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Michael Tsai - Blog - Music.app on macOS 10.15
On Catalina’s new Music app to replace iTunes:
“As I dig deeper, I find that a lot has been simplified. There are tasks I had described in my book that had multiple steps that are simpler, and there were often several ways to do something, whereas, now, there is generally just one. I find myself cutting large sections of my book’s content because of this simplification.

“I will miss the column browser; I used this tool constantly to navigate my library by Genre, then Artist, then Album. With Artist, Album, and Genres view, it’s hard to get the big picture. If you have, say, 135 Grateful Dead albums, you need to scroll through the Grateful Dead entry to find the one you want, whereas in the column browser, I could quickly scan a concise list. Or when I wanted to listen to Kind of Blue, it took a few clicks, a quick scan, and I found the album.

“The other feature I’ll miss is that in Songs view – that’s the one where you see items in a list – you can no longer display album artwork. I used that extensively, together with the column browser, as you can see above, because it’s a quick way to scan content to find what I want.”
mac  macos  osx  2019  mjtsai  catalina  itunes  music 
7 weeks ago by handcoding
Michael Tsai - Blog - The Fate of the iTunes Store in macOS Catalina
“In early betas of macOS Catalina, the iTunes Store was visible, but in recent betas it did not show up in the sidebar of the Music app if the user was signed into Apple Music. That seems to be the default now: if a user has an Apple Music account, they won’t see the iTunes Store. You can display it, if you wish, in the Music app’s Preferences, on the General pane, but if you’re a streamer, you won’t see it by default.

“You’ll note that in the screenshots on Apple’s macOS Catalina preview pages, the iTunes Store is not visible.”
itunes  itunesstore  catalina  macos  osx  mjtsai  2019 
8 weeks ago by handcoding
[OFFICIAL] DRmare Audio Converter for Mac - All-in-One DRM Removal Tool for Apple Music, iTunes, and Audile Audiobooks
(It’s also $40, though. 😬)
“DRM copyright prevents users from getting full use of digital music files downloaded online, such as Apple Music, iTunes M4P songs, and Audible AA, AAX audiobooks. To help you gain the real ownership of those DRM-ed audio files, the all-mighty DRmare Audio Converter for Mac comes to rescue. It's specially developed to enable you completely get rid of DRM protection from the streaming audios so that you can freely enjoy any Apple Music, iTunes music, and Audible audiobook on any popular device and player without limit.”
drm  software  mac  macos  osx  audiobooks  itunes  2019 
july 2019 by handcoding
iTunes: Missing folder or incorrect permissions may prevent authorization
“iTunes: Missing folder or incorrect permissions may prevent authorization
Symptoms

“With Mac OS X, the Shared folder is required to authorize your iTunes Store purchases. With Windows the iTunes folder is also required. If either of these folders are missing or have incorrect folder permissions, you may notice one of the following symptoms:

“• You are unable to complete a purchase from the iTunes Store.
• You are told that you do not have permission to modify your iTunes Media folder when downloading from the iTunes Store.
• You cannot play content you purchased from the iTunes Store.
• An alert appears with the following text:
‘There was an error storing your authorization information on this computer. The required directory was not found or has a permission error.’l
itunes  permissions  errors  terminal  wayback  2016 
july 2019 by handcoding
Zelda & Chill - Mikel & GameChops
This looks like kind of a neat service for sharing playlists while also supporting Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon Music.
(via: https://twitter.com/tuba_man/status/1125408703694270464)
via:tuba_man  music  playlists  sharing  spotify  applemusic  itunes  googleplay  amazonmusic  2019 
may 2019 by handcoding
How to detect if media is playing? - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
This thread has some pretty promising AppleScript to check whether iTunes is currently playing.
itunes  music  playing  2019 
march 2019 by handcoding
Check if iTunes is playing a song - Questions & Suggestions - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
This thread kinda sorta gets into checking whether iTunes is currently playing a track?
itunes  keyboardmaestro  applescript  2014 
march 2019 by handcoding
My Must-Have Mac Apps, 2018 Edition – MacStories - page 4
“iMazing. I use iMazing primarily to keep my iOS devices backed up. It works over WiFi or a Lightning cable connected to my Mac and, unlike iTunes, has the benefit of creating incremental backups, which make it easy to roll back to a particular stable version of an iOS setup. iMazing can also store your iOS apps on your Mac for faster future installation and backup purposes. Finally, once in a while, I have a reason to dig into the data stored in an app, which is something that can be done with iMazing’s file system browser.”
mac  itunes  apps  software  recommendations  macstories  2018 
december 2018 by handcoding
iPhone update server could not be contact… - Apple Community
“During the update and restore process, iTunes needs to contact Apple. Ensure that your computer has the following ports open and can access these servers:

“* Port 80
“* Port 443
“* phobos.apple.com, albert.apple.com, gs.apple.com

“You must also open access to the following VeriSign servers:

“* evintl-ocsp.verisign.com
“* evsecure-ocsp.verisign.com”
iphone  itunes  restore  2018 
october 2018 by handcoding
itunes - Restoring from IPSW. Unable to connect to gs.apple.com (error 3014) - Ask Different
Well, at least it looks like you’re not the only one who can’t seem to connect to gs.apple.com (such as for restoring an iPhone).
gs.apple.com  itunes  restore  2018 
october 2018 by handcoding
How to resolve Error 3014? - Apple Community
(Perhaps this may be related to your Error 3014 problem?)
“OK. Now we’re getting somewhere. Thank you. However, the problem would appear to be at the remote end since I can do a traceroute into the Apple 17.x.x.x network. At some point inside that range of addresses, the route dies. Since I’m not blocking anything on my end, this would appear to be a problem on the remote end. Interestingly, Safari can’t find it either. Oh wait, there it is. Safari just found a page.”
tracert  itunes  restore  error  3014  2016 
october 2018 by handcoding
If you can't connect to the App Store, iTunes Store, or Apple Books - Apple Support
(You might try the steps here if you end up getting errors when restoring from iTunes.)
“By default, the built-in application firewall for macOS automatically allows applications signed by Apple to receive incoming connections. If you’ve adjusted the settings for your application firewall, you might need to allow incoming connections. If the issue persists, reset the cache of accepted certificates:
“• Click your desktop to make sure that you’re in Finder.
“• From the menu at the top of your computer screen, choose Go > Go to Folder.
“• In the box, enter /var/db/crls/.
“• Click Go.
“• Drag the files labeled crlcache.db and ocspcache.db to the Trash.
“• If prompted, enter your administrator password.
“• Restart your computer, then try to connect to the iTunes Store, App Store, or Book Store.”
itunes  restore  2018  iphone  apple 
october 2018 by handcoding
How to solve Error 3014 when updating your iPhone/iOS got stuck?
“When I update to the latest iOS 8 today, my iPhone was stuck around 80% progress, and iTunes has an error 3014.

“Error 3xxx has got to do with communicating to Apple servers, and something failed along the way. It could be your firewall, host records, internet connection, cable, etc..

“This is what works for me:

“Firstly, when stuck, you have to unstuck.

“Press both the Power + Home buttons and hold for 5 seconds. It will force restart.
“The device will then be connected to iTunes. Select restore to start over again.

“Yup, just start over again.

“I repeated 3 times, each time stucking at different progress. 80%, 25% before suceeding at 100%.”
ios  iphone  itunes  2018 
october 2018 by handcoding
MilGraCom — High Sierra Media Key Enabler
“MacOS High Sierra Media Key Enabler for iTunes and Spotify. You can prioritize which app you would like to control or you can go with the default behaviour which controls the running app. The app runs in the menu bar in the form of a subtle and beautiful black dot.”
mac  macos  keyboard  spotify  itunes  2018 
september 2018 by handcoding
Remote Control app turns an iOS device into a remote control for your Mac [sponsored]
“The Media tab lets you control your Mac’s volume and media playback from anywhere in your home using standard system shortcuts for volume, pause/resume and more. The Remote Control widget makes your macOS’s standard media keys accessible right from the Lock screen or your widgets screen.”
mac  macos  osx  remotes  music  itunes  2018 
may 2018 by handcoding
David Chartier 🥃 on Twitter: "Is there an app that can regularly sync my iTunes playlists to Spotify? Not a one-time import, but continually, even if I have to manually run it from time to time?"
David asked, "Is there an app that can regularly sync my iTunes playlists to Spotify? Not a one-time import, but continually, even if I have to manually run it from time to time?”

@GerbenSegboer replied with, “Songshift, I think.” to which @chartier chimed in with, “Oh, that is *perfect*.”

So that seems like a good sign. [Songshift is an app for iOS: https://songshiftapp.com]
spotify  itunes  playlists  2018  twitter  chartier  ios  software  music 
february 2018 by handcoding
iTunes v11+. Podcasts skip/jump during playback... | Official Apple Support Communities
"This was still happening to right now; skipping every 2-3 minutes infact; and after snooping around for a while, found an option that says 'skip when shuffling', under playback option for each podcast (right click > get info > options > it should be there)  and it was activated, so I selected the set of podcasts I'm listening to and de-activated it. Been listening for the last 15-20 minutes, and no skipping =D"
itunes  podcasts  skipping  music  2015  software  macos  osx  mac 
january 2018 by handcoding
Overkill — Felix Krause
“Overkill is a simple, elegant Mac app, that runs in the background and makes sure iTunes never interrupts your work.”
itunes  software  mac  2017 
december 2017 by handcoding
Michael Tsai - Blog - Copying All Your Music to Your iPhone
"There are lots of ways to copy your songs over, but in my experience there’s only one way that works reliably. (At least it does now. This would not have been true in earlier versions of iTunes.) For me, all the auto-syncing methods are unreliable. I tried again this year, resulting in multiple issues. What works best for me, thanks to that most recent iTunes update, is good old-fashioned drag and drop."
itunes  sync  2017  music  mjtsai 
november 2017 by handcoding
Michael Tsai - Blog - iPhone X Exclusive Ringtone
"One small nicety included with the iPhone X is a new ringtone called ‘Reflection’. Until now, every iPhone has defaulted to the ‘Opening’ ringtone since iOS 7.

"‘Reflection’ is not only exclusive, but the default for fresh iPhone X setups."
itunes  ringtones  mjtsai  2017  iphone  iphonex 
november 2017 by handcoding
iTunes Column Browser Keeps Shrinking | MacRumors Forums
(As of October 19, 2017.)
"Just upgraded to iTunes 12.7; column browser is 3 rows. Unfortunately, when you load iTunes again, the column browser will be compact. It's not saving the location you drag the depth to."
itunes  mac  osx  software  2017 
october 2017 by handcoding
How to get the App Store back into iTunes
"'Apple has released a version of iTunes for Volume Purchasing Program (VPP) customers that need to deploy apps within their business through iTunes. This version, iTunes 12.6.3, features support for managing iOS apps within iTunes. As noted by Apple, this version of the app can be installed over a newer version like iTunes 12.7.'

"Whether you like the 'new' iTunes or not, it’s always nice to have options. I’ll be downloading this version ASAP."
itunes  appstore  mac  osx  macos  2017 
october 2017 by handcoding
Control iTunes From Any Application With These Powerful Automations - Mac Automation Tips
(So it looks like this technique might allow you to trigger iTunes stuff from Dragon Dictate. Neat!)

"I also execute the playlist macro using a Dragon Dictate voice command. I copied and pasted the AppleScript script for my Play Jazz macro into a  Dragon Dictate command, and assigned it the voice command, 'Play jazz'.  Thus while working or  browsing the net, I can issue the voice command without opening iTunes."
itunes  dragon  dragondictate  automation  mac  osx  macos  2015 
september 2017 by handcoding
ExtraBITS for 18 September 2017 - TidBITS
"Check Settings > TV > iTunes Videos and make sure the Download HDR Videos switch is enabled. Then, in the TV app, on the Library screen, tap a movie to see its listing; you’ll see 4K and HDR badges if Apple has updated the film. The Verge reports that these files on the iPad are 1080p and not 4K, but they do support HDR. Regardless, they look great."
4k  hdr  movies  itunes  2017  ipad 
september 2017 by handcoding
Rogue Amoeba - Under the Microscope » Blog Archive » Use Fission 2.4 to Save Custom iPhone Ringtones
"The changes made by Apple in iTunes 12.7 mean that you now need to manually drop your custom tones directly on to your iOS device in iTunes. Fortunately, the process is quite simple, and we’ve posted a quick, step-by-step guide in our Knowledge Base."
itunes  ringtones  2017  fission  rogueamoeba  itunes12.7  mac  osx  macos 
september 2017 by handcoding
Manually manage content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes - Apple Support
"If you have media on your computer that you can't redownload from the App Store or iTunes Store directly on your iOS device, such as custom ringtones or iOS apps, you can drag and drop the media from your computer to your iOS device using iTunes."
itunes  ringtones  2017  iphone  apple 
september 2017 by handcoding
music - iTunes: Move files off a network drive - Ask Different
This answer may well have the canonical steps for migrating one's iTunes library.

In short:
• In iTunes → Preferences → Advanced
- Make sure “Keep iTunes Media folder organized” is unchecked.
- Make sure "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library" is unchecked.
- Make sure “Share iTunes Library XML” is checked.
• Quit iTunes.
• Go to ~/Music/iTunes/
• Delete "iTunes Library.itl”
• Locate "iTunes Library.xml" and/or "iTunes Music Library.xml". Then delete whichever file is older.
• Edit the remaining XML file with a text editor (like TextMate).
• Make a copy of that XML file and rename that copy to whichever XML file you just deleted.
• Use this Terminal command to create a dummy (0-byte) version of "iTunes Library.itl":
touch ~/Music/iTunes/iTunes\ Library.itl
• Lastly, start iTunes normally. It may chug for a while, but that’s okay.

(Note to self: You also created a Word version of these directions:
~/Dropbox (Personal)/Dallas 2017/Word Processing/iTunes Media Library migration - steps from Stack Exchange.docx)
itunes  migration  2014  music  mac  osx  macos  software  canonical  stackexchange 
august 2017 by handcoding
How to move your iTunes Library to another location - Macworld UK
"Within the Music folder, you'll find the iTunes folder, which you'll want to drag and drop into your Hard Drive. This will now move your iTunes files to your external hard drive. Depending on the size of your music collection, it might take longer.

"After you've finished, you'll want to relaunch iTunes, by holding down the Option (Alt) key and clicking on the iTunes application. This will then prompt you to choose a new library."
itunes  migration  library  2014  macworld 
august 2017 by handcoding
Someone Solved Your Phone Auto-Playing Music In The Car
"Samir Mezrahi, who works for the animal site The Dodo (and is a former BuzzFeed employee) created a simple hack. He made a song that’s just nothing, with the title “A a a a a Very Good Song”. This means that instead of some loud song playing as soon as you connect your phone, you’ll be playing this silent song. Which will give you the 3 seconds you need to turn off the music player."
music  bluetooth  car  audio  2017  buzzfeed  itunes 
august 2017 by handcoding
Solved: Stuttering Audio Streaming To Apple TV Via AirPlay - The Spotify Community
(This is the thread that Dinah had suggested.)
"I'm trying to play music on an Apple TV via AirPlay (audio only, not mirroring).  The audio often stutters.  I'm using Spotify Premium."
dinah  airplay  skipping  audio  itunes  2017 
august 2017 by handcoding
How to Turn YouTube Channels into Subscribable Podcasts
"YouTube is home to a ton of great videos and amazing channels, but if you want to enjoy them without obviously spending all day on YouTube, it can be a bit of a hassle. Thankfully, it's not difficult to turn those videos into podcasts that you can get in iTunes or any other podcast manager you choose. Here's how."
youtube  podcasts  2013  lifehacker  itunes 
july 2017 by handcoding
TodayRemote - Control music on your Mac from iOS Notification Center
"Control music on your Mac from iOS Widget”

(And it looks like it supports iTunes, Spotify, VLC, and others.)
itunes  spotify  mac  remote  software  ios  macos  osx  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
how do i stop itunes from opening when inserting cd? | MacRumors Forums
(On getting iTunes to not open when you insert a music CD:)
"System preferences > CD&DVD > Insert Music CD > Ignore.."
itunes  cds  music  ripping  2010 
june 2017 by handcoding
Sound Control – App Volumes and Equalizer for Mac – Static Z Software
Among its features:
"Per-App Volume Controls: Control the volume of your apps independently.”
--
"Full Hotkey Control: Set up hotkeys to control volume, mute and EQ for the foreground app. There is even a hotkey to mute all background apps."
mac  audio  volume  osx  macos  software  itunes  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
Smart Playlist -- Least Recently Played Albums? | Official Apple Support Communities
"If you have Controls > Shuffle > by Albums checked (iTunes 8) checked and playlist set to random it will do whole albums. Not sure how this can be applied to your situation. Maybe it works with the "limit to random" unchecked, too."
itunes  albums  smartplaylists  2008 
june 2017 by handcoding
macos - Lowest volume is still too loud—how can I make it even lower? - Ask Different
"As well as the ways covered in the other answers, there is another simple way to get a volume lower than one box full.

1. Lower the volume to one box full:
2. Lower the volume to muted by pressing Volume Down (not Mute):
3. Press Mute to un-mute:
3. This gives you a very quiet volume that is between mute and one box full."
itunes  mac  macos  osx  volume  2012 
june 2017 by handcoding
Safari Volume vs. iTunes Volume | Mac Forums
(On balancing the volume levels between iTunes and, say, Safari:)
"You might give Audio Hijack Pro a try. You should be able to hijack the audio that comes through Safairi and apply an effect that reduces the volume to something similar to iTunes before sending sound to the monitors."
volume  itunes  safari  2014  mac  osx 
june 2017 by handcoding
SphtKr/homebridge-itunes: Control iTunes on a Mac from HomeKit and Siri
"Mainly, it makes it possible for you control your music system with Siri or via HomeKit scenes. Besides just play and pause, there are some handy features that make this particularly easy to do. It is geared toward audio uses, but will work in most cases to control video as well."
homekit  siri  itunes  mac  software  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
mac - Is there a way to force iTunes 11 to update tags? - Ask Different
"This method [for telling iTunes to rescan tracks] is a bit more complicated to set up, but easy to use.

"Fire up Script Editor (which is under Applications/AppleScript, but it will work with TextEdit). Paste the following code, then save as a Script called /Library/iTunes/Scripts/Refresh.scpt (create the Scripts directory if it doesn't already exist).

tell application "iTunes"
refresh selection
end tell
Now, inside iTunes, you should see a Scripts menu (an icon of a scroll, just left of Help). The "Refresh" item on that menu will force it to re-read the tags for all tracks that you have selected.
"
mac  canonical  itunes  rescan  id3  2017  applescript 
june 2017 by handcoding
How to make Itunes Rescan ID3 Tags | Serato.com
"For the Mac users, you should CTRL + A to highlight your entire iTunes library then right-click and choose Get Info (or do a Command + i). Afterwards, put a check box in something non-necessary like the 'Composer' tag and put a space in it or perhaps your DJ name. When you click 'OK', iTunes will modify all of your highlighted file's 'Composer' tags to whatever you chose and at the same time, it'll re-read and update all of your tags.

"I'd practice this on a small batch of files (5 or so) before you attempt this on your entire library just so you don't make any mistakes."
itunes  mac  software  audio  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
Getting MP3 songs to play at the same volume in iTunes and beyond | Trevin Chow
"The last step is to now get iTunes to read your new track gain information.  If you don’t already have the song added to your iTunes library, you can just add it and it will be read automatically.  However, if the song is already part of your library, there’s an easy work around.  Just select all the songs, click Get Info.  On teh information dialog in iTunes about the selected songs, do not make any changes.  Instead, just click OK and iTunes will re-read all the song information, including the new COMMENT ITUNNORM tag you added."
itunes  itunnorm  audio  mac  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
iTunes Radio Normalizes Playback Volume with Sound Check | Kirkville
"If you turn Sound Check on, iTunes examines all your music to determine how much it deviates from a norm.

"When it’s finished, you can see, for each track, whether the music’s volume needs to be increased or decreased when using Sound Check; this song needs to be reduced by 5.0 dB if Sound Check is active:
itunes  soundcheck  loudness  2015 
june 2017 by handcoding
Album-Mode Soundcheck Normalization for iOS
"Yesterday I figured out how iTunes (on the computer) decides whether album normalization or singles normalization is in effect, and the algorithm is very simple:

"All songs play in album mode, all the time, UNLESS a song from one album precedes a song from another album. In that case the song which precedes the song from the different album plays in singles mode. This means that if two contiguous songs are from an album they will play in album mode, even if they are out of order. As long as How thoughtful!

"This algorithm holds whether iTunes is in the artist tab, songs tab, album tab, or playlist. It also holds in shuffle mode.

"The down side to this algorithm is that if you make a playlist with two albums, the LAST song in the first album will play at singles gain. Perhaps iTunes has a rationalization for performing this, so as to smooth out transitions between two completely unrelated albums. But I think they'll be wrong as much as right in this case. And it prevents us from making a playlist that plays properly with, for example, two symphonies in a row. The last movement of the first symphony will be played at the wrong gain. Or two albums from a double album set by the same artist... when shuffled, you can end up with weird effects like the ballads playing as loud as the rockers."
itunes  soundcheck  loudness  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
iTunes Sound Check album mode: what does this mean for $rg2sc? - Mp3tag Forums
"Given that Bob confirmed that iTunes has been changed in some way and that there is still just a single iTunNORM tag field, the simple conclusion is that $rg2sc seems broken, since the existing code for $rg2sc only writes track or album gain info and not both simultaneously. It may be fixable if iTunes has been changed such that the album and tag gains are stored in a reformatted iTunNORM tag field, but it may not be fixable if iTunes now uses a combo of iTunNORM and iTunes database info to do both album and track gain changes.

"Determining how (from a tag field/database perspective) iTunes is exactly storing its new gain adjustments is the critical first step. If the new method depends solely on iTunNORM tag field content, then it should be fairly easy to revise $rg2sc code. But both of those steps are beyond my tools and expertise. I can only admire the problem!"
itunes  soundcheck  rg2sc  2014 
june 2017 by handcoding
Soundcheck in iTunes 12 | Official Apple Support Communities
As of 2015:
"I have reason to believe that older versions of iTunes used something like a simple analysis of the peak volume. In those days, SoundCheck performed poorly (it was a common complaint in this forum), and many users turned to 3rd party volume normalization tools such as iVolume and MP3Gain.

"It appears that iTunes has made improvements in this area recently. To me, playback sounds much more even, and SoundCheck complaints on this forum are down. The support doc states that Sound Check "computes characteristics of their playback volume" which certainly hints that it is something more sophisticated than a simple peak analysis."
itunes  soundcheck  loudness  2015 
june 2017 by handcoding
Auphonic Blog: Loudness Targets for Mobile Audio, Podcasts, Radio and TV
"It's also interesting to see how Apple handles the problem of loudness normalization. The Sound Check feature in iTunes analyzes the loudness of newly added songs and stores this information in an ID3 tag or in the iTunes Music Library database. Your iPod then uses this information to compensate loudness differences between different tracks during playback. According to Thomas Lund, a researcher at tc.electronic, the resulting loudness corresponds to around -16 LUFS."
lufs  loudness  replaygain  itunes  apple  itunnorm  2017 
june 2017 by handcoding
iTunes Sound Check has an 'Album Mode' - finally - Production Advice
Well, it seems as if Apple’s “Sound Check” finally has an album mode? That seems good.
2013  itunes  soundcheck  loudness 
june 2017 by handcoding
Spotify just reduced its loudness playback level ! - Production Advice
"YouTube, Spotify and TIDAL all now use playback reference levels within a dB of each other, and Apple Sound Check and Pandora are another 2 dB lower than that, matching the recommendations of the Audio Engineering Society for streaming loudness.

"So there’s no pressure any more to master louder in order to “compete” on Spotify – you can use the same guidelines for all the major streaming services, and be confident of a great-sounding result."
spotify  tidal  loudness  2017  soundcheck  itunes  audio 
may 2017 by handcoding
How is ReplayGain implemented? / Questions / Discussion Area - beaTunes Support
(Big caveat: This was as of 2013. It seems that BeaTunes has since added those bits.)
"beaTunes implements ReplayGain according to the specification.

"But since beaTunes analysis is track-oriented, only the Track Gain and Track Peak are embedded as tags into the files (plus the corresponding iTunes tags). In other words, beaTunes does not support Album Gain or Peak."
beatunes  2013  itunes  replaygain 
may 2017 by handcoding
stu247/rgToSc: Add iTunes SoundCheck meta-data from ReplayGain meta-data.
"Unfortunately, Sonos does not support the ReplayGain standard for MP3 files, but it does support the proprietary Apple iTunes volume normalization called Sound Check (https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/330). The rgToSc.py Python script reads the ReplayGain meta-data in an MP3 file, calculates the Sound Check meta-data, and stores the Sound Check meta-data in the MP3 file.

"The script can update individual files or directory structures. If the file already contains the Sound Check meta-data, then it will not modify the file unless the -f option is used. That way you can periodically run the script on your entire collection and only the new MP3 files will be updated, saving a lot of space during incremental backups."
replaygain  soundcheck  itunes  2017  audio 
may 2017 by handcoding
ReplayGain on Mac (iTunes or audirvana with integrated mode) | Head-Fi.org
"Itunes uses a different tag called the iTunNORM
 
"I use dBpoweramp to insert the tag when calculating the album and/or track gain"
itunes  replaygain  itunnorm  2015 
may 2017 by handcoding
ReplayGain and iTunes Normalization question | Steve Hoffman Music Forums
"Thanks, I'll look into iVolume. I'm skeptical about these auto-leveing tools as well, but many here have no issues with ReplayGain."
itunes  replaygain  volume  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
iVolume on the Mac App Store
"iVolume effectively repairs the built-in 'Sound Check' function of iTunes. Information about the loudness is stored by iTunes in a tag named iTunNORM inside your songs. This information is used for playing a song a bit louder or softer at playback time whenever Sound Check is turned on. iTunes' loudness analysis is very fast but unfortunately not very accurate so that Sound Check is not satisfying out-of-the-box. That's were iVolume comes into the game: iVolume re-analyzes every song with a professional algorithm that's oriented on the acoustic perception of the human ear and iVolume then permanently replaces the information in the iTunNORM tag of your songs with perfect values."
itunes  volume  apps  software  2015 
may 2017 by handcoding
beaTunes ~ Replay Gain
"iTunes solves this issue with its proprietary Sound Check, a mechanism that attempts to replay all songs with the same loudness. Another, non-proprietary approach to the problem is ReplayGain.

"beaTunes allows you to perform the ReplayGain analysis and adjust the standardized, track-specific id3 tags as well as the proprietary iTunNORM tags used by iTunes. It does not however, change the actual gain, meaning the original audio data remains untouched. Adjusting the gain at playback time is left to your music player (in iTunes Sound Check needs to be enabled)."
itunes  replaygain  levels  audio  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
Hypertext: Use AppleScript to determine which media app is currently playing something (or was last paused), and have your PowerMate act accordingly
It looks like you may be able to use this script—nearly Verbatim—to bind to a key to play/pause in the most recent media player (iTunes/Spotify) that you had been using).
itunes  spotify  2017  applescript  play  pause 
may 2017 by handcoding
Applescript to show current playing song and determine if its spottily or iTunes that is playing
It seems that you might be able to use the AppleScript here as a starting point to help figure out whether iTunes or Spotify is playing (or neither).
itunes  spotify  applescript  play  pause  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes - AppleScript Basics
(On checking whether iTunes is paused:)
"You can determine how the script will behave next by testing whether certain conditions are met. You can do this with an "if...then" statement; if a condition is true then do something:

tell application "iTunes"
if player state is paused then play
end tell
itunes  applescript  pause  play  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
Applescript: how to tell if iTunes is paused | MacRumors Forums
"Here is how I used Applescript to check if iTunes was paused. It works without any issues.."
itunes  paus  play  applescript  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
keyboard - Override iTunes "media" keys (play, pause, etc) for Spotify? - Ask Different
(This thread goes over some AppleScript bits to play/pause Spotify. Perhaps some of those bits could be handy in case you had wanted to create a universal play/pause button?)

try
tell application "Spotify"
playpause
end tell
end try
return

try
tell application "Spotify"
previous track
end tell
end try
return

try
tell application "Spotify"
next track
end tell
end try
return
itunes  spotify  keyboardmaestro  applescript  2015 
may 2017 by handcoding
Getting Info From iTunes — Noodlings
"The last one (I don’t know exactly when it was released but it was the last one I discovered) is iTunesLibrary (ITLib) and it’s a bit easy to miss because, from what I can tell, it is not a part of the OS, but iTunes itself. You can find the framework under /Library/Frameworks (not /System/Library/Frameworks). It provides similar functionality to the MediaLibrary framework, but specific to iTunes.

“With so many options, which do you use? For the most part, they return the same information though it depends on the version of iTunes. With some versions, one API may return some special playlist that the others don’t. Also, ML is asynchronous while the others are synchronous. I don’t see that as a big deal either way as you can convert one into the other with a tiny bit of work.

"The big differentiating factor is performance. Here are the results for getting a list of playlists for my library:

"XML: 1.66s
ML: 18.79s
ITLib: 0.84s"
itunes  library  performance  2017  hazel  osx  mac  music  launchbar 
may 2017 by handcoding
Best iTunes automated metadata tagging app? (former Tagalicious user) : apple
(Perhaps some of the ideas mentioned in this thread may be worth a look?)
"Does anyone have any recommendations for an iTunes automated metadata tagging app? I have a ton of music that isn't properly tagged and would love an app that could do this. Tagalicious used to be perfect, but it's dead, never to return :("
itunes  taggers  tagging  music  2016  reddit  software 
may 2017 by handcoding
Assign Spotify Play/Pause Action to a Keyboard Shortcut | Daily Mac Tips
"As of recently, Spotify has become my music streaming service of choice and I have it going pretty much constantly during my workday. The only downside of using Spotify (at least the only one I’ve come across thus far) is that there are no pause/play/next keyboard shortcuts – and no ability to create them."
spotify  itunes  applescript  keyboardmaestro  2014 
may 2017 by handcoding
Temporarily Pause iTunes - Macro Library - Keyboard Maestro Discourse
"There was a webcomic that went viral years ago where the hero pauses his iPod (i said years ago!), takes care of something, then forgets to resume the music until hours later. I did this all the time. so I wrote a macro that will pause iTunes for 5 minutes, then automatically restart playing.

"It sounded simple at first but over the years of using it i found a lot of edge cases that ended up making the macro somewhat complex. I thought others might be interested in seeing it."
itunes  music  pause  2016  keyboardmaestro 
may 2017 by handcoding
Make iTunes Rating Easier with Keyboard Maestro
"The one trick that's not available natively is a quick way to see and rate the currently playing track.1. I came up with a couple different ways to use Keyboard Maestro toward this end."
keyboardmaestro  itunes  2012  rating  palettes 
may 2017 by handcoding
Free Mac App for Tagging Apple Lossless Files? | Steve Hoffman Music Forums
(In case you should need to resort to this…)
"That wasn't clear from your first post.

"There is still a way to do it in iTunes. :--

"1) First, set your import mode (presumably currently ALAC) to something lossless other than ALAC, say AIFF
2) Then select the playlist, right click and create AIFF versions of the files.
3) Select the AIFF files and change the metadata as you wish to create your compilation album.
4) Set the import mode back to ALAC
5) Select the AIFF files, right click and create ALAC versions of your new compilation album.
6) Delete the AIFF files."
alac  applelossless  2010  audio  itunes 
may 2017 by handcoding
itunes prevents sleep mode | Official Apple Support Communities
“It looks like the function 'look for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad Remote' prevents the mac mini from going to sleep mode. If I turn this function off, the mac mini goes to sleep.

”Any suggestions to use the remote function and get the mac mini to sleep? I thought that the Apple Remote App is capable of WOL and can wake up a sleeping mac with the magic packet…"
mac  osx  sleep  itunes  2017 
may 2017 by handcoding
Ask the iTunes Guy: What to do when iTunes goes wild | Macworld
(About iTunes Library.itl and iTunes Library.xml:)
"macOS includes Time Machine, an automatic backup system that automatically stores copies of your files to an external or network drive. To protect your iTunes library and your other files, it’s a good idea to use Time Machine. This is better than just copying your files or cloning your drive, since it stores multiple versions of your files. If the iTunes Library file in your backup is corrupt, then you’re out of luck, but with Time Machine, you can go back in time and choose different versions until you find one that works.

"I also strongly recommend checking the option mentioned above to have iTunes create that XML file. It doesn’t cost you anything, and it can save your iTunes library if something goes wrong."
itunes  ituneslibrary  xml  mac  macos  software  2017  migration 
may 2017 by handcoding
Using Spotlight to play iTunes songs causes another song to play after resuming from pause - Ask Different
(On preventing iTunes from playing some random track when the current track fails:)
"The solution is quite simple. Quit iTunes before you start using Spotlight to control it. Then it won't have anything else it was playing before to go back to."
itunes  mac  macos  spotlight  stackexchange  2010 
may 2017 by handcoding
bolzone apps - Silicio
(This app might also let you set up hotkeys to automagically switch between previous/next tracks in whichever music app happens to be playing at the moment, whether that may be iTunes or Spotify or such.)
keyboard  shortcuts  music  software  mac  osx  apps  2017  itunes  spotify  macos 
may 2017 by handcoding
NepTunes - the best iTunes and Spotify controller for Mac
(If you should need a scrobbler/Last.fm client to use with iTunes/Spotify, this might be worth a look.)
"Simple to use, yet powerful iTunes and Spotify controller with Last.fm scrobbler that is light, super reliable and fully works with Spotify and Apple Music and can help you with discovering new music. Only $4.99."
scrobblers  mac  macos  osx  music  lastfm  itunes  spotify  2017  software 
may 2017 by handcoding
alberti42/iTunes-Volume-Control: This app allows you to control the iTunes volume using volume up and volume down hotkeys.
“• This little app allows you to control the iTunes volume using volume-up and volume-down hotkeys from your keyboard.
• It allows you also to control the same iTunes volume by means of your Apple Remote control.
• This is particularly useful to control the volume of AirPlay devices.”
(via: http://lifehacker.com/itunes-volume-controls-assigns-your-media-keys-to-itune-1563093322)
itunes  mediakeys  keyboard  volume  mac  airplay  2015 
may 2017 by handcoding
Get current stream title if available, otherwise show song's current artist - name
This actually looks to be a pretty good chunk of AppleScript for getting the current track title on iTunes.
itunes  applescript  textexpander  2017 
january 2017 by handcoding
Current Song on iTunes Stream
This actually looks to be a halfway decent AppleScript for getting the current track info from iTunes.
itunes  applescript  streaming  2017 
january 2017 by handcoding
If your Mac won't connect to AirPlay on your Airport Express, disable IPv6 - KPAO by Dave Cortright
On how to figure out what to type when disabling IPv6 through the Terminal:
"In the command line try:
networksetup -listnetworkserviceorder
That will show you the exact names of all of the network ports on your system. Reference the name exactly in the command to turn off IPv6."
[via one of the comments]
ipv6  itunes  airplay  airportexpress  2012 
january 2017 by handcoding
Disabling IPv6 fixes Netflix and AirPlay issues on Apple TV
"So, now the question was, is this related to IPv6, or is something else broken with Netflix/Apple TV? I disabled IPv6 connection sharing on the Airport Extreme and tried again.

"Success!

"Netflix quickly loaded as if nothing had ever been wrong. Wireshark showed the difference – SSL connection is successfully negotiated without a problem."
ipv6  airplay  itunes  2015  airportexpress 
january 2017 by handcoding
How do I disable IPv6 on Mac OS X? | Help & Support | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"The University has noticed that some Apple computers have experienced issues connecting reliably to the UNC wireless network. Turning off the IPv6 protocol may reduce the occurrence of these issues. To do so please follow the instructions based on your version of Mac OS X."
itunes  osx  mac  2016  ipv6  airplay 
january 2017 by handcoding
Mini-tutorial: Fixes for AirPort Express streaming issues -- Drops, skips and more - CNET
(This is from 2009, though, so who knows whether this will fix your Airplay problem:)
"Streaming music through AirPort Express Base stations can sometimes result in drops, skips, static and other issues that impede audio quality. There are a few common fixes for these flaws, as follows:"
airplay  itunes  cnet  audio  2009 
january 2017 by handcoding
Airplay no longer working in iTunes 12.5.1 | Official Apple Support Communities
From September 2016:
"I've been using airplay from iTunes on Mac to an Airport Express and to a Bowers & Wilkins Z2 for several years, both seamlessly with no dropouts. After updating iTunes on my Mac to 12.5.1, I get stuttering audio and inconsistent connections. The only thing that has changed in my entire setup is the iTunes update. Connections to both the airport express and Z2 are both wired, not wireless, so I know there is not interference or an issue with wireless networking. Is anyone else experiencing this?"
itunes  12.5  airplay  2016 
january 2017 by handcoding
TOMAHAWK
"Stop chasing music across the web - to services you don't use, or sources you don't have access to. Given the name or link to a song, album or playlist, Tomahawk will find the best available source for you and just play it.

"Add your favorite music subscription services, music promotion platforms, networked libraries, cloud storage, music data providers, social networks and more."
mac  music  osx  macos  software  tidal  spotify  itunes  2017  opensource 
january 2017 by handcoding
How To Set Itunes Song As Skype Mood | TWELVESKIP
"If you are interested in letting your status express your mood with your current music, displaying the iTunes song you are listening to as your status is a unique Skype feature."
skype  itunes  music  2016  mac  software 
september 2016 by handcoding
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