October 2011

October 25 2011 - 8:14 pm

Name New Playlist From Selection

I use the “New Playlist from Selection” command a lot to create temporary playlists. Actually, I use the Shift-Command-N shortcut more often than clicking the command in the File menu. But I’m irritated at all the dancing I have to do to name the new “untitled playlist”. It takes my attention away from what I was intending to do with the tracks. So, I rigged the script below to the keyboard shortcut Shift-Command-N—it works, luckily; sometimes assigning a shortcut that iTunes is already using doesn’t override the original command. The script does exactly what “New Playlist from Selection” does except now I can enter the name for the playlist before it’s created.

Here’s the script:

October 21 2011 - 8:48 am

UPDATED: Trackographer v2.0

Trackographer v2.0 is a stay-open applet that will monitor iTunes as tracks are playing and send tag information from each playing track (including 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. The text output looks something like this:

This latest version is a maintenance update that fixes some issues with text not rendering properly in modern OS’s.

October 20 2011 - 10:23 am

UPDATED: Track Down Purchases v2.0

If you have been making purchases from the iTunes Store using several names or account names then maybe you’ll have noticed that there’s no easy way to sort purchased tracks by the name or account name used to make the purchase. Oh, wait a minute. Yes there is.

Track Down Purchases v2.0 will examine each track in your entire iTunes library—or a selection of tracks—for items purchased from the iTunes Store (audio, video, and books) and then sort them by either the purchaser’s name (the “Purchased by” entry in a track’s Get Info Summary tab) or account (“Account Name”) into discrete playlists.

This latest version is written as a Cocoa-AppleScript applet for OS 10.6 or 10.7 only, adds the ability to sort by account name, and provides a progress indicator. (My thanks to Correspondent Andrew Wynn Rouse for inventing the account name search portion.)

October 14 2011 - 11:14 am

UPDATED: Assimilate View Options v3.0

Assimilate View Options v3.0 re-creates a selected playlist so its View Options (visible columns) are the same as the main Music library (taking advantage of the fact that new playlists acquire the Music library’s View Options). Works only with regular playlists and Smart playlists.

This latest version works with playlists inside a folder playlist.

Assign it a keyboard shortcut for ease of use.

October 11 2011 - 2:57 pm

iTunes 10.5 Released

Apple released iTunes 10.5 today. The long-anticipated 10.5 release includes support for iCloud, iTunes Match, and automatic downloads. OS 10.5 (Leopard) or better required. (Interestingly, the iTunes 10.5.1 beta was released to developers.)

October 8 2011 - 7:45 am

WikiScoop v1.0.2 Released

WikiScoop is an app that lets you search for and browse Wikipedia articles written about the Artists in your iTunes library. This latest version accounts for changes in Wikipedia’s page formatting which prevented images and inline links to display. Available at the Mac App Store.

October 6 2011 - 6:29 am

Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 5 2011 - 11:21 am

UPDATED: Rate Me! Rate Me! v4.0

Rate Me! Rate Me! watches your playing tracks and when an un-rated track starts playing displays a window with a demand it be rated.

While you could easily rate the current track from the iTunes icon in the Dock, this script interrupts you and compels you to do so.

This latest version is re-written as a Cocoa-AppleScript Applet for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 only.

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