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Managing Playlists

January 30 2022 - 2:51 pm

UPDATED: Make Playlists By Tag v4.0

This applet will create new Music track playlists based on each selected entry of a specified tag. That is, create individual playlists for each Artist, Album Artist, Album, Composer (or their "Sort" siblings), Genre, or Year.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs

More information for Make Playlists By Tag v4.0 and download link is here.

January 17 2022 - 8:23 pm

NEW: Slice Up A Playlist v1.0

This script can create one or more new, smaller playlists from sub-divided batches of tracks in the selected playlist whereby each selected track will be interpreted as the last track delineator for each new playlist. A title for each new playlist can be user-entered, and resulting playlists can be moved collectively to a new discrete Playlist Folder.

This is a simplified example for illustration purposes. The script interprets each selected track in the selected playlist in the Music app as the last track of a new playlist. The script is showing the delineated playlists and their track contents before actually creating any of them, initiated by clicking the "Make" button when one or more are selected.

I've used it to slice up TV seasons, large music compilations and Smart playlists into manageable playlists.

Also see Divvy Up A Playlist and Merge-Delete Playlists.

Latest version:

  • Initial release

More information for Slice Up A Playlist v1.0 and download link is here.

January 8 2022 - 3:57 pm

UPDATED: Divvy Up A Playlist v3.0

This script will copy the tracks of a selected user-created playlist to a series of new, smaller playlists each set to a maximum time length or maximum track length and each named with a user-supplied base name and number suffix incremented sequentially. Additionally, the new playlists can all be moved to a new Playlist Folder. Tracks can be distributed in Playlist Order, Current Sorted Order or Randomized.

Latest version:

  • Compiled as Universal
  • Adds "maximum tracks" option
  • UI and performance enhancements

More information for Divvy Up A Playlist v3.0 and download link is here.

December 31 2021 - 11:21 am

UPDATED: Move Playlists to Folder v4.3

This script will move the batch of playlists you select to a new or existing Playlist Folder. Additionally, plain Playlists can be extricated from Folders to the top level and new Playlist Folders can be created containing a selection of Playlists.

Latest version:

  • Fixes bug whereby right panel may not populate correctly
  • v4.2 (December 29, 2021):
  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs
  • Adds move to Top Level routine

More information for Move Playlists to Folder v4.3 and download link is here.

December 29 2021 - 5:13 pm

UPDATED: Move Playlists to Folder v4.2

This script will move the batch of playlists you select to a new or existing Playlist Folder. Additionally, plain Playlists can be extricated from Folders to the top level and new Playlist Folders can be created containing a selection of Playlists.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs
  • Adds move to Top Level routine

More information for Move Playlists to Folder v4.2 and download link is here.

December 24 2021 - 4:28 pm

UPDATED: Merge-Delete Playlists v7.2

This script will allow you to merge the track contents of two or more playlists to a new or existing playlist or delete any number of playlists at once, including Smart, Genius, and Playlist Folder playlists. The merge feature will prevent the same tracks that may appear in different source playlists from being duplicated and has an option to delete original playlists. The delete feature only deletes playlists; tracks, of course, remain in the library.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs
  • Fixes issue whereby list may not refresh after task performed

More information for Merge-Delete Playlists v7.2 and download link is here.

December 21 2021 - 9:30 pm

UPDATED: Delete Empty Playlists v5.2

This script will list the empty user-created playlists in the Music app and can delete all or just a selection of them.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs

More information for Delete Empty Playlists v5.2 and download link is here.

December 19 2021 - 7:36 pm

UPDATED: Refresh Smart Playlists v4.1

This script will "batch-refresh" the selected user-created Smart Playlists by removing the tracks they contain which obliges them to dynamically re-populate, ostensibly with different tracks.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs

More information for Refresh Smart Playlists v4.1 and download link is here.

December 12 2021 - 6:48 pm

UPDATED: Compare Two Playlists v5.1

Universal, for macOS 11 and later only. Quickly compares the contents of any two playlists and displays the tracks that are common to both or the tracks in one playlist not contained by the other. Has tools to copy or move tracks from one playlist to another or delete common tracks from one or the other playlist. Can optionally create a text file report of these comparisons.

Latest version:

  • Officially compiled as Universal
  • Commensurate improvements for M1 Macs

More information for Compare Two Playlists v5.1 and download link is here.

November 24 2021 - 7:28 pm

NEW: Drop to Add and Make Playlists v4.0

For macOS 11 and later. Drag-and-drop one or more folders containing audio files on this droplet (or double-click it to select folders via an Open dialog); it will recursively add each file to Music app then distribute the tracks to playlists created on-the-fly and named using your choice of:

  • the name of a dropped folder
  • the name of each file's parent folder
  • the folder hierarchy containing the file
  • the track's "Album - Artist" tags (if available from metadata)

If dropped files already exist as track entries in the Music library they will still be copied to the playlists. The same track will not be added to a playlist more than once.

Latest version:

  • Initial accommodations for the Music app
  • UI, performance and security enhancements

More information for Drop to Add and Make Playlists v4.0 and download link is here.

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