Eliminate superfluous Genre names fast with De-Genre v2.0. This script re-assigns the Library tracks of selected Genres to another Genre so that the original—and consequently un-assigned—Genres disappear from iTunes’ Genre pop-up list. As you may know, you can make many superfluous Genres vanish from iTunes’ Genres pop-up list simply by eliminating a reference to them in your tracks; when no tracks are assigned to a particular Genre, that Genre will be dropped from the list. (iTunes original Genre names cannot be removed this way; only those accumulated from other sources or created by you.)
Brett O’Connor’s popular Find Album Artwork with Google has been updated to 2.5. This script will do a Google search for artwork based on the selected track’s Album. This latest version updates image size settings to be in-line with Google Image’s redesign and fixes a problem with an ampersand character breaking the search string.
Super Remove Dead Tracks has been updated to v2.0. This script will survey iTunes for tracks whose files are no longer available (as indicated by a “!” next to their names) and remove them. Any playlists that subsequently contain no tracks will then be deleted. It now creates a text file on the Desktop listing the Song Name, Artist, and Album of any tracks removed.
Apple fans cheer when Mac market share goes up, and then complain because Apple Stores are no longer geek-havens but are instead filled with non-geek regular people with honest problems. Well, it’s only going to get worse as the Mac user-pool becomes more, ehm, democratic.
Trackographer is a Stay-Open applet that will monitor iTunes and send tag information from each playing track (including radio streams if they provide track info) to a text file. Preferences can be set to include or not include various basic tags and to create a plain text file or a tab-delimited text file which can be imported into a spreadsheet.
This script doesn’t do anything you couldn’t already do manually, but does put the whole process into a single script. Search Artists to Make Sort Artist will search for tracks whose Artist tag contains a user-entered search string. It will then ask you for a text string to use in each of those tracks’ Sort Artist Tag. Or, rather than have the script automatically enter a Sort Artist, you can choose to display the results of the search in a new playlist to inspect them, then use Batch Set Tracks Sorting Tags to set the Sort Artist tag of just the selected tracks. FWIW.
“The heyday of the CD - 1983-now - was about as long as the heyday of the LP record. As much as I loved records (and still buy them occasionally), their time has passed. They are a lossy, degradable, inefficient music delivery mechanism. When people vote so clearly and loudly with their practice and their dollars that they want to download music, it is simply the entrenched music industry’s error that they are a decade late to the party.
This is an industry that releases 25% fewer titles than they did in 1998, yet complains that they are selling 25% less product!
This is an industry that sues its best customers!
This is an industry that refuses to acknowlege that more people are listening to (and making) music in a wider variety of ways, and is too incompetent to capitalize on it.
Join Together has been updated to v5.1.2. A couple of months ago I started getting reports from Join Together users regarding a strange “-54 file open” error. This error occurred as Join Together was attempting to apply tags to the joined file in iTunes. Turns out that iTunes 7.1.x is busy analyzing audio data during the “add” routine, thus leaving the file open and preventing the tags from being applied. I couldn’t duplicate the error myself (still don’t know why), so I had to rely on the kindness and patience of a good dozen or so users to fix the problem. Looks like it’s licked. Also, the “-2753 variable” error that some people were getting has also been fixed. This was another error that I was unable to duplicate, so, once again, many thanks to the beta testers for their patient assistance.
“The latest massacre of Iraqi children came as 21 Shia market workers were ambushed, bound and shot dead north of the capital. The victims came from the Baghdad market visited the previous day by John McCain, the US presidential candidate, who said that an American security plan in the capital was starting to show signs of progress.”—
Lorry bomb kills children in school-News-World-Iraq-TimesOnline
If EMI drops DRM, what about those silly music download services that use the subscription model? Would any reasonable person subscribe to their music collection when untethered music downloads are available DRM-free?
“Apple’s deal to put the EMI music catalog on its iTunes store without antipiracy software is a master stroke that should cement Apple’s dominance — and could lead the change in how most consumers get their music.”—Apple Keeps Humming
Negative knee-jerk commenters aside—they’ll always be some sourpusses I guess—I think EMI offering DRM-free tracks and albums is all right. If thirty-cents more a track is the price to pay to get this thing moving towards total DRM-free downloads then I can handle that; heck, albums are the same price (no doubt record companies lose money when people track-pick). The way I see it, if you like to buy and rip CDs, keep doing that. If you’re [a lazy man who hasn’t bought more than two or three CDs in the past year] like me and buy pretty much all your music from the iTunes Store because of the convenience, then I’m sure you’ll be happy, too.
CDDB Safari Kit had to be updated because Gracenote mooked with their template. These two AppleScripts, “CDDB Safari” and “CDDB Tracks to iTunes via Safari”, assist in finding and retrieving Album track information, Album, Artist, and Year from Gracenote’s CDDB website using Apple’s Safari browser.