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Managing Tracks

July 1 2021 - 11:02 am

UPDATED: Scan For Double Entries v4.0

I first posted Scan For Double Entries in 2014 when a strange iTunes issue was somehow allowing two or more track entries to point to the same media file. The script surveys the library for sets of such tracks and then isolates them in their own playlist for further scrutiny; presumably, all but one of these tracks should be deleted.

Anyway, I hadn't updated the script lately because I figured, "Aw heck. That can't still be happening."

Silly me.

The updated version of Scan For Double Entries found 32 sets of two or more tracks where this was still happening—or, at least, had happened and that I hadn't detected 'til now.

The latest version, v4.0, has initial accommodation for macOS 12 Monterey and some UI and security updates. Specifically, it gives you a better idea of what's happening during the search for the tracks, as in the screenshot above. Earlier versions looked like they weren't doing anything during this particular part of the process.

More information for Scan For Double Entries v4.0 and download link is here.

May 30 2021 - 5:19 pm

UPDATED: Super Remove Dead Tracks v5.7

For macOS 11 and later only. Scans the Music or TV app for tracks whose files are inaccessible or no longer available (so-called "dead" tracks). Outputs a tab-delimited text log listing the tracks by Artist, Name, Album and last known file location. The registered version will delete the tracks.

Also see List MIAs and Media Folder Files Not Added.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11.3

More information for Super Remove Dead Tracks v5.7 and download link is here.

May 27 2021 - 7:41 pm

UPDATED: Copy Tracks to Multiple Playlists v5.4

For macOS 11 and later only This script will copy the selected tracks to one or more chosen playlists.

Also see Remove From Other Playlists.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11.3

More information for Copy Tracks to Multiple Playlists v5.4 and download link is here.

May 14 2021 - 5:22 pm

UPDATED: Search Results to Playlist v3.3

For macOS 11 and later only. Search the entire Music app library, or a selected playlist, for user-entered text by All, Song Title, Artist, Album, or Composer tag and copy the track results to a Search Results playlist, which will be created automatically if necessary. Can optionally re-create or append to the Search Results playlist on each run.

Latest version:

  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11.3
  • Performance and UI enhancements

More information for Search Results to Playlist v3.3 and download link is here.

April 16 2021 - 11:41 am

UPDATED: List MIAs v5.9

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet checks your Music or TV library for missing and presumed dead tracks--those tracks that have become disassociated from their file and which are listed with a "!"--and can delete them from the app or create a text file listing these tracks by last known File Path, Song Name, Artist and Album, which you can view using TextEdit.

Also see Super Remove Dead Tracks and Media Folder Files Not Added.

Latest version:

  • Minor UI adjustments, improvements

More information for List MIAs v5.9 and download link is here.

April 12 2021 - 6:07 pm

NEW: Playlist Views Manager v1.0

For macOS 11 and later only. This stay-open-and-floating script applet can set the View, sort and sort direction and, in Songs View, show/hide the Column Browser and its columns for a selected playlist in the Music app. (This script will require your permission to access "System Events" in order to run. Please see the Read Me RTFD doc.)

Latest version:

  • Initial release

More information for Playlist Views Manager v1.0 and download link is here.

March 26 2021 - 8:35 pm

UPDATED: Audition End v3.5

For macOS 11 and later only. Play through each track in a playlist by a set number of seconds (:05 - :60) from the end. Additionally, wait a set number of seconds between each track; when engaged, begins playing from the first track or the first selected track in the playlist.

Also see Needle Drop.

Latest version:

  • This version for macOS 11 and later only
  • Better handling of timing if cloud track is downloading
  • Adds "Clear Playing Next" as a convenience routine

More information for Audition End v3.5 and download link is here.

March 26 2021 - 2:49 pm

UPDATED: Needle Drop v7.4

For macOS 11 and later only. This applet plays each track in the selected Music playlist for a set time interval optionally starting at a set number of seconds into each track, beginning with the selected track. Handy for 'scoping playlists.

Needle Drop will work best on tracks that have local files. Un-cached tracks streamed from the cloud may upset timing while audio is being downloaded.

Also see Audition End.

Latest version:

  • This version for macOS 11 and later only
  • Adds "Clear Playing Next" as a convenience routine

More information for Needle Drop v7.4 and download link is here.

February 21 2021 - 4:15 pm

UPDATED: Track Down Purchases v4.4

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet can examine the Music library and sort audio tracks purchased from iTunes into discrete playlists by either the purchaser's name or Apple ID (eg: "Purchased by Jane Smith" or "Purchased by janesmith@email.com") which in turn will be placed in a "Purchaser Playlists" playlist folder.

Free to try in Demo Mode: While in Demo Mode, the number of tracks associated with each Purchaser will be reported but sorting tracks into playlists is disabled. An in-app purchase of a registration code will enable playlist creation.

To purchase a registration code, download and launch the app. Click "Register..." in its File menu and follow the prompts to purchase a code for $1.99. When your payment is processed, you will receive a registration code that will unlock the Demo Mode restriction.

Latest version:

  • Fixes issue when no local files are available
  • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

More information for Track Down Purchases v4.4 and download link is here.

February 7 2021 - 11:04 am

UPDATED: Playlist Manager v3.4

For macOS 10.15 and later only. The Music app only allows one playlist to be selected at a time. This applet can perform common useful tasks on a multiple selection of playlists: playlist title renaming (add text, remove text, search and replace text) and duplicate, delete, export, move to Playlist Folder and merge playlists.

This app is free to try full-featured in Demo Mode. While in Demo Mode, only up to 10 playlists can be manipulated per launch. If you like it you can purchase a code for $2.99 which will unlock the Demo Mode limitation. Launch the app and click "Register…" in its File menu to make an in-app purchase.

Latest version:

  • Fixes issue when quitting
  • Allows choosing existing Playlist Folder for move operation

More information for Playlist Manager v3.4 and download link is here.

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