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I hate it when they change iTunes around.

Take a look at this:

iTunes video close button

They’ve moved the “close video” button in iTunes. If my memory is working properly, they’ve expanded the video playback controls, but why did they need to move the button so that it is so hard to find? It took me a good two minutes to hunt it down and I only found it when I entered full-screen mode because everything was black and it was easier to see.


Written by Jeff

Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Posted in Apple, iTunes, Software

Wal-Mart DRM-free downloads: Not for me.

Wal-Mart is offering DRM-free music downloads in MP3 format for $.94. They claim that you can “download to any player” and that may be true but I tried to buy a track from Wal-Mart and guess what? It doesn’t work on a Mac.

When I go to the Wal-Mart catalog and click “Check out MP3 music” in their flash thingy I get the following:

Wal-Mart hates Macs

Everyone claims that Wal-Mart’s new Windows-only DRM-free MP3 download service is a competitor to iTunes but I don’t see how.


Wal-Mart also seems to not play well with any browser but Internet Explorer.

Wal-Mart hates Firefox

Firefox users can still use the “original” store which, apparently, isn’t as feature-rich as their new store. I don’t know what their new store looks like or what sort of features it has because when I tried to open it in Internet Explorer 7, it just showed a blank page with the error icon in the lower-left of the window with “Done” next to it.

Written by Jeff

Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 9:51 am

Posted in Browsers, iTunes, Music

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I love Audio Hijack Pro

I use it to schedule and record an audio stream from Chicago Public Radio so that I can hear Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Marketplace without having to actually be listening to it at the time.

Audio Hijack will, on a schedule, run an Applescript that plays an audio stream in iTunes. It will then add the resulting file to an iTunes playlist of my choice via a second Applescript file. It’s completely automated. Just set it and forget it.

The Applescripts are really, really simple.

The first, to play the audio stream:

tell application "iTunes"
play track "Chicago Public Radio" of playlist "Chicago Public Radio"
end tell

I could leave out the of playlist part, but I sometimes listen to the stream without Audio Hijack so I don’t want to sort through the entire music library to find it and searching is usually too logical for me to think of.

The second script that adds the result file to iTunes is a modification of one of the stock scripts that comes with Audio Hijack:

(* Audio Hijack Script *** (C) Copyright 2003-2004, Rogue Amoeba Software, LLC *)

on process(theArgs)
--Coerce args to be a list
if class of theArgs is not list then
set theArgs to {theArgs}
end if

--Into iTunes ye files shall go
tell application "iTunes"
repeat with theFile in theArgs
add theFile to playlist "AudioHijack Recordings"
end repeat
end tell

end process

All I did was add to playlist “AudioHijack Recordings”. It’s that simple.

Rogue Amoeba – Audio Hijack Pro: Record any audio on Mac OS X

Written by Jeff

Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Posted in Audio, Internet, iTunes, Software

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iChat, iTunes, and status updates

When I tell iChat AV to use my current iTunes track as the status, it should change the status to “Paused” when I pause iTunes. Right now if I pause a track it stays as the status for hours sometimes and it’s just annoying.

iChatStatus used to do this but now that app is mostly redundant since Tiger was released.

Written by Jeff

Saturday, May 19, 2007 at 3:38 pm

Custom files for alert sounds in OS X

On last week’s MacBreak Weekly, Merlin Mann mentioned that you can pull audio files from Adium soundsets and use them as your system alert sounds. He said that you can just drop them into ~/Library/Sounds and they’ll work. Well, that’s partly right.

In order for the audio files to appear in the Sound Preference Pane, they have to be in AIFF format. You must use QuickTime Pro or another sound editing app (even iTunes will work) and convert the file to AIFF format. The sound I used was .M4A and I used QT Pro’s Export menu item to save it as an AIFF file. I was then able to select it as my new alert sound whereas before it hadn’t shown up in the list at all.

I had assumed before that you could set custom alert sounds but I didn’t know it was this easy. I should have, though. After all, it is OS X.

Written by Jeff

Monday, May 14, 2007 at 2:36 am

Posted in Apple, iTunes, Software

Updated: Apple/iTunes should give credit for partially purchased albums


MacNN reports that Apple is going to begin to credit users for the singles they’ve purchased if they buy the whole album within a certain amount of time:

Apple, in conjunction with several music labels, is planning to offer iTunes users credit for songs already purchased when they choose to buy an associated album within a certain time frame, according to the New York Times.

MacNN | Apple may credit iTunes album purchases

Original post:
Another post about the iTunes Store.

I’ve previously bought four tracks from an album. The album costs $9.99. I’ve paid $3.96 already, but if I want to go and buy the whole album (instead of buying each track individually), I’ll be charged a full $9.99 and then have duplicate tracks. To avoid the duplicate tracks I’ll have to buy each track separately for a total of $8.91. When you total what I will have paid, I’ll have paid $12.87 for a $9.99 album.

iTunes knows what you’ve purchased already (it warned me when I clicked “add album” that I had already purchased portions of the album), and it should just go ahead and subtract those tracks from the total price of the album and prevent you from re-downloading them. How hard could that be?

Perhaps it’s my own fault for not buying the whole album in the first place, but I didn’t want the whole album then. I do now and I’ll probably wind up paying the extra money for the whole thing, I just don’t think I should have to.

For anyone who cares, the album I’ve partially purchased is The Grascals.

Written by Jeff

Monday, March 26, 2007 at 5:45 pm

Best iTunes Search Evah!

A friend sent me this in iChat:

[Mary Bono] benefits financially whenever [“I Got You Babe” is] played on the radio, used in a commercial, bought on a CD, downloaded from iTunes, shown in a movie like “Groundhog Day”, played on the muzak at an Old Navy store, covered “ironically” by a punk band, sold as sheet music to a beginning pianist, …

May I Nominate Mary Bono For “Jackass Of The Week”? — Thought Palace

Note the bold part. This intrigued me so I opened iTunes and ran a search for “I Got You Babe” and it was the funniest set of results ever. Great covers include those by The Dictators, Etta James, and Gay and Gabe. Tiny Tim chimes in with his freakish cover, too.

There’s even a bluegrassy version and check out this bit of random.

The Best iTunes Store Search EVAH!

Update: I just heard the UB40 version on the radio. How bizarre.

Written by Jeff

Sunday, March 4, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Posted in Entertainment, iTunes, Music