Archive for the ‘Internet’ Category

May 28 '14 - 4:50 pm
NEW: URL Track Info

I’m not sure when it happened, but the tags of URL tracks—internet streaming tracks—cannot be edited in the iTunes Get Info window. A Correspondent who apparently regularly made use of this ability recently drew my attention to it and inquired about a workaround.

URL Track Info will let you edit some of the tags of a selected URL track.

If you select more than one URL track it behaves like a multi-item edit window.

I didn’t see much point in using a lot of tags, especially those in common with regular audio file tracks. You really want to keep these things away from file tracks in a playlist since they sort of hijack the flow when they come up for play.

More information and download is here.

January 9 '12 - 11:19 am
NEW: Search IMDB

Search IMDB allows you to choose a search term from the pertinent tags of a selected iTunes track and then choose the type of search to make at the IMDB website.

Results are displayed in your designated default browser using a Finder routine. Most web browsers are not ’scriptable which somewhat limits what you can do with them with AppleScript.

And, what the heck. Here’s a Rotten Tomatoes script I use on my “entertainment center” Mac Mini that uses the name of the selected track for a search:

tell application “iTunes”

set sel to selection

if sel is not {} and (length of sel) is 1 then

my processSearch(get name of item 1 of sel)

end if

end tell

to processSearch(n)

try

tell application “Finder” to open location (”http://www.rottentomatoes.com/search/?sitesearch=rt&search=” & n) as text

end try

end processSearch

May 21 '11 - 1:18 pm
UPDATED: Discogs Search Kit v1.1

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).

November 11 '10 - 11:16 am
UPDATED: AMG EZ Search v2.0

AMG EZ Search v2.0 will use the tags of the selected or playing iTunes track as the basis for a Song/Artist/Album search at the allmusic website. This version accounts for changes in the AMG site’s search mechanism, can parse the stream title of a radio stream for tags if available.

October 25 '10 - 1:07 pm
NEW: Search YouTube

Search YouTube will use the Song Name and Artist of the selected or playing track as the basis for a search on YouTube.

I’m surprised I never had a need of this before, but I was looking for a clip from an old Dave Edmunds documentary on his sessions for the “Repeat When Necessary” album. There’s a clip of Albert Lee doing solo stuff on “Sweet Little Lisa” that I wanted to check out. The script makes searching from iTunes a tad easier.

September 8 '10 - 4:19 pm
UPDATED: Search Wikipedia v2.2

I have been doing a lot of listening to radio streams in iTunes recently. And because of the “surprise” factor inherent in radio listening, an artist will often be played in a stream that I’m curious about. A good provider will format the current stream title to the somewhat standard format of Artist – Song Name which will be scrolled in the the iTunes display while the stream is, er, streaming. Search Wikipedia v2.2 can now detect if a stream is playing, and, if the current stream title is formatted correctly, search Wikipedia using the artist portion of the title. Of course, otherwise, Search Wikipedia will use the playing or selected track’s tags as the basis for a Wikipedia article search.

September 3 '10 - 10:12 am
See Ya, CDDB

Here’s the scoop on Gracenote and CDDB: outta here, later.

September 3 '10 - 9:35 am
Gracenote Search MIA?

I’ve never known Gracenote (CDDB) to be down for maintenance, so it’s unusual to see a 404 when going to the Gracenote search page. What’s up with that?

April 14 '10 - 4:56 pm
UPDATED: Current Track to Twitter v2.0

Not necessarily to commemorate the opening of Chirp: Current Track to Twitter v2.0 will tweet information about the currently playing track to your Twitter account, either automatically every time a new track starts or manually with a click of its Dock icon. This latest version is pretty much just a maintenance update since it was last updated in 2007. (See the screenshot I’ve included on the entry page. “Updating live every two minutes” and “What you and your friends are doing” sure bring back memories.)

September 16 '09 - 9:58 am
UPDATED: CDDB Safari Kit v3.1

These two AppleScripts, “CDDB Safari” and “CDDB Tracks to iTunes via Safari”, assist in finding and retrieving Album track information, Album, Artist, and Year from Gracenote’s CDDB website using Apple’s Safari browser. CDDB Safari Kit v3.1 addresses some minor changes in Gracenote’s page formatting.

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