Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Play a Random Album in iTunes


You know that feeling when you want to play some music, but you don’t know what? You can shuffle through your music library, but I don’t do that often for two reasons. The first is that my library is made up of disparate types of music, much of it classical. All my classical music is […]

Using AppleScripts with iTunes


I write a lot about using AppleScripts with iTunes. Thanks to iTunes’ scriptability, it is possible to extend the app with numerous features and shortcuts. If not for Doug Adams, the master scripter and proprietor of Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes, I would spend a lot more time managing my iTunes library. I often mention AppleScripts […]

Re-Ripping CDs with iTunes


You may occasionally want to re-rip one or more CDs that you own. One of the most common reasons for this is to rip CDs at a higher bit rate than you did back when disk space was more limited. Wen you do this, you may want to ensure that you don’t lose metadata for […]

iTunes 11: AppleScript to Edit Tags of Multiple Media Types


Update: Apple fixed this in iTunes 11.1.2. I recently posted an article pointing out that, in iTunes 11.1, you can no longer edit tags of multiple media items. As I explained: “Let’s say you’ve just bought some music by download: from the iTunes Store, or from any other purveyor of digital music. You may get […]

Use LaunchBar to Launch AppleScripts for iTunes


One of the best ways to extend functionality of iTunes is through AppleScripts. These routines allow you to manipulate tags and files, and save me a huge amount of time when I’m ripping CDs and need to tag items, and when I’m working with my iTunes library. Doug Adams’ website Doug’s AppleScripts for iTunes is […]

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