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May 24 2020 - 5:43 pm

NEW: Export Files From Playlists v3.0

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet will export copies of the files of the tracks in one or more selected playlists to a single user-selected folder.

Also see M3Unify, an app that provides many more options for exporting/converting files from the Music app.

Free to try in Demo Mode: While in Demo Mode only 20 files will be processed per launch. If you like it you can purchase a code for $1.99 which will remove the 20-file restriction.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Export Files From Playlists v3.0 and download link is here.

March 25 2020 - 5:17 pm

UPDATED: Search IMDB v2.0

This script uses information from the single selected track as the basis for a search of the IMDB (Internet Movie Database) website. It's probably most useful with the TV app, but it works with the Music app, too.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina and the Music and TV apps
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Search IMDB v2.0 and download link is here.

March 23 2020 - 3:13 pm

UPDATED: This Tag That Tag v5.5

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This applet will assist with swapping, copying, and appending data between two user-chosen tags in selected tracks or tracks in the selected playlist:

Swap - swap data between tags, ex: ARTIST<->COMPOSER
Copy - copy data from one to another tag, ex: ARTIST->COMPOSER ARTIST
Append - append data from one tag to the end of another, ex: ARTIST->COMPOSER - ARTIST
Prepend - append data from one tag to the beginning of another, ex: ARTIST->ARTIST - COMPOSER

The latter three actions also provide an option to delete the info from the first tag after the copy. Read Me explains all.

Latest version:

  • Re-configured UI for better Music or TV use
  • Minor performance enhancements
  • Drops 10-day trial; un-registered Demo Mode version will work on up to 12 tracks per launch

More information for This Tag That Tag v5.5 and download link is here.

December 13 2019 - 10:00 pm

UPDATED: Clear Bookmark of Selected v3.0

This script will set the bookmarked playback pointer of the selected tracks (established when a track is set to "Remember playback position") to 0 seconds, effectively clearing the bookmark.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina and the TV and Music apps
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Clear Bookmark of Selected v3.0 and download link is here.

September 26 2019 - 2:07 pm

Ready for the Music App?

As of this date, it'll likely be a couple of weeks before Apple releases macOS 10.15 and the new Music app. The Music app is, essentially, iTunes stripped down to just its "music" components. You shouldn't have any troubles with it. Unless you bring your troubles with you.

If your iTunes library is a mess now, then your Music library will be a mess later.

Why not begin your Music experience with a sweet and tidy music library. This would be a good time to do some of that iTunes house-keeping you've been putting off: cleaning up tags, fixing artwork, paring dead tracks and non-essential playlists, minding the duplicates, backing stuff up and so on.

I keep a list of scripts recommended by task for just such occasions. You've probably still got a couple of weeks.

If you're on the macOS 10.15 beta, be sure to try out some of the Music-and-TV-ready scripts I've already posted.

September 18 2019 - 9:10 am

MacVoices

I was recently a guest on the MacVoices podcast, hosted by all around Good Dude, Chuck Joiner. Had a great time talking about our post-iTunes future.

July 1 2019 - 9:01 pm

Doug's Check For All Updates v1.0

In case it isn't crystal clear: scripts written for iTunes will not work on macOS 10.15 and later. Since the iTunes application isn't available on the new OS, scripts that target it will fail. So, almost every script on the site will need to be re-written to work with the macOS Music and/or Apple TV apps that replace iTunes in macOS 10.15.

Oh, I'm keeping busy, all right. I would like to be posting updates for use with the Catalina betas. But there are currently some issues in the betas that have precluded me posting any Catalina-compatible scripts yet. I have no doubt that Apple will fix these minor glitches well before Catalina's offical release; I just don't know how soon. And even then, there will be a gradual rolling-out of script updates through the summer and fall.

To help users keep track of what scripts for which operating system have been updated and when, I've posted Doug's Check For All Updates. It's an applet that will survey your computer for all the scripts you have installed from dougscripts.com and generate a report listing which have been updated. This is unlike the "Doug's Check For Update" script, which can only check one script at a time.

Doug's Check For All Updates will work right now on any version of macOS 10.10 and later, including the macOS 10.15 betas.

May I suggest that it may be helpful to get some work done on your iTunes library with the latest tools now, before you update to Catalina and the new media apps. Your favorite script(s) may not be Catalina-ready by then.


A security aside: This is the first download I am posting that has been notarized by Apple, a requirement for third-party software if it is to be distributed outside the Mac App Store. As such, it is also the first download to be packaged as a .dmg (disk image file) without the .zip wrapper. The code-signing and notarization process in my workflow make it easier to process a disk image without the additional ZIP compression. All future new and updated scripts will be likewise packaged as DMGs.

May 15 2017 - 1:58 pm

Apple Releases iTunes 12.6.1

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.

January 9 2016 - 6:30 am

Fifteen Years On

Happy birthday, iTunes!

iTunes v1.0 was announced and released on January 9, 2001. I don't think a day has gone by since that date that I haven't used iTunes. Seriously. It's probably the most regularly used app on any of my machines. Love it or hate it, for better or worse, you have to acknowledge that iTunes has had a huge impact on how music is consumed. Amazing. (Kirk McElhearn has written a fifteenth anniversary tribute that covers the milestones.)

And, lest they be forgot, here's a shout out to the developers of SoundJam MP, the jukebox app that Apple bought and re-christened as iTunes: Bill Kincaid, Jeff Robbin and—most especially as far as I'm concened—Dave Heller, who incorporated AppleScript into SoundJam and then iTunes.

July 10 2014 - 7:30 pm

iTunes 11.3 Is Now Available

Apple has released iTunes 11.3 featuring the all-new iTunes Extras for HD movies, which will also be available for Apple TV.

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