Archive for October, 2009

October 31 '09 - 10:17 am
Confirmed: iTunes 9.0.2 Script Menu App Bundle Bug

iTunes 9.0.2 will not display AppleScript Application Bundles in its Script menu. The apps are still where they are supposed to be, ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ or /Library/iTunes/Scripts/, and they still work when fired from the Finder. It’s just that iTunes doesn’t recognize them for inclusion in the Script Menu. Apple is aware of the issue.

This is a problem in Snow Leopard since the default build type for AppleScript applications is the bundled type–there is no longer an option to create “plain” application scripts. Thus any AppleScript applications created in Snow Leopard will not appear in iTunes’ Script menu, as well as, of course, any AppleScript application ever saved as Application Bundle.

Scripts affected will display Kind: Application (Universal) in their Get Info window.

Affected apps that you simply gotta access while iTunes is frontmost can be copied/moved to ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/iTunes/ and they will appear in the system-wide Scripts menu.

October 30 '09 - 1:39 pm
Apps Not Displaying

On further investigation, it appears that AppleScript applications with bundles are not displaying in the iTunes 9.0.2 Script menu. This means that any app written under 10.6 will not appear since app bundles are the default application build style. Apps written without bundles pre-10.6 will display. Regular scripts, with or without bundles, seem fine.

UPDATE: ScriptPal is a good workaround.

October 30 '09 - 1:26 pm
Interesting iTunes 9.0.2 Mystery

A Correspondent alerted me to an unusual behavior with iTunes 9.0.2 and the script application Needle Drop: it doesn’t appear in iTunes’ Script menu, under Leopard or Snow Leopard. I don’t know what to suspect yet.

Of course, it still works if you double-click it in the Finder, but that kind of defeats the purpose of having a Script menu.

I will investigate.

October 29 '09 - 3:54 pm
iTunes 9.0.2 is Released

iTunes 9.0.2 has been released. “iTunes 9.0.2 adds support for Apple TV software version 3.0, adds an option for a dark background for Grid View, and improves support for accessibility.” Meaning that AppleTV has been updated, too, with support for iTunes LP and Extras, internet radio, and Genius. Nice.

October 28 '09 - 10:46 am
NEW: Music Folder Files Not Added v2.0

Well, depending on your point of view, perhaps this is an update. Music Folder Files Not Added v2.0 is a Snow Leopard-only application (MFFNA v1.1 is still posted and will run on Tiger and Leopard) that will list the file paths of the files in your designated “iTunes Music” folder which are not in iTunes’ library. Additionally, you can select a different parent folder and its contents will be compared to the iTunes library. You can then Add a selection of found files to iTunes or move them to the Trash.

This version was developed with Xcode using the new AppleScriptObjC framework and as such will only run on Snow Leopard.

October 6 '09 - 9:54 am
UPDATED: Import iPod Audio Files v3.0

Import iPod Audio Files copies the files of the selected iPod tracks to your iTunes Music/Media folder and then adds them to iTunes. Additionally, you can assign the new tracks to their own playlist. Requires the iPod be set to “Manually manage music and videos”.

Will not work on Windows-formatted iPods.

Not compatible with iPhone/iPod touch.

Not recommended for large-scale iPod audio recovery operations.

This latest version is a maintenance release that fixes a problem locating files and has a re-designed progress indicator.

October 1 '09 - 10:00 am
NEW: Make Add-to-Playlist-Droplet

After posting Drop to Playlist recently, I went crazy for the droplets. This new script, Make Add-to-Playlist-Droplet, will create AppleScript droplets that perform a function similar to iTunes 9’s “Automatically Add to iTunes” folder but for individual playlists. Simply select a playlist and run the script to create a droplet that references the selected playlist. Once such a droplet is created, drag-and-dropping files to its icon in the Finder will add the files to your iTunes library and copy the new tracks directly to the playlist that the droplet references. The script will allow you to create as many droplets for as may playlists as you like.

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