November 11 2010 - 11:16 am

UPDATED: AMG EZ Search v2.0

AMG EZ Search v2.0 will use the tags of the selected or playing iTunes track as the basis for a Song/Artist/Album search at the allmusic website. This version accounts for changes in the AMG site's search mechanism, can parse the stream title of a radio stream for tags if available.

October 15 2010 - 11:55 am

Spins v1.0.2 Released

Spins analyzes your iTunes library and displays your most played tracks arranged and ranked by a variety of "breakout" configurations, not just the number of track rankers and breakouts based on plays by Song, Artist, Album; rankings can be filtered by Rating, Genre, and Year; see rankings for the entire library or a single playlist. Spins can give you a live-updated snaphot of plays and simple play percentages...give you instant play data on the currently playing or selected track...

With the registered version of Spins you can:

  • Quickly generate most-played track rankings from your iTunes library
  • Easily configure up to four panels each displaying various track plays and ranking information
  • Rank most played tracks, Artists, or Albums
  • Rank track plays in the total library or in selected playlists
  • Count unique track plays or pooled-from-the-artist's-albums track plays
  • Sort and filter track plays by Artist, Genre, Rating, and Year
  • Display plays data for the current playing track or a selected iTunes track
  • Display breakouts by Artists, Composers, Genres, Ratings, and Years

Left to right: Spins' "Breakouts" window, main window displaying one of four panels, and "Live Spins" floating display.

Updated in version 1.0.2 (current):

  • fixes issues when switching between multiple libraries
  • fixes bug displaying panels when selected playlist no longer exists in current library
  • fixes issue whereby initial scan of library cannot complete
  • will ignore radio stream play counts
  • fixes bug with "No Limit" setting (registered version)
  • added preference toggle to re-set panel options to defaults on each launch (registered version)
  • added Sparkle framework to provide update notifications and installations

This version is a free upgrade for registered users of v1.x.x.

Give Spins a spin...and see what you've been spinning.

September 28 2010 - 12:57 pm

UPDATED: Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.4

In the back of my mind I had a notion that something wasn't quite right when I posted this on Sunday. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences, which now includes the ability to hide the new "Ping" buttons, had a problem hiding the old-style arrow links under certain conditions. It is fixed.

September 26 2010 - 1:05 pm

10.0.1 Peeve

If your iTunes library is being shared on your local network, when you quit iTunes you will get an alert box which "reminds" you that

I suppose this is fine, and my wife will appreciate this if she's watching my Mac's media on our Mac mini TV, but if an AppleScript tells iTunes to quit Right Now, the alert requires user to click a button, which 1) may defeat the intention of an unattended quit, 2) could screw up a script if the user chooses "Don't Quit", and 3) is annoying in general. A preference to shut this off, which I couldn't find, would be great.

UPDATE: A Correspondent informs me the Quit alert-while-sharing is not new. I have never seen it before, and do not see it on a machine running iTunes 10.0. But, whatever; it's still a peeve.


September 26 2010 - 12:27 pm

UPDATED: Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.3

Change Hidden iTunes Preferences v2.3 now includes an option to hide the "Ping" buttons for iTunes 10.0.1 or better.

This application will allow you to invoke hidden iTunes preferences:

  • Show "Library" playlist
  • Changing view setting is global
  • Allow half-stars in ratings
  • Hide "Ping" buttons
  • Show/hide arrow links -- to either search the iTunes Store or search your library
  • Load complete iTunes Store preview before playing
  • Create playlists for purchased song collections
  • Play songs while importing or converting
  • Create file names with track number
  • Maintain grid view for Search results
  • Option-click zoom button for Mini Player
  • Show buttons horizontally

For iTunes 9 or better in OS 10.5 or better only.

September 25 2010 - 3:28 pm

NEW: Toggle Ping Buttons v1.0

The latest version of iTunes, 10.0.1, adds new Ping features, including a Ping button for a selected track. For those that find this, uhm, disturbing, Toggle Ping Buttons will set a hidden preference to toggle the Ping buttons off (or on again later). Remember: it only works with iTunes 10.0.1 or better. It has no effect on other versions of iTunes.

September 6 2010 - 3:55 pm

Current Track to Twitter is Obsolete

Been getting a lot of email from users of the Current Track to Twitter script. The bad news is, yes, the script no longer works. The reason is that as of September 1, 2010, the Twitter API no longer accepts Basic Auth authorization, which is what the script uses to access your Twitter account. Twitter now only accepts OAuth authorization, which isn't exactly a good fit with AppleScript (it is ideal for web-based apps, however). Therefore, it is not likely I will be updating the script to use OAuth.

August 28 2010 - 10:32 am

Add Pages ePubs to iTunes Automatically for iBooks Sync

The latest update to allows docs to be exported in the ePub format. ePub is one of the formats that can be read by the iBooks app. Now, in order for documents to get onto your iPhone/iPad you have to add them to iTunes. By hand? No! Automatically with a Folder Action! Below is a script which you should save to your /Library/Scripts/Folder Action Scripts folder. Attach the script as a folder action to a designated "ePub Export" folder, which you will create. Whenever you "Export..." a Pages doc to that "ePub Export" folder, it will automatically be added to iTunes' Books library and eventually sync to your iPhone/iPad.

If your iTunes is set to "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library", then you may want to delete the original from the "ePub Export" folder; just un-comment the (* *) section in the script by removing the (* and *) and saving the script.

on adding folder items to my_folder after receiving the_files
	repeat with i from 1 to number of items in the_files
		set this_file to (item i of the_files)
		tell application "Finder"
			if (get name extension of this_file) is not "epub" then return
		end tell
		tell application "iTunes"
				add this_file
				-- if you have iTunes set to 
				--"Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"
				-- then you might want to delete the original file...
				-- if so, remove comments from this block and 
				-- use the UNIX commands below to delete the file
				do shell script ("rm -f " & quoted form of  POSIX path of (this_file as text))
			end try
		end tell
	end repeat
end adding folder items to

More info on Folder Actions for iTunes is located here.

July 25 2010 - 11:32 am

Re: Scripting Bug with iTunes 9.2.1?

Apple may be aware of the issue. This Discussions thread discusses the issue and RoyB suggests re-downloading and re-installing iTunes 9.2.1(5)—you may have 9.2.1(4)—as a solution. (Thanks Tom R.)

Update: I forgot to mention that Software Update will not report v9.2.1(5) as a newer version if you have 9.2.1(4). You must download iTunes from this page at Apple and install it from the disk image.

July 20 2010 - 8:51 am

PDF Adder and Safari Reader

I hadn't realized this until giving it a shot this morning, and I haven't seen this mentioned elsewhere: I've been taking advantage of Safari Reader mostly for reading long form stuff (Esquire magazine has a lot of their classic articles on line, for example). For laughs, while the Reader window was open, I hit Safari's Print button to see if the Reader formatting is what gets recognized, rather than the original page. Perhaps not so surprisingly, it is!

Now it's a simple matter of using the "Add as PDF to iTunes" PDF Service in the PDF Adder collection to add the Reader-formatted page to iTunes' Books category and from there sync to iBooks. Of course, I've been PDFing stuff like this from Safari for awhile, but hadn't thought to try it with Safari Reader. Neat!

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