Archive for September, 2009

September 30 '09 - 12:16 pm
UPDATED: De-Genre v3.0

Macworld’s Chris Breen mentioned De-Genre in his recent column and it occurred to me that I should freshen that one up.

De-Genre v3.0 re-assigns the Library tracks of selected Genres to another Genre so that the original—and consequently un-assigned—Genres disappear from iTunes’ Genre pop-up list. This latest version runs as universal binary and includes the aforementioned freshening-up of code.

September 30 '09 - 9:27 am
Gathering Far-Flung Files

I’ve gotten several emails lately inquiring about scripts and apps that can assist with gathering up far-flung files from old music folders. It’s the sort of thing that happens when you move to a new computer, upgrade iTunes, and add hard drives without doing the requisite housekeeping at the time (or on a regular basis). This is fairly typical:

Throughout the last 4-5 years, Iʻve ended up with an enormous bunch of music which is all on one of my hard drives, and Iʻd like to consolidate all of it, get rid of the dupes, junk/damaged recordings, etc. For instance, some of the data are backups of my old iTunes libraries that I created before upgrading to newer versions. I like the way the script addToLib works. but Iʻm looking for a way that I can accomplish the same thing without moving the music from each album folder, and then Trashing each folder individually.

I’ve been recommending using Music Folder Files Not Added which allows you to scan a folder any number of folders deep for files not in the iTunes database and optionally add them. Of course, you may still want to Trash the folder once the files are added—and this presumes you have “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” set—but you’ll only have to move the single parent folder to the Trash and not dozens of sub-folders. And if duplicates are a problem, there’s always Dupin, right?. Yes, still some work involved (after all, it took a long time for you to make that mess!) but operating on one set of parent folders at a time will make the process easier.

September 30 '09 - 8:41 am
UPDATED: Embed Artwork v2.0

I’ve updated Brian Webster’s Embed Artwork as universal binary, but otherwise there are no changes. This script simply re-embeds artwork into the files of the selected tracks. Handy for ensuring that artwork data travels with a file.

September 29 '09 - 7:31 pm
iTunes Status Display Sees Your Selection

Rob Griffiths points out that in iTunes 9, as you are selecting or de-selecting tracks in any playlist or library, the size and time in the status display along the bottom of the iTunes browser window increases or decreases respectively. Neat!

September 29 '09 - 9:52 am
UPDATED: Drop to Playlist v1.1

My friend David Bills asked that Drop to Playlist include the “Purchased” playlist in its selection settings. Done! (boodely-OOP!).

Drop to Playlist v1.1 is an AppleScript droplet that will add files dropped on it to your iTunes library and copy them to a specific user playlist set in the droplet’s preferences. The preference setting is accessed by double-clicking the droplet, and can be changed when required. Handy when placed in the Finder toolbar or sidebar.

September 29 '09 - 9:47 am
UPDATED: I Hate That iTunes Done Chime! v2.0

OK. I suppose I don’t actually hate it. But you might find it convenient to change the “done” chime that sounds whenever you import or convert files in iTunes. I Hate That iTunes Done Chime! v2.0 will let you select a new sound to replace “boodely-OOP!” — which is actually named “complete.aif”. You can choose from any of the default system sounds (ping, sosumi, submarine, and so on), no sound, or your own AIFF sound file.

This latest version is simply a maintenance release and is saved as universal binary.

September 28 '09 - 7:13 pm
UPDATED: Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.1

Ooops. I had to update Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.1 because the toggle behavior for “Changing view setting is global” was reversed. It behaves as expected now.

September 27 '09 - 2:01 pm
UPDATED: Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.0

Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.0 will allow you to invoke hidden iTunes preferences:

  • Show “Library” playlist
  • Changing view setting is global
  • Allow half-stars in ratings
  • Show arrow links — to either search the iTunes Store or search your library
  • Load complete iTunes Store preview before playing
  • Create playlists for purchased song collections
  • Play songs while importing or converting
  • Create file names with track number
  • Maintain grid view for Search results
  • Option-click zoom button for Mini Player

For iTunes 9 in OS 10.5 or better only.

September 25 '09 - 7:35 am
NEW: Drop to Playlist

If you like the “Automatically Add to iTunes” folder that is created with iTunes 9, which allows you to drop files to it to add to iTunes, you may like Drop to Playlist. This is a droplet that will add files dropped on it to your iTunes library and then copy them to a specific user playlist that you set in the droplet’s preferences. The preference setting is accessed by double-clicking the droplet, and can be changed when required. Handy when placed in the Finder toolbar or sidebar.

September 23 '09 - 11:18 am
About That Default Playlist Screen?

It’s gone in iTunes 9.0.1. Hooray.

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