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  1. An interesting aside: Music's AppleScript API does not recognize a source as being iPod (any iPod or iOS device) as iTunes did. Thus, AppleScript cannot access track and playlist information on a device via the Music app.
  2. While you're still a subscriber, couldn't you just turn off iCloud Music Library and Disable Apple Music? Doing so may give you an idea of what will happen when you actually cut the cord.
  3. Like Kirk, I use Apple Music to find music I already know, or to recreationally go down the rabbit hole of recommendations. I still find new music the old-fashioned way: reading magazines/publications, friends' recommendations, radio, chance encounters, and so on. I do not care for Spotify. I recently subscribed to Amazon Music Unlimited--except for the music selection, which is about the same as everywhere else, I'm afraid its features are _quite_ limited. I follow bands and artists I like on Twitter. That's the most immediate way I've found for staying, uhm, "Connected". Since Apple's acquisition of Shazam, I have been using "Hey Siri, what song is this" more frequently also. That will enable you to add music found in the wild to your library.
  4. I dunno. A possible factor: when new playlists are created, they take on the characteristics of the "Songs" View of the main Music library. So, if, say "Songs" is sorted by Date Added then the new playlist will be sorted accordingly. Ultimately, who cares? Just make sure your playlists are sorted the way you want them and then Copy to Play Order. When iTunes sorts by Album, it is actually sorting by Album Name -> Disc Number -> Track Number. It doesn't somehow "know" what the actual album order is
  5. After creating the playlist, put it in Songs View. Select the furthest left column (the Play Order column) and then drag-arrange the tracks the way you like OR sort by the Album or Track Number or Disc Number column. Then, Right-Click on the name of the playlist in the sidebar and click "Copy to Play Order".
  6. Try my app M3Unify. It can copy files from iTunes to a USB stick (for example) named and arranged the way you like. There is a demonstration video also at that link that describes how it works.
  7. Better to burn out 'cause rust never sleeps, amirite?
  8. Of course, I see. I was just wondering if you needed to access the files for some purpose other than to play them (by whatever means). For the rare times I actually need access to the files, I do it through iTunes, either with "Show In Finder" or just dragging tracks out of iTunes elsewhere, and so on.
  9. Why do you care where the files are located?
  10. I wrote a script awhile back that runs as a Login Item to mount the server at launch and check that it is actually mounted *before* launching iTunes: https://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=launchatlogin After telling iTunes where you want the new library to be in Preferences... > Advanced, run Consolidate, (File > Library > Organize Library... > Consolidate files). This command moves all the files of the track entries in iTunes to the new iTunes Media location.
  11. Yep, that's not a bad idea. And, once you've reverted back to your original library and have extricated the "iTunes Media/Music/" folder from the just-created library, dispose of the other completely unnecessary support files/folders that iTunes will have also created.
  12. That's good that there doesn't appear to be issues copying files. I wonder what the initial issue was? I don't have anything for sorting files after copying. That's something to think about, I suppose (this is the sort of thing where the Venn Diagram of audiophiles and DJs has a nice chunk of real estate). But I wouldn't be surprised if such a thing is already available. I'm just not aware of it.
  13. The way you are doing it now should work, no matter how many files you want to copy. It's virtually the same as copying files in the Finder. (You are dragging a pasteboard to a Finder location; the pasteboard contains file paths; the Finder interprets the drag as a copy operation.) The observation that only 50-60 files make it before the activity is balled-up could indicate a file/file system-related issue. Is it possible that the target drive is having trouble accepting so many files at once? Is it possible there are any dead tracks? You may want to try "Export Files From Playlists": https://dougscripts.com/520 But my guess is that a third-party process will run into the same issues you are seeing with your current method. Perhaps not, but I think it likely.
  14. "Remove Download" appears at the top of contextual menu when you select the tracks and right-click
  15. Adding a QuickLook generator for FLAC was a piece of cake. But don't count on FLAC support coming to iTunes. The time for adding new file format support is long past.
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