Archive for the ‘iTunes Store’ Category
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”
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 appand 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.
Kirk had a tip about using Google to search the iTunes Store in his Macworld column today. Here’s a script for that:
set searchText to text returned of (display dialog “Search the iTunes Music Store for:” default answer “”)
tell application “Finder” to open location “http://www.google.com/search?q=site:itunes.apple.com ” & searchText
Launch and enter some search text and click the “OK” button. A new window with Google results will be displayed by your default browser.
Track Down Purchases v2.2 will examine each track in the entire iTunes library—or a selection of tracks—for items purchased from the iTunes Store (audio, video, and books) and then sort them by either the purchaser’s name or account ID into discrete playlists, eg: “Purchased by Tom Ryan” or “Purchased by firstname.lastname@example.org”.
This latest version changes the name of each playlist created (prefixing it with “Purchased by”) so that they’ll sort together and also fixes an issue with misreading account ID data that produced garbled text in the playlist names.
More info and download here.
You may have been (prematurely) lamenting the inability to drag tracks from the iTunes Store to a playlist on your machine for later purchase because of the new format. Well, just put the store in Browse mode (Command-B). Tracks will be available the old-fashioned way, more or less: