Archive for May, 2007
Chris Breen discovers a Gotchya in iTunes 7.2: “If you burn a playlist of iTunes protected music to a CD in iTunes 7.2 and then rip that CD in the MP3 format (a trick people often use to remove the tracks? copy protection), those MP3 tracks won?t copy to an iPod. Try, and you?ll be told that the tracks are incompatible with the iPod.” Those cheeky Apple devils!
My Good Friend Kirk McElhearn points out that your iTunes Account ID is accessible to any smarty who can open your iTunes Plus files. Derek DeLong extrapolates this phenomenon to suggest that if you P2P your iTunes Plus files Apple may be able to track you. Seems to me another sort of smarty could wipe any account info from the file anyway (along with any other purchase info) if one really wanted to nefariously P2P.
On the iTunes 7.2 info page, I’ve added a ham-handed script that will get the path to a selected track’s .itc artwork file. It uses the persistent id properties of the current library and selected track to create the filename of the .itc file (eg: 855D16966D2635AE-E345A3A7AC7E50AF.itc), and UNIX find command to locate that file within the ~/Music/iTunes/Album Artwork folder. It then reveals the file in the Finder. Of course, more could be done with it, like converting to PNG or some such, more error checking, and so on. I’ve just been too busy to do much more with it ;)
I’ll be posting any AppleScript changes I find in iTunes 7.2 on this page.
iTunes 7.2 introduces the reveal AppleScript command. Given a track or playlist reference, it will select that track or playlist. Helpful!
Apple has released iTunes 7.2 which will accomodate DRM-free purchases from the iTunes Store. You may recall that you will be able to purchase tracks with DRM for the same price, or iTunes Plus tracks without DRM and at higher quality for a slightly increased price. Anyway, I’ll report on any AppleScript changes as soon as I can.
I’ve updated Block Party! to v1.5. This script creates a “Block Party” playlist of random Artists and a specific number of their randomly selected songs arranged in a row (”two-fers”, “three-fers”, etc). Now works faster by virtue of being a compiled script, plus a few routines have been speeded up. Other changes include the ability to filter out movie and PDF tracks, filter out tracks smaller than a particular time limit, and filter out tracks of specific genres, the latter two of which are hackable in the body of the script.
Artist – Album – Disc from Selected Track creates a new playlist–with the intention of burning its tracks to a CD–based on a single selected track’s artist, album, and disc number. The tracks are ordered by album track number. There are other things to consider as well, so be sure to read the docs.
So I purchased “More Songs About Buildings And Food” by Talking Heads from the iTS today. This is an album we listened to in the dorm as An Actual vinyl LP back in 1978. I was reminded that “Found A Job” (track 6 of 11) has a long fade. This is because it was the last track on Side 1 of the original LP. Back in the day, the least-high person would run to the phonograph and flip the LP over. Then we’d all get ready for the anxious opening of “Artists Only”–and arguably the darker Side of the LP. Oh well. No one would never know now. Why not? How can we figure this out? How can we denote the Sides of an original LP which–no doubt–were mastered based on start/end of LP sides?
You know, there are probably four or five scripts here that attempt to number tracks or filenames the way people want. This has been an activity going back to SoundJam. Number Song Names by Play Order approaches the problem a little differently. The script will prefix each selected track’s Song Name (I use the old “Song Name” nomenclature when actually the Song Name is now called “Name”) with the number of its order in the selection (01, 02, 03…and so on). The selected tracks must be in a playlist that has been sorted by Play Order; ie, a user-created playlist, not a so-called “Master” playlist. The selection of tracks need not be contiguous, however it is important to have already established the Play Order. There’s also an option to inhibit iTunes from renaming the tracks’ filenames, since iTunes will automatically do that when you change a Song Name.