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Managing Playlists

November 28 2020 - 9:22 pm

NEW: View-Edit Playlist Description v1.0

A playlist's description tag is only visible/user-editable when the playlist is viewed "as Playlist". This script will allow you to view and edit the description of a playlist no matter what View is selected. (Unfortunately, a bug prevents AppleScript from changing this tag for Playlist Folders.)

Latest version:

  • Initial release

More information for View-Edit Playlist Description v1.0 and download link is here.

November 9 2020 - 10:26 am

NEW: Duplicate Playlist Folder as Playlist v2.0

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will copy all the tracks in a selected Playlist Folder to a new "plain" playlist, essentially duplicating the tracks as viewed when the Playlist Folder is selected. Optionally, after copying, the selected source Playlist Folder can be deleted along with the playlists it contains (of course, the tracks remain in your library). Note that if any "dead" tracks exist at any level of the selected Playlist Folder the script will fail.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Performance, UI and security enhancements

More information for Duplicate Playlist Folder as Playlist v2.0 and download link is here.

November 6 2020 - 7:42 pm

UPDATED: Make Playlists By Tag v3.1

For macOS 10.15 and later only. 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:

  • Accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Performance, UI and security enhancements

More information for Make Playlists By Tag v3.1 and download link is here.

November 5 2020 - 11:50 am

UPDATED: Assimilate View Options v5.2

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script re-creates each selected playlist so its Songs View column settings (visible columns) are the same as the main "Songs" library.

Works with user-created regular playlists only. Please read the accompanying Read Me .rtfd doc.

Note: Unavoidably, Music displays new playlists in "Playlist View" by default. Here's a tip to assign keyboard shortcuts to View menu options that will make changing to a different view quicker and easier.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Performance, UI and security enhancements

More information for Assimilate View Options v5.2 and download link is here.

November 4 2020 - 8:31 pm

UPDATED: Move Playlists to Folder v3.2

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will move the playlists you select to a new or existing Playlist Folder.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Performance, UI and security enhancements

More information for Move Playlists to Folder v3.2 and download link is here.

November 3 2020 - 5:44 pm

UPDATED: Refresh Smart Playlists v3.3

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will "refresh" the selected user-created Smart Playlists by removing the tracks they contain (if possible*) which obliges them to dynamically repopulate, ostensibly with different tracks.

*Note that tracks cannot be removed from a Smart Playlist which already contains every track of the library meeting its criteria--it would just repopulate with the same tracks. Smart Playlists with the "Limit to" and "Live updating" criteria in use are more likely to be "refreshable".

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

More information for Refresh Smart Playlists v3.3 and download link is here.

November 3 2020 - 11:42 am

UPDATED: Merge-Delete Playlists v6.1

For macOS 10.15 and later only. 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.

This app is free to try full-featured in Demo Mode. In Demo Mode it will only process 5 playlists per launch. If you like it you can purchase a code for $1.99 which will unlock the Demo Mode restriction. Launch the app and click "Register…" in its File menu to make an in-app purchase.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

More information for Merge-Delete Playlists v6.1 and download link is here.

November 2 2020 - 5:03 pm

UPDATED: Delete Empty Playlists v4.4

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will list the empty user-created playlists in the Music app and can delete all or just a selection of them.

NOTE: A bug in the current version of Music prevents the complete removal of playlists from the Sidebar UI (when they are deleted via an AppleScript like this one) until the Music app has been quit and re-started.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

More information for Delete Empty Playlists v4.4 and download link is here.

November 1 2020 - 5:20 pm

UPDATED: Block Party! v4.2

For macOS 10.15 and later only. Create a "Block Party!" playlist containing random Artists and a specific number of their randomly selected songs arranged in a row ("two-fers", "three-fers", and so on). You can restrict the size of the "Block Party!" playlist by Number of Artists or Duration in hours. Additionally, you can choose to use a particular Playlist as the source of tracks and include/exclude specific Genres.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

More information for Block Party! v4.2 and download link is here.

September 19 2020 - 3:11 pm

UPDATED: Delete Empty Playlists v4.3

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will list the empty user-created playlists in the Music app and can delete all or just a selection of them.

NOTE: A bug in the current version of Music prevents the complete removal of playlists from the Sidebar UI (when they are deleted via an AppleScript like this one) until the Music app has been quit and re-started.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur
  • Performance, UI and security enhancements

More information for Delete Empty Playlists v4.3 and download link is here.

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