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Managing Track Info

November 26 2019 - 9:25 am

UPDATED: Multi-Item Edit v6.5

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet will allow you to view and edit most tags (and some additional options) of the selected track(s) in a single floating window using single-edit mode (one selected track) or multi-edit mode, which emulates the pre-iTunes 12 "multiple items" format; that is, a checkbox adjacent to each tag allows you to select which changes are to be applied to the selection's tags.

Can also be used to copy collected tags from one set of tracks to another set of tracks by toggling "Information Tracking".

Thanks to Wolfgang Reszel for the icon.

Latest version:

  • Address issue with some TV app tags (TV's Short Description issue still a problem)
  • Ratings popup dropped for more Music-like ratings widget

More information for Multi-Item Edit v6.5 and download link is here.

November 22 2019 - 7:14 pm

UPDATED: Year of Release Date to Year v3.0

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This script will try to grab the year from the Release Date tag of each selected track and copy it to its Year tag. Results are not always fruitful--like, if there is no Release Date tag associated with the track--in which case a track's current Year tag is left unchanged.

FYI: Release Date, like Date Added, is read-only and cannot be altered.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Year of Release Date to Year v3.0 and download link is here.

November 22 2019 - 4:32 pm

UPDATED: Player Position to Start or Stop v3.0

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. Sets the Start or Stop time of the currently paused or playing track to the time of the current player position.

Also seeCopy From Start to Stop and Reset Tracks Start-Stop.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Player Position to Start or Stop v3.0 and download link is here.

November 22 2019 - 1:02 pm

UPDATED: This Tag That Tag v5.4

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: ARTISTCOMPOSER
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.

More information for This Tag That Tag v 5.4 and download link is here.

November 22 2019 - 1:01 pm

UPDATED: Rate Me! Rate Me! v6.0

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This stay-open applet watches your playing tracks and when one begins playing displays a notification-sized panel whereby a rating for the track can be entered. Features options to display only unrated playing tracks and timer preferences for how soon and how long the panel is displayed.
While you could easily rate the current track from the Music app's icon in the Dock, this script interrupts you and compels you to do so.

More information for Rate Me! Rate Me! v 6.0 and download link is here.

October 23 2019 - 12:41 pm

UPDATED: New Play Count v4.0

Set the Plays of the selected tracks to a user-entered value (they will all be set to the same value). If this value is 0 then the Last Played date of each track will be erased. (The Music app has the ability to "Reset" Plays to 0 from a track's Show Info window.)

Also see Reset Plays, Add or Subtract Play Count and New Last Played Date. iCloud Music Library users should beware of a potential bug.

More information for New Play Count and download is here.

October 23 2019 - 12:40 pm

UPDATED: Add or Subtract Play Count v3.0

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. Add or subtract a user-entered number from the current Plays of each selected track. If the resulting Plays is 0 then the track's Last Played date will be erased--as if it had never been played.

Also see New Play Count and New Last Played Date.

More information for Add or Subtract Play Count and download is here.

October 23 2019 - 12:38 pm

UPDATED: New Last Played Date v5.0

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later. Set Last Played/Last Skipped date of selected tracks to a new date, with option to increase or decrease Plays/Skips, or set to no date and no Plays/Skips.

Also see Add or Subtract Play Count. iCloud Music Library/Apple Music users should be aware of a potential bug.

More information for New Last Played Date and download is here.

October 23 2019 - 12:36 pm

UPDATED: Reset Plays v2.0

This script will reset the Plays, Last Played, Skips, Last Skipped, Remember Playback Position and Played properties of the selected tracks to default “never played” values. Music's own "Reset" command in a track's Info window may not be as thorough.

This latest version makes accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina and the Music app.

More information for Reset Plays and download is here.

July 4 2019 - 8:01 am

UPDATED: CD Text to CD Info v5.0

It may be somewhat ironically serendipitous (or serendipitously ironic) that CD Text to CD Info v5.0 happens to be the first script I've posted specifically for the new Music app. Afterall, ripping audio from a CD seems quaint in the current age of streaming. But facetious jibes like "What's a CD? LOL!" aside, there are still plenty of CDs in the world that haven't been ripped yet and plenty of people who want to do the ripping. Thankfully, Apple has preserved this ability in the Music app.

CD Text to CD Info v5.0 will examine the selected CD mounted in Music for CD-Text and apply the album and track information to the CDs tracks. In this screenshot of the script's main window, all of the information (except disc number/count and year, which I entered manually) is from the CD's CD Text:

This is from a CD that I burned years ago in iTunes, which allowed me to include CD Text. Not all CDs contain CD Text, but many do. It would have solved a lot of metadata confusion if the music industry had insisted that CD Text be a mandatory Red Book standard from Day 1, but That's The Way It Went.

As I mentioned at the top, CD Text to CD Info v5.0 will only run on macOS 10.15 Catalina with the Music app, which are both currently in beta (the version that works with iTunes is still available here).

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