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I was so busy over the weekend fighting bugs in the latest release of Dupin that I neglected to post that there actually are new versions available (here in the US it was Labor Day weekend, the irony of which is not lost on me).
Dupin is your iTunes duplicates manager.
As Macworld recently wrote, both Dupin and Dupin Lite “do a much better job than iTunes’ Show Duplicate Items command of finding and zapping duplicate files, letting you easily tame overflowing libraries.” Dupin has a few more power features, such as Re-Playlisting and Consolidate History. Dupin Lite has the same Get Dupes-Filter-Purge tools without the power-user features and is available at the Mac App Store.
Both now incorporate QuickLook auditioning (added in Dupin v2.6) and support Notifications. New to both is “dead” track detection, which will enable you to ignore or delete detected “dead” track duplicates.
You can download the latest version of Dupin here, or click “Check for Update” in your current version.
Smarts is an app that will save and store the criteria of an iTunes Smart Playlist—the smarts of a Smart Playlist—as a template so you can reload it into iTunes later. Additionally, Smart Playlist criteria can be exported as a tiny XML file and then imported into any iTunes application. So you can back-up your Smart Playlists or share them with others.
New in this latest version of Smarts:
- Can now export the Smart Playlist selected in iTunes or Current Smart Playlists as an XML file
- Adds contextual menu access to most commands
- Can check if a template is already loaded in iTunes or if a Smart Playlist is already saved as a template
- Can export multiple items to a single XML file
- Minor maintenance fixes to optimize efficiency
I think I’ll take the day off! Macworld reviews TrackSift as a Mac Gem and awards it four mice. Thanks!
TrackSift v1.2.2 is up at the Mac App Store. TrackSift brings together nine fun and useful Tools for iTunes in one attractive, simple to install and easy to use app. Delete “dead” tracks, delete empty playlists, delete unwanted Genre names, locate tracks without artwork, without lyrics, or not in any playlist, and create one-hits, two-fers, and three-fers playlists. This latest version fixes a problem with the “Without Artwork” tool incorrectly reporting extant dead tracks and tweaks the “one-hits” tool algorithm. TrackSift is $1.99 at the Mac App Store.
Smarts v1.1.0 will save and store the criteria of an iTunes Smart Playlist — the smarts of a Smart Playlist — as a template so you can reload it into iTunes later. This version adds the ability to save a delete multiple selections and fixes a couple of minor bugs. Smarts is free and only available from the Mac App Store.
TrackSift v1.2 is now available. TrackSift brings together nine fun and useful Tools for iTunes in one attractive, simple to install and easy to use app:
- Delete “dead” tracks, delete empty playlists, and delete unwanted Genre names
- Find songs without album art, without lyrics, and not in playlists
- Create “One-Hit Wonder”, “Two-Fer”, and “Three-Fer” playlists
New in version 1.2:
- New De-Genre tool replaces Podcasts tool
- Fixes issues with large libraries (50K+ tracks)
- Fixes issues with preliminary library scan
- Fixes issues with iTunes Match tracks
- Speeds-up no artwork tool
- Improvements to Delete Empty Playlists tool
- Improvements to Not In Playlist tool
- Improvements to One-Hit Wonders tool
- Minor GUI enhancements
Nine tools, one app—just $1.99 on the Mac App Store.
Dupin Lite v1.1.3 fixes an issue running Filter on a selection of tracks whereby it would appear that the app had stopped working. (The standard version of Dupin is not affected by this issue.)
WikiScoop is an app that lets you search for and browse Wikipedia articles written about the Artists in your iTunes library. This latest version accounts for changes in Wikipedia’s page formatting which prevented images and inline links to display. Available at the Mac App Store.
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.
WikiScoop is an app that allows you to browse Wikipedia using an index made up of the Artists in your iTunes library.
After finding an article for an Artist, you can bookmark that article to the Artist for faster retrieval later or offline reading. Additionally, you can set which Wikipedia language site to browse (currently English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, and Russian).