Playlist Assist

July 4 2015 - 10:01 am

iTunes 12.2 Playlist View Issues

iTunes 12.2 introduces a new View by which to display tracks in a playlist: "Playlist". It displays a nice header with artwork from the tracks in the playlist and abbreviated tag information. I like it.

Playlist in playlist view

Except that there is an issue when dragging tracks from a playlist set to "Playlist" view to another drag-and-drop enabled application. The pasteboard that should contain metadata information about the tracks being dragged ("" is the name of the pasteboard type) only supplies the file paths ("NSFilenamesPboardType").

This affects my apps "Join Together", "M3Unify" and "Playlist Assist". The workaround is to either drag tracks while the playlist is in "Songs" view or drag the entire playlist by selecting its name in the Playlist Column and dragging.

I'm working on fixes for those apps.

June 4 2013 - 6:32 am

Playlist Assist

I'm happy to announce the release of Playlist Assist. Do you miss the old playlist window feature?

Playlist Assist provides a floating window to which tracks from iTunes can be dragged and then sorted, arranged, auditioned, edited, exported as text, and saved back to iTunes as a new playlist. Keeps playlist construction in focus while still being able to conveniently navigate around iTunes for tracks and playlists.

Playlist Assist features:

  • Recognizes audio and video tracks
  • Sort, search, shuffle, and drag-and-drop Play Order arranging
  • QuickLook playback
  • Get Info
  • Save as new playlist to iTunes, directly to Playlist Folders if you like
  • Save and play in Up Next immediately
  • Touch-up basic tag editing
  • Export playlist data as tab-delimited text, XML, M3U
  • Export files of tracks to Finder
  • Compatible with iTunes Match tracks (however, some features only apply to local files)
  • Familiar iTunes-like interface, ample shortcuts, update checking, in-app Help

Playlist Assist is for OS X 10.7 or later, iTunes 10 or later. Download the full-featured demo from here.

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