SS), artwork size (WxH), purchaser name or purchaser account ID to choice of Category, Comments, Description or Episode ID tag of each selected track.

    Sundry Info To Comments

    By putting data in one of these available tags it can be visible and sortable or used with Smart Playlist criteria.

    More information and download is on this page.

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