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March 2 2021 - 11:40 am

UPDATED: Artist to Last-First v5.4

For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet will parse the text of the chosen tag (Artist, Album Artist, Composer or one of their Sort siblings) of a selection of tracks:

Move the LAST word of the tag to the beginning, eg:

  • Hound Dog Taylor -> Taylor, Hound Dog
  • OR Move the FIRST word of the tag to the end, eg:

  • The Crystal Method -> Crystal Method, The
  • Then, the newly configured text can be copied back to your choice of Artist, Album Artist, Composer, Sort Artist, Sort Album Artist and/or Sort Composer tag(s).

    Latest version:

    • Fixes a bug selecting Sort Composer as source text
    • Fixed Preview inaction when Move option was toggled

    More information for Artist to Last-First v5.4 and download link is here.

    March 1 2021 - 5:41 pm

    NEW: Total Plays v3.0

    For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script tallies and displays the Plays of each track in a selection of tracks or all tracks in the selected playlist.

    Latest version:

    • Initial release for the Music app

    More information for Total Plays v3.0 and download link is here.

    February 26 2021 - 11:41 am

    UPDATED: Remove Leading-Trailing Spaces v2.4

    For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will remove any number of extra space characters at the beginning and ending of chosen tags (Title, Artist/Director, Album Artist, Album, Composer, Genre, Grouping, Movement, Work and Show) in the selected tracks.

    Latest version:

    • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

    More information for Remove Leading-Trailing Spaces v2.4 and download link is here.

    February 23 2021 - 2:22 pm

    UPDATED: Album Rating Reset v4.4

    For macOS 10.15 and later only. This script will allow you to batch set or clear the Album Rating and/or Album Love/Dislike for the albums of the selected tracks or the albums associated with the tracks in a selected playlist (note that only a single track from any album need be selected in order to change the album rating or loved of the entire album). Handy for clearing batches of albums of their user-set album ratings, or re-rating batches of albums.

    Latest version:

    • Additional minor accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

    More information for Album Rating Reset v4.4 and download link is here.

    February 22 2021 - 4:16 pm

    UPDATED: New Last Played Date v5.3

    For macOS 10.15 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.

    Works best when Sync/Cloud Library is disengaged due to a potential bug.

    Latest version:

    • Fixes bug with date stepper not decreasing under some circumstances
    • Additional accommodations for macOS 11 Big Sur

    More information for New Last Played Date v5.3 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 20 2021 - 8:11 pm

    UPDATED: Rate Me! Rate Me! v6.4

    For macOS 10.15 and later only. This stay-open applet watches your playing tracks and when one begins playing displays a notification-sized panel whereby a Rating, Love and/or Dislike 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.

    Latest version:

    • Adds "Dislike" option
    • Accommodates versions of Music app that handle the *current track* property differently

    More information for Rate Me! Rate Me! v6.4 and download link is here.

    February 8 2021 - 12:38 pm

    UPDATED: Re-Apply Downsized Artwork v4.2

    For macOS 10.15 and later only. This applet will examine the artwork of each selected track (or tracks in the selected playlist) and if greater than a user-set resolution (n x n pixels) will downscale the image to that resolution. Artwork already at the set resolution or smaller will not be affected. Includes options to pad image to make square, preserve extant track artworks, adjust preview proportionally and export displayed artwork to disk.

    Latest version:

    • Fixes a problem with payment buttons

    More information for Re-Apply Downsized Artwork v4.2 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.

    February 1 2021 - 3:44 pm

    Latest Version of Music Has Increased Role for Playlist Description

    The latest version of the Music app that's bundled with macOS 11.2 has made some changes to the description property of playlists. As you probably know, the description is a bit of text associated with the playlist that appears below the title and info area of a playlist in Playlist View. It can also be seen in a similar place on the iOS Music app.

    In the latest version of Music, clicking a playlist's "Add Description" button opens a new panel that can contain a lot of text. If the playlist already contains a text description—say, an Apple Music playlist—only the first three lines of text will appear, followed by a "more" button that opens the panel and reveals the full text. And it's strictly text, no graphics.

    Additionally, the description is now visible in Songs and Albums Views, whereas before it was only accessible in Playlist View.

    While I suspect this will be used to accommodate more editorial content from Apple, there's no harm in using this vast text real estate for liner notes, personnel lists and such in your own playlists. Unfortunately, while there doesn't seem to be a limit to the amount of text the description panel accepts it doesn't scroll. I found this out when I dumped the entire Wikipedia article for ZZ Top into it and could only view what fit into the expanded panel. However, all of it is displayed on iOS Music. So, kinda neat.

    Update, Feb 2, 2021: Kirk McElhearn apprises me that this was available in the previous version of Music as well. He remembers clicking it "by accident". Well, anyway...still can't scroll.

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