Archive for the ‘Tips and Info’ Category

February 4 '14 - 7:44 am
UPDATED: This Tag That Tag v3.4

This Tag That Tag v3.4 will assist with swapping, copying, and appending data between two user-chosen tags in selected tracks or tracks in the selected playlist:

Swap – swap data between tags, ex: ARTIST<->COMPOSER
Copy – copy data from one to another tag, ex: ARTIST->COMPOSER ARTIST
Append – append data from one tag to the end of another, ex: ARTIST->COMPOSER – ARTIST
Prepend – prepend data from one tag to the beginning of another, ex: ARTIST->ARTIST – COMPOSER

The latter three actions also provide an option to delete the info from the first tag after the copy.

This latest version adds “Category”, “Description” and “Episode ID” text tags as options and a few minor tweaks and adjustments.

More info and download is here.

June 7 '13 - 4:22 pm
Search for Scripts from the Help Menu

I may have known this. But I guess I forgot about it. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found you can type the first few letters of a script you want to use (that is installed in ~/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ so that it appears in the iTunes Script menu) in the Search box in iTunes Help menu. These scripts are seen as menu items, so any script containing the entered text will show in the “Menu-Items” result. Then, if you hover the mouse over the script’s name, the actual Script menu pops up with the script highlighted and that hovering blue arrow pointing at it:

September 10 '11 - 9:49 am
Key Code Searching

Here’s a snippet I’ve been using for awhile which I just got around to posting on the key codes page. I keep my iTunes Column Browser set with Artists and Albums listed On Left. Whenever I’m looking for a particular album I run this script to select the Music library and put focus on the Search box:

tell application "iTunes"
	activate
	-- select the Music library
	reveal (some playlist whose special kind is Music)
end tell
tell application "System Events"
	-- bring focus to Search box - Command-Option-F
	key code 3 using {command down, option down}
end tell


I’ve given it a keyboard shortcut of Command-Option-S.

More information on AppleScripting iTunes with key codes and keystrokes is here.

May 13 '11 - 1:12 pm
Make Ringable at iPhone Ticker

German iPhone site iPhone Ticker posted a nice article and You Tube video describing how to use my free Make Ringable script to create ringtones from your iTunes tracks.

January 27 '11 - 11:26 am
Create Shortcut Keys to Select Libraries

There are no shortcut keys to select the Music, Podcast, TV Shows, and other libraries. But you can use AppleScript to create some. Here’s how:

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January 18 '11 - 11:10 am
All Those Audio Formats

Via Lifehacker, this How-To Geek article is a great primer on the differences among digital audio formats.

January 10 '11 - 12:42 pm
Skip Back or Ahead Custom Mods

Recently, I was watching a DVR of a football game I had made with EyeTV. In general, I prefer to skip the parts that aren’t showing football players playing football. So, while watching the game on iTunes I used the script Skip Back or Ahead to jump ahead 120 seconds when necessary.

The thing about that script is that I didn’t exactly streamline the workflow. Here are the steps required to skip ahead 120 seconds:

  1. Click the iTunes Scripts menu, scroll, and click the script’s name to launch the script
  2. Enter the number of seconds in the dialog that appears–in this case the three digits “1-2-0″
  3. Click the “Ahead” button to dismiss the dialog

…and then the playing iTunes track, my football game, advances two minutes. But although it looks like just three quick steps it seems to take about a half an hour to perform. OK, not a half an hour. But it does seem kinda clunky to have to do a lot of mousing and key pressing just to perform a simple task like skipping ahead.

Here’s what you can do to streamline the script at your house.

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September 16 '10 - 10:51 am
Take Your Album List WIth You

You probably know that you can use iTunes’ Print command to create CD box labels and stuff, which I’m guessing not many people need much any more. You can also print a list of all your Albums, sorted by Artist. Big whoop? Well, instead of printing it to paper, use the PDF Service in PDF Adder to add the listing as a PDF to iTunes’ Books library. It syncs to the iBooks app on your iPhone or iPad, too, so you can keep a portable list of all your albums with you. Update it once a month or so. Mine came to thirty-two pages! (Gotta work on my iPhone Cross-Country-Ski-Fingers Speed Scroll technique.)

BTW: I was reminded of album list printing when I heard Kirk chatting with Chuck Joiner about his new book, Take Control of iTunes 10: The FAQ (which will also sync nicely to your iBooks app).

March 10 '10 - 10:42 am
Migrate Your iTunes From Windows to Mac

I frequently get asked if there is an easy way to move an iTunes library (files, playlists, ratings, and all) from a Windows machine to a Mac. My friend Kirk McElhearn has written it all down in this how-to at Macworld.

January 14 '10 - 9:29 am
Size of Files, Size of Library

It’s not the size of your “iTunes Media” files that best describes how big your media file collection is. Often, querying Correspondents will report that their iTunes Media folder is so many GBs (or so many days-worth). But if that total includes a lot of video then the number of files is smaller than the same-sized folder containing just 128kbps audio files (eg: my “Star Trek” with Extras at 6GB+ is a little smaller than my “Compilations” folder which contains over a thousand files). Very few of my scripts and apps directly work on the files in the iTunes Media folder anyway, so in many cases its size is irrelevant; scripts work with tracks in iTunes, so the number of tracks is more important than the size of their files. A better relative measurement for comparison purposes is the size of your “iTunes Music Library.xml” file (located in ~/Music/iTunes). It has an entry for each track in your library and all (well, most) playlists. Therefore, the more tracks and playlists you have the larger the XML file will be.

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