Archive for March, 2007
CDDB Safari Kit had to be updated because Gracenote mooked with their template. These two AppleScripts, “CDDB Safari” and “CDDB Tracks to iTunes via Safari”, assist in finding and retrieving Album track information, Album, Artist, and Year from Gracenote’s CDDB website using Apple’s Safari browser.
This hint at Mac OS X Hints points out that holding down the Option key while loading a CD (if “On CD Insert” is set to “Import CD” or “Import CD and Eject”) or when clicking the “Import CD” button will allow you to choose a destination to save the ripped CD tracks to other than your default iTunes Music folder (set in Preferences > Advanced > General). Even if you have “Copy files to iTunes Music folder when adding to library” checked iTunes will ignore that setting and “know” that the imported tracks’ files are in your selected location. Could be handy!
Paul Kafasis, big amoeba at Rogue Amoeba, has posted a great overview of Apple TV. My favorite observation is Surprise #2: The AppleTV doesn’t require a “Widescreen TV” or an HDTV. I have a wonderful Toshiba 32″ CRT that already loves PS2 and which I’m sure would make room in its heart for an Apple TV.
Scour Web Page for Media will examine the current web page in Safari for your choice of media files, such as those on a MP3 blog (currently mp3, aac, and pdf files are supported), and allow you to select any found files to download and then add them to iTunes. Options include selecting download location, adding to a particular iTunes playlist, and the ability to delete the original files after adding to iTunes.
Whew! Quick update to Current Track to Twitter, which was NEW this morning (see previous entry). Rather than have you hard code the script, you can now create a new password in your Keychain with your Twitter account info, thus keeping it secure. You’ll have to set up a new password with the Keychain Access app and instructions are included in the script’s Read Me. Much obliged to Coda Hale’s original script for QuickSilver which provided some routines.
If you’re a Twitter user, Current Track to Twitter is a stay-open applet that continuously monitors iTunes and when a new song starts playing will post info about that song to your Twitter account, including song name, artist, album, and rating stars. Geeky!
As part of our ongoing efforts to improve our hosting platform, we will be performing scheduled quarterly server maintenance between 12:00am midnight and 8:00am EDT on Sunday, March 25, 2007. During this time, your Web site may be inaccessible.
So don’t expect mission-critical iTunes AppleScripts to be available this coming Sunday (or whenever; EDT is -4 from GMT currently). I will be asleep when this is going on. Please shut off the lights when you’re done.
I had mentioned earlier that Apple’s AppleScripts for iTunes page had been re-posted with no links to the original iTunes scripts. But the original has been resuscitated on this page, which includes a download link for the original iTunes AppleScripts from Apple.
Tracks Without Artwork to Playlist will survey the selected tracks or the selected Playlist for tracks without any artwork and quickly copy them to a new discrete Playlist. This latest version corrects for some rare “false positives”.
Rob Griffiths has posted a neat tip at his Mac OS X Hints Weblog at Macworld that describes how to Search local iTunes via Command-F. It explains how to assign Command-F to activate the iTunes search box rather than activating Full Screen View, and re-assign a new key combo for Full Screen View.