iTunesTouch – Touchscreen Interface for iTunes


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Added On: 20th May 10
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iTunesTouch

iTunesTouch allows you to control iTunes easily from a touchscreen. Ideal for parties, this plugin allows your guests to add songs to a playlist, view album art, and browse your collection.

You can also login as the admin, and change any settings or manage the playlist will full access.
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FAQ: Playlist to show recently initiated songs. [half-solved]


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Added On: 31st Oct 09
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One reader has asked if it’s possible to create a playlist similar to “Recently Played”, that lists all songs played, even if they did not run through to the very end.

The “Recently Played” playlist that comes with a fresh install of iTunes, will only count a song as “played” when it successfully reaches the end of the track. For this reason, if you were to skip the last few seconds of playback, the song would not appear in the playlist, even though you’ve virtually listened to the whole thing.

The Solution

In order to achieve this, iTunes has an attribute for each track called “Last Skipped”. We can make use of this to create a new Smart Playlist (Ctrl+Alt+N) called something like “Recently Played or Skipped”. In the Smart Playlist creation window the pops up, duplicate the following settings:

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One problem with this method, is that when you begin playing another song, the currently playing song does not appear to show up in our new playlist. However, pressing the “next track” button does cause it to be saved. I assume there’s no work around for this, but as always, If there are any better suggestions from you – our users – please feel free to comment, and help each other out!

Comparison of iTunes Song-Fixers.


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Added On: 8th Sep 09
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There are loads of these applications popping up, each promising to fix all your song names, artwork, track numbers etc, but which is the best?
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FAQ: Check/Uncheck Songs using the Keyboard Only. [unsolved]


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Added On: 8th Sep 09
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As we know from the iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts post, it’s possible to check/uncheck an entire playlist of songs using Ctrl+Click, however, a reader has emailed in asking how he can check/uncheck a song using the keyboard only.

As far as i’m aware, there’s no built-in feature for this, but with the wealth of Plugins out there, there has to be something somewhere to do what he wants! Anyone care to help? He’d be eternally grateful!

FAQ: Bind Volume knob to iTunes star rating. [unsolved]


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Added On: 3rd Aug 09
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As one reader asked in the mmKeys.dll post about fixing multimedia keys to work with iTunes when minimised or in a game, is it possible to use the volume control to instead adjust the 5-star rating of the currently playing song in iTunes?

It may well be possible using a simple re-map or reconfiguration of the keyboard controls (with the keyboards driver settings), but if so, or if there’s any other way, we’d love to hear about it! Let rip in the comments!

FAQ: Hide “Genre” in iTunes 8 under XP or Vista. [solved]


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Added On: 7th Mar 09
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There used to be an option in the Preferences panel to Hide Genre when browsing, which changed the layout of the “browse” (Ctrl+B) panel to just 2 parts – artist and album. In iTunes 8 however, it proves to a little more tricky.
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PulpTunes updates to 1.0, awesome new interface.

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Added On: 4th Dec 08
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The ultimate webserver for iTunes, PulpTunes, has just upgraded to version 1.0 final, with a brand new look!

If you’re an iTunes user, whether on Mac or PC (or even Linux*) you can now stream your library anywhere in the world.
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Access your music via the web with PulpTunes

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Added On: 21st Oct 08
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EDIT: NOW UPDATED – SEE NEW POST

pulpTunes is a Web server for iTunes, letting you access your music
through the Web. Written in Java, it runs on Windows and Mac, and even
any other platform like Linux, provided you have an iTunes-like XML
library file that points at the path of your music files.

The web interface allows you to:
– Select a playlist
– Browse by genre, artist and album
– Download songs
– Each song has a link, that you can send to a friend to hear it.

Metadata for video content

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Added On: 27th Jul 08
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Unlike for audio content editing metadatas in iTunes is very limited for video content. You can’t enter a description nor is any of the information actually saved inside the file itself which makes readding it to a pain. Previously mentioned AtomicParsley solves all these problems, but most people don’t like the idea of editing maybe hundreds of files on the command line. On Macs the problem has been solved by the power tool Lostify, but on windows there are only some very limited guis for AtomicParsley.

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UpdateDesc.js

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Added On: 20th Jul 08
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With this little script the longdescription field of a selected movie/tv show is set to the description field, so items which have a description will also have the i-button next to it to pop up the description in a new window just like recently bought items have it. This is especially useful if you removed a bought file and readded it or set the description with the previously mentioned metadata-editor atomicparsley using the -desc parameter (Article covering this topic will follow soon).