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May 19 '17 - 12:14 pm
UPDATED: Convert and Replace v2.4

Convert and Replace v2.4 will convert the files of the selected tracks using an iTunes encoder chosen on-the-fly (each encoder’s current Preferences-set options will be in effect) and replace the original tracks throughout the playlists of your entire library with the newly converted versions. Additionally, you can opt to Trash/delete or keep the original files and tracks.

This latest version will stay running and not quit after conversion (registered version), monitors changes to the selection of tracks and removes the ability to select a playlist of tracks.

Interestingly, a Correspondent inquired if the script could be modified to accommodate two conversions. Here’s why: he wanted to convert 24 bit depth/48 kHz audio files (downloaded from Bandcamp) to Apple Lossless. But Apple Lossless conversion retains the original bit depth and sample rate, defeating the purpose (to some extent) of converting to a smaller file format. So he uses the script to convert these files to 16 bit/44.1 kHz AIFF files first and then again to convert them to ALAC.

Performing two conversions back-to-back automatically with different encoders would be a bit of a stretch for the script. So, as a compromise, I have let it stay open after conversion (at least for registered users) so that the original set of tracks remains the Source if a second conversion of them is required.

A registration code for Convert and Replace is $1.99 and it’s free to demo for ten days; it’s a free upgrade for current users. It can be downloaded from this page.

April 24 '17 - 11:51 am
UPDATED: Drop A Few My Way v4.0

It’s been five years since I last updated Drop A Few My Way which is now at version 4.0. This script is a droplet that converts audio files dropped on it using an iTunes encoder selected on-the-fly and saves the converted files to a user-selected location or adjacent to the source file. The tracks created during the process are removed from iTunes. I keep it in the Toolbar of my Finder windows for quick access when I just need to quickly convert a file or three without having to add it to iTunes and later clean out the detritus.

This latest version of Drop A Few My Way is a general update for macOS 10.10 and later and is free to use with a donation requested.

November 27 '16 - 6:51 am
NEW: Display File Path

Essentially—and some might argue for either better or worse—iTunes is a file manager.
In fact, I usually will tell people to just forget about the files. Let iTunes deal with them. Most people will never need to examine the files inside the iTunes Media folder.

OTOH, I do all kinds of twisted things to tags and metadata and I often need to know how that may have affected the location of a file. Or sometimes I’ll need to know if a file is where I think it is or is still named what I thought it was.

This information isn’t handily available (although some Smarties will copy the file path to the Comments tag so it is viewable in the Comments column in the browser window). You can reveal a track’s file using iTunes’ “Show in Finder” command or see its file path in the Info window’s File tab, but this uses up valuable finger time. And the Info window is modal; you can’t run scripts when it’s visible.

So I made this simple stay-open applet that will monitor iTunes and display the file path of the single selected track.

The window is resizeable horizontally and the text is scrollable.

The Display File Path window will float alongside iTunes and whenever a single track is selected—and its file is accessible—the file’s path will be displayed. The displayed file path can be copied as text to the clipboard and the file can be selected in the Finder. There’s also an option to show the file paths of each playing track instead of the single selected track.

Obviously, it’s only useful for occasional special jobs but I’ve been finding it handy when the need has arisen. It’s free to download and use with a donation nag and is available here.

November 14 '15 - 7:07 pm
UPDATED: Music Folder Files Not Added v5.2

I think I finally licked a text encoding problem with Music Folder Files Not Added in this latest version.

Music Folder Files Not Added will list the file paths of the files in your designated “iTunes Media” folder which are not in iTunes’ track library. Additionally, you can select a different parent folder and its contents will be compared to the iTunes library. The files listed in this screenshot are located in my “iTunes Media” folder but have no associated track entry in iTunes:

Includes options to Filter results, Add a selection of found files to iTunes (Mobile Applications can not be added this way), move them to the Trash, and Export a text file listing the file paths.

Several users had been reporting issues with text encodings (especially with Greek, German and Cyrillic text, but others also) and this version addresses this problem.

More information and download is here.

July 20 '15 - 2:22 pm
UPDATED: Music Folder Files Not Added v5.0

Music Folder Files Not Added v5.0 will list the file paths of the files in your designated “iTunes Media” folder which are not in iTunes’ track library.

The files listed in this screenshot are in my iTunes Media/Music/ folder but are not in the iTunes track library. In my case, this iTunes Media folder is used by two different iTunes installations on different partitions, so it is also possible that these files are added as track entries in the iTunes on the other partition. However, it is not uncommon to delete the tracks from iTunes without choosing to Trash the files.

Additionally, you can select a different parent folder and its contents will be compared to the iTunes library. Includes options to Filter results, Add a selection of found files to iTunes (Mobile Applications can not be added this way), move them to the Trash, and Export a text file listing the file paths.

This latest version includes PDF, Mobile Application, iTunes LP and iTunes Extra files when used with iTunes 12.2 or later; adds a Filter option to show only file paths containing entered text; has general performance tweaks.

Music Folder Files Not Added is free to try for 10 days and is $1.99 thereafter. More information and download is on this page.

July 1 '15 - 11:07 am
UPDATED: Music Folder Files Not Added v4.5

Music Folder Files Not Added will list the file paths of the files in your designated “iTunes Media” folder which are not in iTunes’ track library. Additionally, you can select a different parent folder and its contents will be compared to the iTunes library. Includes options to Add a selection of found files to iTunes, move them to the Trash, and export a text file listing the file paths.

This latest version accommodates some changes in iTunes 12.2 and provides preliminary support for OS X 10.11 (El Capitan) beta.

Music Folder Files Not Added is free to try for 10 days, $1.99 thereafter. This is a free update for registered users.

More information and download is on this page.

June 19 '15 - 6:12 am
Script of the Day: Convert and Replace

Convert and Replace will convert the selected tracks using an encoder chosen on-the-fly (the encoder’s current Preferences-set options will be in effect) and replace the originals throughout the playlists of your entire library with the newly converted versions.

Convert and Replace

Additionally, you can opt to Trash/delete or keep the original files and tracks.

More information and download is on this page.

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June 1 '15 - 6:11 am
Script of the Day: Convert and Export

Convert and Export will convert the files of the selected tracks in iTunes using an encoder of your choice on-the-fly (restoring your Preferences-set encoder afterwards). The newly converted files are then moved to a new location of your choice, and their tracks removed from iTunes.

More info and download is on this page.

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May 27 '15 - 7:23 am
Script of the Day: PDF Adder

PDF Adder is a collection of two scripts that each assist with adding PDF files to iTunes as “digital booklet” PDF tracks. Each provides a method for easily supplying Author (artist), Album, Category (genre), Year, Rating and Description tag data which is then applied to the newly-added PDF track entry:

  • Add as PDF to iTunes is a PDF Service workflow that, when installed, will be available in the PDF pop-up menu of the Print Dialog. It allows you to save the current document as a PDF file (from any application that uses the Print Dialog) and add it to iTunes.
  • PDF Adder is an applet/droplet that will let you choose or drag-and-drop an existing PDF file and add it to iTunes. It can be installed in iTunes’ Scripts folder for easy access from iTunes Script menu.

PDF Adder

Here are some suggestions for your own “digital booklets”:

  • Album lyrics/liner notes
  • Music production notes
  • Manuals
  • Receipts/order confirmations
  • DJ set lists
  • Podcast addenda
  • Audiobook chapter synopses
  • Lecture notes
  • Sound effects indexes

Anything you can print, you can make into a PDF…and any PDF can be added to iTunes.

More info and download is on this page.

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May 14 '15 - 6:29 am
Script of the Day: Export Files From Playlists

Export Files From Playlists will export copies of the files of the tracks in two or more playlists to a single user-selected folder.

Export Files From Playlists

In the screenshot above, the files of the tracks in the selected playlists, “David Bowie” and “Little Feat”, are being copied to a previously selected folder location.

More info and download is on this page.

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