Archive for May, 2011
Found a bug in Change Hidden iTunes Preferences that affected how the “Maintain Grid View for Search Results” pref was applied. Current versions of iTunes regarded the setting somewhat ambiguously so I fixed that. Additionally, to be clearer, that pref is now labeled “Grid View Search results switch to List View”, since by default, iTunes maintains whatever view is in use for search.
I often have to add files to iTunes that I’ve received as mail, iChat, or Skype attachments or from other disparate sources. They’re usually audio files that friends or colleagues have generated and aren’t necessarily song files. They usually don’t have any ID3 Tag info other than the file name/track name. I just drag ‘em to iTunes, select a batch after they’re added and multi-edit their tags. But somehow this workflow doesn’t feel right to me. If I were ripping a CD, I’d enter the tags in the CD tracks before importing. Likewise, when I use PDF Adder I’m obliged to enter any tag info first.
But when I’m importing the files from the Finder I can only edit the tag info after the files are added. Thus, I have to find them in iTunes, select them, press Command-I to get the multi-edit window, and then I can start tag editing. Doesn’t feel right.
So I put together a droplet called Drop to Add and Give Info that launches a GUI for multi-editing after you drop files on it but before the files are added to iTunes:
Chris Breen asked me to chat about iTunes and AppleScript for a bit on the latest Macworld Podcast.
And speaking of Macworld today, Kirk McElhearn has a nice article covering How to add lyrics to your iTunes tracks.
Smarts is a simple to use app that stores the criteria of your Smart Playlists — the smarts of a Smart Playlist — as templates so that you can restore them later, export for back-up, or share with other iTunes users.
Having a lot of Smart Playlists can slow iTunes down, but by storing your unused Smart Playlists as templates in Smarts you can then remove your unused Smart Playlists from iTunes and only reload them when you need them again.
What I’ve been using it for is to store “starter” Smart Playlists templates that contain frequently used criteria. Instead of having to re-enter a complex set of criteria every time I create a new Smart Playlist, I just load a starter with my basic criteria already entered and then I only have to add a minimum of new criteria.
About a month ago I started getting emails from users reporting that Discogs Search Kit wasn’t getting track info correctly. I finally got around to making some fixes. This latest version of Discogs Search Kit makes accommodations for formatting changes at Discogs, which apparently were implemented a month or so ago (April 2011).