February 2011

February 26 2011 - 11:49 am

Skip and Pretend We Played This Redux

A popular item on the Missing Menu Commands page is Skip and Pretend We Played This. If a song is playing that you don’t really want to hear, you’d launch this script to increase its play count by 1 (since it would not be increased until the track actually finished playing), set the last played date to the current date and time (ditto), and play the next track. I use it in a live-updating Smart Playlist that, among other criteria, uses the last played date to only list songs not played in the past few weeks. This keeps any track I don’t want to hear from re-appearing for another few weeks. Ideally launched via shortcut, and so on.

But ANYway.

Correspondent Dirk Scharff noted that “if used in the first 2-20 seconds of the song the skip counter is increased too and that’s somewhat undesirable as this wouldn’t happen if I played that song.” I don’t pay much attention to skips at my house, but he has a point. So Dirk submitted a mod to the script which I have incorporated below:


February 25 2011 - 9:25 am

NEW: A Space Between v1.0

iTunes has had the Crossfade feature for a while, whereby consecutive songs will overlap for a few seconds at end-to-beginning. But what if you want the opposite effect: a set amount of silence between each song? But you can’t set a negative Crossfade. A Space Between is an AppleScript applet that will wait a user-set number of seconds between plays of consecutive tracks in a playlist. Just select a playlist, or a track in a playlist, launch the applet, and enter a number of seconds.

The tracks will play, pausing for the entered number of seconds between each track.

February 15 2011 - 8:54 pm

Ten Years

February 15th is the anniversary date of this site and this year makes ten anniversaries. Wow, huh? Actually, I had some stuff up slightly earlier than that, but I can’t Wayback much of it and the original files are probably on a Zip disc or something. Closet > Back of Closet > Milk Crate > Shoebox > Zip Discs. Like I’m going back there to even look, right?

Thanks for visiting and making it a lot of fun. I use iTunes with AppleScripts everyday and can’t believe how geeked-out I still am about it.

February 10 2011 - 8:55 pm

Spins v1.0.3

I’ve updated Spins to v1.0.3. Spins examines your iTunes library and displays stats about your most played tracks. Left to right, its “Breakouts” window, main window displaying one of four panels, and “Live Spins” floating display:

This latest version fixes an issue configuring hours for display, changes how the total tracks of the same rank are displayed in the Live Spins window, and makes some enhancements for stability. Spins is $10 shareware but the un-registered demo is free to use with limited features. Version 1.0.3 is a free update for registered users.

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