AppleScript Changes in iTunes 6.0

iTunes 6 was released on October 12, 2005, the date of the "One More Thing..." Apple press event, which introduced the Video iPod and the new 17" and 20" iMacs (with iSight, "Front Row", DL DVD drives, etcetera).

iTunes 6.0.1 was released on October 20, 2005 and offered "stability improvements" over v6.0.


New Features

iTunes 6 allows you to download, organize, and play video content from the iTunes Music Store. Playback requires the updated QuickTime 7.0.3. Additionally, with new Front Row software you can control, watch, and listen to media on the new iMac G5s via the new Apple Remote.

AppleScript enhancements

A minor AppleScript addition has been implemented in iTunes 6.0. The play command can set a once parameter to true to play the track object just once. Cool.

tell application "iTunes"
	play item 1 of selection with once
end tell

As mentioned in A Look at iTunes 5.0, the playlist element property special kind can return a Videos value, indicating that the playlist referenced is the "Videos" playlist. Now we know what that means. Movies--by which I mean the sort of videos the iPod can currently play--are downloaded to iTunes from the iTunes Music Store and appear in a new "Videos" playlist in the Source column, much like the way podcasts go to the "Podcasts" playlist. Likewise, any movies/videos you have already downloaded will appear there as well.

The bug that prevented files created with QuickTime Pro using the "Pass-Through" export setting from being recognized properly has been fixed. Thanks to the iTunes Crew!

My good friend Paul Withey notes that despite the appearance of "Episode Number", "Season", and "Show" in the View Options (obviously helpful when downloading the latest "Desperate Housewives" vids) , these new pseudo-tags are not 'scriptable. ("Pseudo-tags"? Hmm. Are these part of the ID3 Tag standard? Anyone?)

More as it develops...

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