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January 5 2018 - 11:01 am

Exporting Voice Memos

A Correspondent asked how to deal with Voice Memos when the Voice Memo track in iTunes is named using the text that was entered after recording it and its associated file is named using a date and time format. Specifically, he wanted to offload and archive some of the recordings but was concerned that the filenames were not sufficient to describe the contents of the file. Could the track name be transferred to the filename?

The script File Renamer is ostensibly for renaming a track’s file in-place. But it can also be used to rename a copy of a file which can be saved to a user-chosen folder.

In this case, the Voice Memos have already been sync’d to iTunes from the iPhone. I’ve selected a single Voice Memo track in the screenshot, but batches are acceptable as well.

I originally named the Voice Memo “New Recording 3”. But the filename of the selected track is something like “20180105 060425.m4a”, indicating that I recorded it on January 5, 2018 a little after 6AM. File Renamer will create a copy of the file and name it “Voice Memo – New Recording 3.m4a” using the genre and name tags of the track, as well as some additional separator text. The original file remains unaffected.

BTW: I wasn’t able to find a specific Voice Memos playlist in iTunes. (Was there ever one? I’m not a Voice Memos Guy.) So I created my own with a Smart Playlist matching all media where Media Kind is Voice Memo.

For more sophisticated offloading options, you may also want to try M3Unify.

June 24 2015 - 5:24 am

Script of the Day: Playlist Names to Text File

Playlist Names to Text File will export the names of the playlists in the selected Source to a text file. The Source is determined by whatever playlist is currently selected: if you have a device playlist selected, all its names will be exported; if you have an iTunes library playlist selected, then all iTunes playlist names will be exported.

More information and download is on this page.

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June 11 2015 - 6:34 am

Script of the Day: Make an EQ Preset Script

Make An EQ Preset Script will create a new AppleScript applet using data from a selected EQ preset. When that applet is run it will re-create the EQ preset you selected…in any iTunes (on a Mac, of course).

In the screenshot, the selected applet was created by the script, and the applet created the EQ setting:

This makes it easy to accurately share your EQ Presets with friends or make back-ups of your EQ Presets.

More information and download is on this page.

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June 2 2015 - 6:31 am

Script of the Day: Lyrics to TextEdit

Lyrics to TextEdit copies the text from the lyrics tag of the currently playing track–or if no track is playing, the selected track(s)–to a new TextEdit document. If a track’s lyrics tag is blank then it will be skipped.

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May 13 2015 - 5:33 am

Script of the Day: Make PDF Booklet

Make PDF Booklet will create a PDF document containing tag info from the selected tracks (or every track from the selected playlist) and then add the PDF to iTunes and copy it to the playlist where the selected tracks reside.

Make PDF Booklet

As you may know, iTunes can manage PDF “booklets” as though they were tracks. Here are example PDFs made with the script using audio tracks and using TV Show tracks.

More info and download is on this page.

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November 14 2014 - 8:42 pm

Son of Latest Batch of Updates

Like last week, I hadn’t gotten around to posting individual blurbs on all the updated stuff from this week (November 9-14). So, briefly:

Drop to Add and Give Info v3.0 – drop files onto this droplet and it will supply a Get Info-type interface to add basic tags to the tracks once they’re added to iTunes. Better Yosemite support.

PDF Adder v5.0 – applet/droplet and PDF Service enable you to supply some basic tags to PDFs added to iTunes, the latter is a PDF Service workflow accessible from any app’s Print Dialog. Yosemite support, minor tweaks.

Make PDF Booklet v3.0 – assists with creating lists of track data exported as a text-only PDF. Support for Yosemite.

This Tag That Tag v4.2 – copy, swap and append data between tags of selected tracks. Fixed a progress indicator that wouldn’t indicate progress. I hate when that happens.

Delete Selected Files v2.1 – removes selected tracks and can move their files to the Trash or delete them immediately. Fixes a problem when canceling and progress would not cancel.

Drop to Add and Make Playlists v3.0– drop folders of media files onto this droplet and it will add the files to iTunes and create playlists for the tracks based on the names of the folders. Adds better support for Yosemite.

All HD and SD to Playlists v2.0 – creates two playlists containing, respectively, all the SD video tracks and all the HD video tracks in the library. Mostly just a maintenance update since last update in 2009.

Make An EQ Preset Script v3.0 – creates a new AppleScript applet using data from the selected EQ Preset. When that applet is launched it will re-create the EQ Preset in any iTunes (on a Mac). Handy way to archive EQ Presets. This is a major maintenance update, added better options in the applet for renaming.

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February 5 2014 - 10:30 am

NEW: Export Files From Playlists

Export Files From Playlists—playlists, plural—will export copies of the files of the tracks in a selection of playlists to a single user-selected folder.

More information and download is here.

May 5 2012 - 10:17 am

UPDATED: Batch Export Playlists v1.1

Batch Export Playlists will export each selected plain, Smart, and Genius playlist as individual XML or M3U files to a user selected directory. Such files can be imported into iTunes again later.

This latest version correctly handles forward slashes in playlist names and has other minor code finesses.

September 29 2011 - 11:32 am

UPDATED: Make PDF Booklet v2.0

Make PDF Booklet v2.0 is a Cocoa-AppleScript applet that will create a PDF booklet containing tag info from the selected tracks (or every track from the selected playlist) and then add the PDF to iTunes and copy it to the playlist where the selected tracks reside.

The layout and text formatting of the document created is somewhat restricted, but I hope it is eminently readable and printable. However, you are able to choose which tag data to include for each track:

Here are example PDFs using audio tracks and using TV Show tracks made with the script.

This latest version is a Cocoa-AppleScript Applet, so it can only be run on OS X 10.6 and 10.7. A previous version which can run on earlier systems is available from the Make PDF Booklet entry page.

March 16 2011 - 10:23 am

NEW: CD Text to Clipboard

CD Text to Clipboard will grab the available CD Text from the selected CD in iTunes and put it in the clipboard so it can be pasted elsewhere. It’s based entirely on CD Text to CD Info, which copies CD Text to the appropriate tags in each of the CD’s tracks. This one’s not as advanced as that; it just allows you to get the CD Text so you can, perhaps, make CD labels, catalog the CD, and so on.

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