While some people think that iTunes has become bloated with too many options, others might find it lacks some specific features they’d like to have – tools for tagging files more efficiently, for example, or for working with podcasts or videos.
Fortunately, iTunes offers a huge AppleScript library. Script wizard Doug Adams has taken xadvantage of that, and the results are found on Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes (www.dougscripts.com). There, he has collected hundreds of free scripts that he and others have written. Here are some of our favourites.
(Note: To use any of these or other iTunes scripts, you’ll need to put them in the yourusername/Library/iTunes/Scripts folder. If there isn’t a Scripts folder in that location, you’ll need to create one.)
1. PDF Adder
This suite of scripts allows you to add PDFs to iTunes and then tag them the way you want. Add any kind of PDF file for later syncing to an iOS device, print a web page as a PDF and then sync it, and more. All in just a few clicks.
2. Search Wikipedia
If you want further information about the music you’re listening to, this script will search through Wikipedia using the Name, Album, Artist or Composer tag of a selected or currently playing track.
3. Have a Quick Look
Want to play just one track, but not the music following it in its playlist or in your library? This script will do so by playing the song with Quick Look. The song will continue playing, even if you switch to another program.
4. Change Hidden iTunes Preferences
Hide Ping buttons, show a global Library playlist, use half-stars in ratings, and much more by simply ticking a few checkboxes. Once upon a time, you could change most of these via iTunes itself, but the options have been removed from the interface.
5. Search YouTube
This one will look up the currently selected song and artist on YouTube to find related videos, and switch to your web browser to show you the results.
6. Remove characters from front or back
Classical CDs often put the composer’s name at the beginning of a track’s name. Count the characters in the unwanted name and then run this script.
7. Embed artwork
Artwork is not embedded in music files, but is stored within your iTunes folder. If you move the music files to another computer, the artwork won’t go with them. This script copies the artwork and pastes it into each track’s file.
8. Update expired podcasts
If you haven’t listened to a podcast for a while, iTunes will stop downloading new episodes. It normally takes several clicks to get iTunes to resume the downloads, however, running this script resumes the downloads for all your podcasts at once.
9. Albumize Selection
If you download music that isn’t tagged correctly, set the right order and then run this script; it’ll add track numbers (in the form ‘1 of n’), so albums sort correctly.
Not a script per se and not free, Spins (£6.16) lists your most-listened-to songs, artists, albums, and more, giving you an overview of what you actually listen to. MW