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August 18 2017 - 9:53 am

UPDATED: Join Together v7.8.0 and M3Unify v1.9.1

I’ve just released new versions of Join Together (v7.8.0) and M3Unify (v1.9.1) that make some initial accommodations for macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

To date, there have been a few issues with the High Sierra betas, as one expects. But the latest versions of these apps should be fine running in the latest betas. There may be some additional updates when the final version of macOS 10.13 is released later this year.

Even if you’re not running a High Sierra beta, you should update to these new versions of Join Together and M3Unify since they also have performance fixes and enhancements. And everybody likes those.

April 22 2017 - 5:48 am

M3Unify v1.8.0

M3Unify is a simple file managing app that can copy and arrange audio files to a selected folder, volume or portable media. Tracks can be dragged from iTunes or files can be dragged from the Finder. When loaded in M3Unify, a set of flexible exporting options enables you to arrange your music files the way you and your music player want.

With M3Unify you can:

  • Copy files of tracks dragged from iTunes or the Finder to a selected folder
  • Rename copied files using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Create Album or Artist/Album sub-folders based on track tags
  • Export album artwork as “folder.jpg” files, one per Album sub-folder
  • Create an M3U playlist
  • Format M3U Extended track information using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Optionally convert files to AAC files (or MP3 files via iTunes)

Plus, these features:

  • M3U preview
  • Track information and Quick Look auditioning
  • Uncluttered, easy-to-use interface
  • On-board and online help

This latest version adds a preferences option to rename files and sub-folders using strictly limited alphanumeric character set; improves handling of .AIFC files; other enhancements and performace fixes.

M3Unify is $5, free for current registered users, video demo after the jump, download is on this page. (more…)

February 21 2017 - 9:04 am

UPDATED: M3Unify v1.7.1

I neglected to post that I have updated M3Unify to version 1.7.1. There were a couple of compatibilty issues with macOS 10.9 that had to be fixed.

M3Unify accepts tracks dragged from iTunes or audio files from the Finder and can export copies or converted versions of the files to portable media, primarily for car audio use. But it’s also useful for archiving and back-ups.

Had a nice email from a fan named Rick: “I was searching Prius chat, Toyota chat and others to solve the dreaded playlist problem with the in-car players. No one there knew how to solve the problem. And then through a Google search, I found M3Unify. It is the simplest, most powerful little app for dealing with iTunes and USB drives used in cars. Thanks for such a well thought design and it’s cheap too!”

This is a free update for registered M3Unify users, $5 otherwise; watch the video and download the free demo from this page.

December 7 2016 - 9:34 am

M3Unify v1.5.0

M3Unify is a simple file managing app that can copy and arrange audio files to a selected folder, volume or portable media. Tracks can be dragged from iTunes or files can be dragged from the Finder. When loaded in M3Unify, a set of flexible exporting options enables you to arrange your music files the way you and your music player want.

With M3Unify you can:

  • Copy files of tracks dragged from iTunes or the Finder to a selected folder
  • Rename copied files using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Create Album or Artist/Album sub-folders based on track tags
  • Export album artwork as “folder.jpg” files, one per Album sub-folder
  • Create an M3U playlist
  • Format M3U Extended track information using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Optionally convert files to AAC files (or MP3 files via iTunes)

Plus, these features:

  • M3U preview
  • Track information and Quick Look auditioning
  • Uncluttered, easy-to-use interface
  • On-board and online help

This latest version adds the ability to drag Finder files; skip conversion if source files are already in the selected format; adds limited pattern matching for sub-folder creation (eg: [year]/[genre]); other enhancements and performace fixes.

M3Unify is $5, free for current registered users, video demo after the jump, download is on this page. (more…)

April 9 2016 - 10:29 am

UPDATED: M3Unify v1.4.4

M3Unify is a flexible file exporter and M3U playlist creator that will allow you to off-load copies of your iTunes songs to a user-chosen location—separate folder, external drive, USB thumb drive, SD card and so on—the way you and your audio player want.

As you’ll know from watching my AV presentation, I use M3Unify to stuff a USB thumb drive with music files to use in my car’s audio player. It sure beats racking a mini CD collection to the driver’s side sun visor. I still see people doing that. Retro.

This latest version of M3Unify now has an option to name sub-folders configured as “Artist – Album”; apparently, some audio players will only scan one folder deep such that files at the bottom of a folder hierarchy like Artist/Album/ will be ignored. Sad!

This is a free update for registered users. It’s free to try with a 15-track limitation and $5.00 to purchase. More information and the informative video is on this page.

September 1 2015 - 5:57 am

M3Unify v1.4.0

M3Unify is a flexible file exporter and M3U playlist creator that will allow you to off-load copies of your iTunes songs to a user-chosen location, separate folder, external drive, USB thumb drive, SD card and so on, the way you and your audio player want.

M3Unify in action

With M3Unify you can:

  • Copy files of tracks dragged from iTunes to a selected folder
  • Rename copied files using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Create Album or Artist or Artist/Album sub-folders based on track tags
  • Export album artwork as “folder.jpg” files, one per Album sub-folder
  • Create an M3U playlist
  • Format M3U Extended track information using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Optionally convert files to AAC files (or MP3 files via iTunes)

Plus, M3Unify features:

  • M3U preview
  • Track information and auditioning
  • Uncluttered, easy-to-use interface
  • On-board and online help

I use M3Unify to regularly update thumb drives that I use in my car, as I explain in this video at YouTube.

This latest version adds the ability to create discrete “Artist” sub-folders (in addition to the previous ability to create “Album” sub-folders); a preference toggle to export tracks of compilation albums into a “Compilation” folder, as iTunes does; adds a “View Options” panel; additional support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan; and minor tweaks and performance enhancements.

This is a free update for registered users. It’s free to try with a 15-track limitation and $5.00 to purchase. More information and video is on this page.

July 4 2015 - 10:01 am

iTunes 12.2 Playlist View Issues

iTunes 12.2 introduces a new View by which to display tracks in a playlist: “Playlist”. It displays a nice header with artwork from the tracks in the playlist and abbreviated tag information. I like it.

Playlist in playlist view

Except that there is an issue when dragging tracks from a playlist set to “Playlist” view to another drag-and-drop enabled application. The pasteboard that should contain metadata information about the tracks being dragged (“com.apple.itunes.metadata” is the name of the pasteboard type) only supplies the file paths (“NSFilenamesPboardType”).

This affects my apps “Join Together”, “M3Unify” and “Playlist Assist”. The workaround is to either drag tracks while the playlist is in “Songs” view or drag the entire playlist by selecting its name in the Playlist Column and dragging.

I’m working on fixes for those apps.

May 18 2015 - 10:50 am

M3Unify v1.3

M3Unify is a flexible file exporter and M3U playlist creator that will allow you to off-load copies of your iTunes songs to a user-chosen location—separate folder, external drive, USB thumb drive, SD card and so on—the way you and your audio player want.

M3Unify screenshot

With M3Unify you can:

  • Copy files of tracks dragged from iTunes to a selected folder
  • Rename copied files using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Create Album or Artist/Album sub-folders based on track tags
  • Export album artwork as “folder.jpg” files, one per Album sub-folder
  • Create an M3U playlist
  • Format M3U Extended track information using substitution patterns based on track tags
  • Optionally convert files to AAC files (or MP3 files via iTunes)

Plus, M3Unify features:

  • M3U preview
  • Track information and auditioning
  • Uncluttered, easy-to-use interface
  • On-board and online help

This latest version adds the ability to export existing album artwork as “folder.jpg” image files when the create sub-folders option is selected.

M3Unify is $5, and you can try it out in demo mode. More information, video demo, and download is here.

May 8 2015 - 6:32 am

Minor Update for M3Unify

I just released an update to M3Unify. Version 1.2.4 makes some very minor fixes to the UI.

M3Unify is an app that will copy/convert the files of tracks dragged from iTunes to external media, like a thumbdrive or SD card (or any location, really) using plenty of options and, perhaps obviously, will optionally create a M3U playlist file based on the order of the tracks.

More info, including video demo, is here.

April 12 2015 - 11:53 am

M3Unify v1.2.3

M3Unify is a flexible M3U playlist creator and file exporter that will allow you to load a USB thumb drive or SD card with copies of your iTunes songs the way you and your audio player want. M3Unify can archive playlists and audio files to a folder, volume or portable media and includes options to create Artist/Album sub-folders, rename files, convert to AAC or MP3, and more.

This latest version fixes an issue with embedded artwork in converted AAC files not appearing in some Android players (and perhaps other non-Apple devices).

For OS X 10.8 and later. M3Unify is $5.00, but free to use in demo mode with a fifteen track limit. This is a free update for registered users.

More information, video demo and download is here.

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