Download hundreds (465 and counting) of AppleScripts for Apple's iTunes that will help make managing your digital music collection easier and more fun!
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Exports and then re-imports selected tracks' artwork
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Send the lyrics of the playing or selected track(s) to TextEdit
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Change file type to make selected AACs bookmarkable
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Remove iTunes tracks disassociated from files
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Delete characters from the beginning or ending of selected tracks' name, artist, album, comments, composer, or show tags
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Title Cap various track tags, featuring editable exceptions lists
AppleScript is a simple Macintosh-only programming language that can control and automate actions on your Mac. AppleScript is already available on your computer as part of the Mac OS and many popular applications can be automated using AppleScript scripts. Scripts written for iTunes can manage files and track information, create playlists, interact with other applications, perform innovative tasks, and handle many kinds of chores which otherwise would be repetitive, laborious, and/or time-consuming.
Cool! Where Do I Start?
Start browsing the site by using the scripts ↓ Menu link above. AppleScripts are gathered into these general Categories:
- Managing Tracks
- Managing Track Info
- Managing Artwork
- Managing Playlists
- Controlling iTunes
- Exporting Info
Or use the search box at the top of every page to try and find something specific.
Not sure how to install AppleScripts? Here's a Download/Installation FAQ & Video.
M3Unify is a simple file managing app that can copy and arrange audio files to a selected folder, volume or portable media. Tracks can be dragged from iTunes or files can be dragged from the Finder. When loaded in M3Unify, a set of flexible exporting options enables you to arrange your music files the way you and your music player want.
With M3Unify you can:
- Copy files of tracks dragged from iTunes or the Finder to a selected folder
- Rename copied files using substitution patterns based on track tags
- Create Album or Artist/Album sub-folders based on track tags
- Export album artwork as “folder.jpg” files, one per Album sub-folder
- Create an M3U playlist
- Format M3U Extended track information using substitution patterns based on track tags
- Optionally convert files to AAC files (or MP3 files via iTunes)
Plus, these features:
- M3U preview
- Track information and Quick Look auditioning
- Uncluttered, easy-to-use interface
- On-board and online help
This latest version adds the ability to drag Finder files; skip conversion if source files are already in the selected format; adds limited pattern matching for sub-folder creation (eg: [year]/[genre]); other enhancements and performace fixes.
We get around to talking about some tagging basics, mostly geared towards iTunes. Kirk reminds me about Option-space bar. I had the chance to mention a few AppleScripts for exporting artwork and my “Smarts” app for managing Smart playlists.
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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.
I still like me them Smart Playlists, arguably one of the best features of iTunes. I mostly use them for organizing and sorting purposes. For example, I have a bunch that segregate tracks by various iCloud Status. But I also maintain a handful that I actually play. And sometimes it’s advantageous to refresh them by removing all their tracks and letting them repopulate with different tracks. These sorts of Smart Playlists use “Live updating” and “Limit to” settings in their criteria—iTunes will prevent the removal of tracks from a Smart Playlist if it contains all the tracks from the library that meet its criteria.
Anyway, here’s one new and one updated script to assist with refereshing Smart Playlists:
Refresh Smart Playlists v2.0 has been resurrected from a version I had abandoned. It’s an applet that will display all the user-created Smart Playlists in iTunes so you can select the ones you want to batch-refresh:
Both are free to download and use, but a donation for my efforts will always leave you with a satisfied feeling afterwards.
Kirk and I wanted to find out what writing music for soundtracks was all about and so our guest for this episode is UK composer Paul Englishby. You may not have heard of him but you certainly may have heard his music, which he writes for TV, film, and stage. His latest project was composing the music for a high-tech production of “The Tempest” being staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He also does the music for the British TV shows “Luther” and “The Musketeers”, both of which are favorites at my house.
Before we get all crazy, it is Sal that is no longer at Apple. The technologies remain. Let’s hope it stays that way.
Sal is a great guy. I’ve met him and chatted with him numerous times. He’s been evangelizing AppleScript since the System 7 days when he caught the AppleScript fever through his desktop publishing work with Quark. He always paid thoughtful attention to me and my site. He once told me he would make a point of showing my site to Apple engineers as an example of the power and public popularity of AppleScript.
Meanwhile, I am optimistic about the future of desktop automation on the Mac. I guess I have to be.
UPDATE: Sal has written some thoughts about this at his website. Most importantly:
“Other Apple applications.” Like iTunes.
In our recent The Next Track episode where we discussed CD Text, I brought up the script CD Text to CD Info, which will grab the CD Text from a CD (if it uses CD Text) and apply the data to the appropriate CD tags. Then I thought: “Hmm, better have a look at that to make sure it still goes good.”
It does, but it occurred to me that I could tidy some things up. So this latest version removes a launch reminder about making sure the CD is sorted by play order; this is no longer necessary as the tracks are identified by their track number. I also added a “Export CD Text as XML” feature that will export the CD Text as a property list file. Probably not useful for most users but there it is.
This latest version is for OS X 10.10 and later only, free to use with a donate nag, and can be downloaded from this page.
Not too long ago, a version of the iTunes scripting definition used the new value “music” for the media kind property. Unfortunately, this caused confusion with the similar “Music” value for a playlist’s special kind property. This was eventually fixed such that “song” was used instead of “music” for the media kind property. All’s well now, right? We’ll never see a mistake like that again, right?
Never say never.
It happens that “songs” is an enumerator value for the search command as well as for the new shuffle mode property. And, unfortunately, when “songs” is used as the search command’s only value—eg: search somePlaylist for “my search text” only songs, indicating that one wants to search just song titles—some kind of ambiguity issue causes a reversion to the default all value. Thus, every tag is searched for the search term instead of only the song titles and you’ll get a lot more search results than expected. For example, in searching my Movies library for “Big”, I not only got “The Big Lebowski” and “The Big Chill”, but a bunch of other movies that had the word “big” in their description tag.
Ironically, a search of the scripting definition file may have caught this before “songs” was re-purposed for shuffle mode.
This affects at least one script of mine, Search Results to Playlist, which I’m fixing with a silly workaround using hard-coded enumerator codes in a run script handler. Yech.
Kirk wrote about missing artist photos in iTunes for one of his Macworld columns recently. This is an effect that was introduced in iTunes 12.5 and the iOS 10 Music app. It is disappointing to have so many microphone logos and tiny artist photos in one’s library.
Several correspondents have inquired about fixing this with some kind of homebrewed kludge, but I’m afraid not. Artist images are handled internally by Apple and the iTunes/Music apps. There is no “artist image tag” or hook or cache or anything like that such that images can be supplied by the user.
Doug’s Check For Update v1.2 is now available. This applet/droplet will check if an AppleScript that has been downloaded from this site to your computer has a newer version available.
This latest version fixes a problem that was occurring on some systems whereby the droplet function was not recognizing dropped files. It could still be used as an applet by double-clicking, but the handy drag-and-drop feature was amiss; this is fixed.
The script, for macOS 10.8 and later only, is free and can be downloaded from this page.