March 6 '14 - 1:33 pm

iTunes Store Power Search at Your Fingertips

Kirk McElhearn posted today about accessing the (kinda hidden) iTunes Store “Power Search” panel:

The trick to making this panel visible is to use this link, which I suppose you could bookmark in your web browser and Command-Tab to that whenever you wanted to power search. But in the last century human beings invented AppleScript to free themselves from time-consuming drudgeries like that.

Just enter this in AppleScript Editor (or click the little script icon to open it automatically):

tell application “Finder”

open location “http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearch”

end tell

Name it whatever you like and Save it with the Format of “Script” in your ~Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder. Then assign it a shortcut in iTunes.

It will still need to go through your web browser to open the link in the iTunes app—and thus leave an open browser window turd—but that’s easily enough dispatched.

UPDATE: Numerous Correspondents have reported that changing “http” to “itms” in the URL skips going through the web browser.

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