Download hundreds (466 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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Perform search-and-replace on text in your choice of tags
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Convert selected tracks and export the converted files to a new folder
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Search for lyric sites with Google using info from the current or selected track
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Set choice of various number tags of selected tracks incrementally
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Export files of tracks in two or more playlists to single folder
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Enter text for the selected tracks' Description tag
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.
Apple released iTunes 184.108.40.206 just about a week ago. Now build version 220.127.116.11 is available from the App Store app’s Updates pane.
I believe this is the third time a release has been updated with a minor build shortly after its initial release.
It is possible that a recent change in the operating system may affect the ability to make an in-app donation in several scripts. These will be scripts that have the “nag” screens; when quitting, you may be unable to access PayPal when clicking the “I’ll Donate” button. Instead, the script will simply quit.
I am working on updates. Thanks for your patience.
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 couple of Correspondents have reported that fresh installations of Sierra do not have a “iTunes” folder in the User Library folder (~/Library/iTunes/). Traditionally, this folder contains the “iTunes Plug-Ins” folder and the “Scripts” folder (see my Download FAQ page for more details). Additionally, some third-party apps may use this folder for caching their own iTunes-related files. However, the “Scripts” folder is not created automatically and needs to be created by the user; and I believe Apple has lately inhibited the use of third-party visualizers such that the “iTunes Plug-Ins” folder may no longer be necessary. Perhaps, therefore, the ~/Library/iTunes/ folder is not created automatically anymore either.
To repeat: this seems to affect clean installs of the latest Sierra and iTunes 12.6 and later. If you already have these folders configured on your machine they will not disappear when you upgrade the operating system—at least, that’s been my experience.
iTunes still looks for AppleScript files in this location to make them available in its Script menu, so if your system isn’t configured with the ~/Library/iTunes/ folder you will have to create the intermediate “iTunes” folder there and then the “Scripts” folder within it.
AppleScripts can also be installed in the /Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder—that’s the [startup disk]/Library/ folder and putting AppleScripts here makes them available to all Users. Again, the “Scripts” folder may have to be created by the user.
AppleScripts will appear in the system-wide Script menu in the Menu Bar when they are installed in ~/Library/Scripts/Applications/iTunes/ for the single User or /Library/Scripts/Applications/iTunes/ for all Users.
Apple has released iTunes 12.6.1 with “minor app and performance improvements”. Updates for each operating system were also released today. More as it develops.
We observe our first anniversary with a look back at some of our most interesting and popular episodes.
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.
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 a preferences option to rename files and sub-folders using strictly limited alphanumeric character set; improves handling of .AIFC files; other enhancements and performace fixes.
While I like having playlist windows restored in iTunes 12.6, their return is somewhat problematic for many of my scripts. As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent a few years stripping out references to playlist window in many scripts, particularly the ones that need to access a selection of tracks. In many cases, these scripts can only recognize tracks selected in the main window (the browser window) and cannot recognize a selection of tracks in a playlist window.
I’m updating scripts to accommodate playlist window track selection, but this will take some time to roll out.
In the meantime, be aware that some scripts will need you to select tracks in the main iTunes window. Tracks selected in a playlist window will be ignored.
If it really drives you crazy that after closing a playlist window iTunes is compelled to put focus on the entire Music library, use the following script to close the frontmost playlist window and thereafter select the playlist it had contained in the main window:
tell application “iTunes”
set frontPlaylistWindow to front playlist window
set thePlaylist to view of frontPlaylistWindow
Click on the little AppleScript icon above to open the script in Script Editor at your house—don’t copy the text in the browser.
Save the script as a Compiled “.scpt” with Script Editor named whatever you like in your [home]/Library/iTunes/Scripts/ folder so it can be launched from the iTunes Script menu. You may want to assign it a keyboard shortcut.
When run, it will get a reference to the front playlist window; if none is open, the script will fail silently. It will proceed to get a reference to the playlist contained by the playlist window, close the playlist window and finally select (reveal) the playlist.