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August 3 '15 - 10:37 am
UPDATED: Search Results to Playlist v2.1

Search Results to Playlist can search a chosen category (Library, Music, Movies, etc) or the selected playlist for user-entered text by All, Song, Artist, Album, or Composer tag and copy the track results to a Search Results playlist, which will be created automatically if necessary.

Search Results to Playlist

It can optionally re-create or append to the Search Results playlist on each run. Floats over iTunes while active for easy access.

This latest version has some minor fixes for compatibility with iTunes 12.2+ and accommodations for OS X 10.11 beta.

More information and download is on this page.

June 25 '15 - 6:47 am
Script of the Day: Search Results to Playlist

Search Results to Playlist can search a chosen category (entire Library, Music, Movies, etc) or the selected playlist for user-entered text by All, Song, Artist, Album, or Composer tag and copy the track results to a Search Results playlist, which will be created automatically if necessary.

Search Results to Playlist

Can optionally re-create or append to the Search Results playlist on each run. Floats over iTunes while active for easy access.

More information and download is on this page.

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June 5 '15 - 6:28 am
Script of the Day: Search Results to Playlist

Search Results to Playlist will search a chosen category (Library, Music, Movies, etc) or the selected playlist for user-entered text by All, Song, Artist, Album, or Composer tag and copy the track results to a Search Results playlist, which will be created automatically if necessary.

Search Results to Playlist

It can optionally re-create or append to the Search Results playlist on each run. Conveniently floats over iTunes while active for easy access.

More information and download is on this page.

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May 20 '15 - 5:57 am
Script of the Day: Copy Tracks to Multiple Playlists

Copy Tracks to Multiple Playlists will copy the selected tracks to one or more chosen playlists.

Copy Tracks to Multiple Playlists

More information and download is on this page.

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May 18 '15 - 5:45 am
Script of the Day: Albums Assemble

Albums Assemble will discern the Album tags of the selected tracks and then copy all the available tracks of each of those Albums to the current playlist, other existing playlist or new playlist.

Albums Assemble

Works with tracks selected in iTunes or a mounted iPod/iOS device set to manually manage tracks.

More info and download is on this page.

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November 8 '14 - 2:42 pm
Latest Batch of Updates

So busy slapping ’em together that I hadn’t posted I’d updated ’em. Here’s the last few updated scripts (October 29 – November 8):

Set Video Kind of Selected v5.0 – change the video kind property of the selected tracks to your choice of “Home Video”, “Movie”, “Music Video” or “TV Show”. Additionally, “Show Name”, “Season Number”, and incremental “Episode Number” can also be set or cleared for each selected track.

Convert and Replace v2.0 – 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. Additionally, you can opt to Trash/delete or keep the original files and tracks.

Trackographer v4.0 – stay-open applet will monitor iTunes and send tag and time-of-play information of each track that plays (including iTunes Radio and internet radio streams if they provide track info) to a text file. Preferences can be set to include or not include various basic tags and to create a plain text file or a tab-delimited text file which can be imported into a spreadsheet.

Multi-Item Edit v2.1 – mostly bug fixes; edit most track tags (and some additional options) in a single window which emulates the pre-iTunes 12 “multiple items” format; that is, a checkbox adjacent to each tag allows you to select which changes are to be applied to the selection’s tags.

Delete Selected Files v2.0 – remove each selected track from all playlists and Trash or immediately delete their corresponding files. Some iTunes delete commands will not move files from outside the “iTunes Media” folder to the Trash. This script worksaround that.

Find Truncated Tracks v2.0 – assists with segregating iTunes Match tracks that appear to get cut-off when played (due to a possible bug which Kirk describes here). Then these truncated tracks can be deleted and re-downloaded intact (by you, not the script).

Playlist Manager v2.0 – iTunes only allows one playlist to be selected at a time. This applet can perform common useful tasks on a multiple selection of playlists: rename (add text, remove text, search and replace text), duplicate, delete, export, merge.

Search Results to Playlist v2.0 – search a chosen category (Library, Music, Movies, etc) or the selected playlist for user-entered text by All, Song, Artist, Album, or Composer tag and copy the track results to a Search Results playlist, which will be created automatically if necessary. Can optionally re-create or append to the Search Results playlist on each run. Floats over iTunes while active for easy access.

October 8 '14 - 1:44 pm
UPDATED: List MIAs v4.0

List MIAs v4.0 will check your entire iTunes library for missing and presumed dead tracks—those tracks that iTunes is unable to associate with a file and which are listed in iTunes with a “!”—and can create a text file listing these tracks by alleged File Path (if available), Song Name, Artist and Album, which you can view using TextEdit.

This latest version has additional support for OS X 10.10 Yosemite/iTunes 12, drops support for pre-OS X 10.8, adds a “Check for Update” menu command, and tweaks to improve performance.

By the way, to actually remove dead tracks from iTunes use Super Remove Dead Tracks or TrackSift 2.

More info and download is here.

July 13 '14 - 3:43 pm
UPDATED: Not In Any Playlist v2.0

I don’t necessarily encourage using playlists as longer-than-semi-temporary organizers. In fact, you could trash all my playlists right now and I wouldn’t care. But if the thought of doing that on your own library makes your spine melt at about L5 then you might have OCD want to try meditation Not In Any Playlist.

This applet will scan iTunes for tracks that are not assigned to any user-created playlists and display them. Includes options to export the list as a text file, ignore Smart playlists, ignore non-Music tracks, and copy selected tracks to a new or existing iTunes playlist.

Not In Any Playlist is free to try full-featured for 10 days. More info and download here.

June 24 '14 - 9:36 am
NEW: Unfinished Podcast Episodes

My Podcasts library is littered with episodes I started playing with good intentions but abandoned. For a while, I was just keeping the 3 most recent episodes and the older unfinished episodes could take a hike in a black hole. But that’s only satisfactory if the episodes happen to be time-sensitive. I’ve got a batch of evergreen episodes that I want to evaluate, but only if I haven’t finished listening to them.

Unfinished Podcast Episodes will scan the Podcasts library (media tracks in other libraries that may be podcasts will be ignored) for episodes that have not finished playing and copy them to a playlist named “[-Unfinished Podcast Episodes>”.

The script detects that an episode’s bookmark-time value—the position at which it was paused or stopped—is less than its duration. The bookmark time will be set if an episode is set to “Remember playback position”, the default setting for downloaded podcast episodes. .

More information and download is here.

June 4 '14 - 1:39 pm
NEW: Track CPR

iTunes will let you re-associate a file with a single selected dead track.

This really is the safest way for iTunes to do this. The user approves a one-to-one correspondence with a user-selected track and a user-chosen file. If an error choosing the correct track/file pair is made, the user made it, not iTunes. Still, being able to point an album’s or artist’s worth of dead tracks at a folder of corresponding files seems like it would be a simple task, though in practice perhaps not always one-hundred percent fool-proof.

I’ve been putting off building something like that for a long time because of the fool-proof factor. It’s restrictive and awkward to make a one-size-fits-all tool without including a lot of options to account for idiosyncratic ambiguities that ultimately may generate more support issues—to put it politely—than I would like to handle.

With compromise and limitations in mind, I’m posting Track CPR, a script that assists with batch re-associating files with dead tracks.

And, in the interest of avoiding as many support issues as possible it’s somewhat narrowly focused; while this script will do a lot of the work for you, it can’t make a lot of decisions for you. Therefore you may find it tedious.

But not as tedious as clicking the “Locate” button 200 times:

So here’s how it works:
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