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January 26 2020 - 12:59 pm

UPDATED: List MIAs v5.5

For macOS 10.15 Catalina 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.

Free to use in Demo Mode: While in Demo Mode, dead tracks will be displayed and can be exported as a list to a text file. Delete from Music/TV and other features will be disabled.

To purchase a registration code and remove these restrictions, download and launch the app. Click "Register..." in its File menu and follow the prompts to purchase a code for $2.99. When your payment is processed, you will be emailed a registration code that will unlock the Demo Mode restrictions.

Latest version:

  • Minor adjustments to better accommodate the Music and TV apps
  • Performance enhancements
  • v5.4 (November, 2019):
  • Adds support for the TV app - install in TV's Scripts folder

More information for List MIAs v5.5 and download link is here.

January 22 2020 - 10:20 am

UPDATED: Make A Text List v6.1

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This script can assemble a list of tag information about the selected tracks (or tracks in the selected playlist) using a configurable pattern substitution string and provides the ability to export this formatted text to the clipboard, a text file or the Print Dialog.

Latest version:

  • Adds support for the Music app
  • Adds "Insert Only TABs" option to Token Field's Action Menu
  • Adds "Show [TAB] instead of real tab" option to accessory controls
  • Fixes issue when encountering tracks without location property
  • Fixes issue with date formatting
  • Performance enhancements

More information for Make A Text List v6.1 and download link is here.

January 18 2020 - 8:36 pm

UPDATED: Save Album Art to Album Folder v6.3

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This script will export the artwork of the selected tracks (or the tracks in a selected playlist) as an image file to the folder which contains each selected track's file--presumably each track's Album folder--or a single user-selected folder. If multiple album tracks are selected, the script will make sure only one artwork file per Album is exported.

Also see Save Album Art as folder.jpg.

Latest version:

  • Adds preference setting to prefer Album Artist, if it exists, instead of Artist when naming the image file
  • Minor performance enhancements

More information for Save Album Art to Album Folder v6.3 and download link is here.

January 13 2020 - 12:53 pm

UPDATED: Multi-Item Edit v6.6

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:

  • Fixes issue applying data to single selected track
  • Minor UI adjustments
  • Performance improvements

More information for Multi-Item Edit v6.6 and download link is here.

January 7 2020 - 10:27 am

Track Number isn't a TV Tag (Much)

I have to admit, it's hard to keep in mind what tags from iTunes are still available for which media in the Music and TV apps.

Case in point: the track number tag. A Track Number is the index of a track in its album play order. Every school child knows that (well, every school child familiar with "album"). Strictly speaking, it is a music-related tag. But because iTunes handled music and video tracks, ALL tracks had a track number tag.

The TV app apparently does not care to have much truck with the Track Number tag; it does not appear in a track's Show Info panel. But it can appear as a column in List View. And it is still accessible by AppleScript.

I heard from a Correspondent who was concerned about his pristine TV Show track numbering largely being obscured by the TV app. I suppose you could: 1) Put the list of TV Shows in List View, 2) Show the Track Number column and 3) Command-I each track and manually enter the Track Number into the episode field.

Or, run this script on a selection of TV tracks to copy the track number to the episode number:

tell application "TV"

set mySelection to (get a reference to selection of front browser window)

if mySelection is not {} then

repeat with aTrack in mySelection

try

tell aTrack to set episode number to track number

end try

end repeat

end if

end tell

January 1 2020 - 8:44 pm

UPDATED: File Renamer v4.5

For macOS 10.15 Catalina and later only. This script will rename the files of the selected tracks (or the files of the tracks in the selected playlist) using a substitution pattern that you formulate from the tracks' tag data. Optionally, export a copy of the files to a chosen location and rename the files in that location.

Works optimally with "Keep Media folder organized" un-checked.

Latest version:

  • Fixes problem with [play order]
  • Re-configured how the Preview window is/is not displayed
  • Minor performance enhancements

More information for File Renamer v4.5 and download link is here.

December 30 2019 - 1:24 pm

UPDATED: Find Empty Media Folders v2.1

For macOS 10.15 and later. This applet will traverse the Media folder looking for and displaying any sub-folders that are either empty or that do not contain Media-apps-playable media, such as text or image files.

Free to use in Demo Mode: While in Demo Mode, several convenient features will be disabled, including

  • Show Finder Information Window
  • Reveal in Finder
  • Send to Trash
  • Select all Empty/non-Empty
  • Scan other user-selected folder

Also see Media Folder Files Not Added.

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 $2.99. When your payment is processed, you will be emailed a registration code that will unlock the Demo Mode restrictions.

Latest version:

  • Additional tweaks for macOS 10.15 compatibility

More information for Find Empty Media Folders v2.1 and download link is here.

December 29 2019 - 9:54 pm

EQ and Volume Adjustments

It's been years since I've monkeyed with the Equalization and Volume Adjustment settings for tracks. I believe these were initially included with SoundJam and then iTunes to help compensate for the negligible audio quality of notebook speakers. Currently, I DAC out to an integrated amp set to bypass EQ and loudness; I'm trying to keep the audio path as digitally uncluttered as possible.

Anyway, plenty of other people do use the EQ and volume track settings and have good reasons for doing so and I heard from one. This Correspondent wanted to segregate, what he called, tracks with "non-standard" EQ and volume settings. By which he meant not None and not 0 detente, respectively. And by which he also meant "is there a script to do this?"

First, tracks can be sorted by Equalizer name when displayed in Songs View.

So finding the batches of tracks that have been assigned freaky EQ settings is a scroll-through-the-library away. And also no AppleScript necessary. And I can go back to watching football.

Second, AppleScript is pretty much the only way that tracks can be mustered by the volume adjustment property. A track's volume adjustment can range between -100 and 100 with 0 as the default detente. Here is a script that will find all the tracks whose volume adjustment value does not equal 0 and put them in their own brand new playlist:

tell application "Music" to duplicate (get a reference to (tracks whose volume adjustment is not 0)) to (make new playlist with properties {name:"Volume Not 0"})

I was surprised I had about 300 tracks of my own that weren't set to 0 volume. Don't know how that came to be. Must have gone berserk one day or something.

December 26 2019 - 8:51 pm

UPDATED: Not In Any Playlist v3.0

OS X 10.15 Catalina or later. This applet will scan the Music app for tracks that are not assigned to any user-created playlists and display them. Includes options to export the list as a text file, ignore Smart playlists, and copy selected tracks to a new or existing playlist.

Latest version:

  • Accommodations for macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Performance and security enhancements

More information for Not In Any Playlist v3.0 and download link is here.

December 21 2019 - 11:45 am

UPDATED: Compare Two Playlists v4.3

For macOS 10.15 Catalina 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.

Free to try in Demo Mode: While in Demo Mode, several features will be disabled. An in-app purchase of a registration code will unlock the disabled features.

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 restrictions.

Latest version:

  • Corrects a Dark Mode issue with playlist icons
  • Additional accommodations for macOS ≥ 10.15.3

More information for Compare Two Playlists v4.3 and download link is here.

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