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  1. Geoffrey Armstrong

    iTunes - HQPlayer front-end re-visited

    Hi All, I decided to completely re-write my iTunes to HQPlayer front end. The new version is attached. The interface for choosing preferences is now based on Obj-C. This has allowed me to present all prefs in a single window. Once your prefs are set you can choose to not show these prefs again. If you do that the only way to get them back will be to delete the .plist file in your ~Library/iTunes/Scripts folder. This feature was suggested by Carl for headless server operation. Thanks Carl and thanks also for your testing and feedback during this development. In case any of you are still using the old version, you will need to delete the .plist file produced by that version before using this one. All required files are now bundled with the single app, apart from that .plist file which must be produced by the app. The creation of temp files is now optional, if your files are in a format, such as '.aif' which is supported by HQPlayer. I haven't got around to revising the manual yet. Hopefully though it's fairly self explanatory and you'll all be able to figure it out. Geoff iTunes - HQPlayer Server.app.zip
  2. Apple released 12.6.5 for those who use iTunes to update iOS. I can't vouch for it, but it's available here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208079
  3. Hi folks! First of all sorry for my English....I'm Italian, and I'll do my best to explain properly my problem. My iPod classic just died after many years I was using it, so I decided to upgrade my experience and buy a new music player, choosing a Fiio X3 Mark III F. I still not have this device in my hands, so I still don't know the way to add music in it.... My problem is my previous library: I used to synchronize my old iPod through iTunes, and I've organized all my songs by Artist, Album, Genre, etc.... I assume that, if I simply will use the songs in the iTunes media folder, I'll loose all these metadata (artist, album, genre, track number, reproductions, etc....) How can I reach the point to have the same songs organization on my new device? Or a new library that works out of iTunes with the same metadata for each song? I hope that is clear enough...again sorry for my English! Cheers, Fabio
  4. Hi I listen to a lot of classical music. Especially opera. Is it possible to tell Siri to resume a specific album, like Mozarts Don Gionvanni, after I have stopped playing and even played something else in between? I hope my question makes sense.
  5. I would like to continue using iTunes. And I'm undecided between using A+ in iTunes-integrated mode (but how bad is the skin? Is it possible change it?) Or BitPerfect .. what do you recommend? My setup is Macbook Pro, Dragonfly Red and He-400i. I'm testing A+ and I noticed that the sound is already much clearer and fuller, with more fat volumes, even without using the DAC.
  6. I digitized my music library many years ago and have invested a ton of time and cash to this hobby. But all these years later I find myself at wits' end to find a music library solution that fulfills the promise of digital music. There doesn't seem to be a viable option that lets me: easily store, add and manage music files (including rating songs, editing metadata and creating playlists) integrate my library with a streaming service so that as I add new streaming music it can be integrated with existing library (ratings, metadata, playlists) easily playback my integrated library. I've used Roon for a couple of years - but the metadata/ratings/playlist library management capability is just not there to integrate my library with Tidal. Right now I'm back to where I was several years ago, using iTunes/Apple Music on a Mac mini as the source, managing (integrating) the library remotely from a MacBook Pro and feeding it to a mid-fi system that includes an Arcam A38 integrated, irDAC, Sonore microRendu and KEF LS50 standmounts. This option has forced a compromise in both sound quality and playback (the iOS Remote app is just terrible). So much here on CA is focused on gear and SQ, but I've never read much about library management. Playing an album at a time is fine, but shouldn't we be able to take advantage of database capabilities to easily rate, sort and group music from two sources? I'd be very curious to hear what others are doing...
  7. I recently upgraded to iTunes 12.7 and I was pleasantly surprised that many of my artists photos were no longer the default microphone. This has always been an irritation to me. But several prominent artists were still left out. So I began scrubbing through my list trying to figure if there was any rhyme or reason behind the lack of a photo. As it turns out, iTunes is very very picky about the artist name..... For example changing "Traveling Wilburys" to "The Traveling Wilbuys" did the trick. Here are some others that I found. I love the fact that you need a metal umlaut for Blue Öyster Cult.... Blue Oyster Cult > Blue Öyster Cult Pink > P!NK Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds > Noel Gallagher Traveling Wilburys > The Traveling Wilbuys Florence & The Machine > Florance + The Machine It still does not explain where there are no official photos for Adam Ant, Badfinger, Pavement, Sebadoh, Tears for Fears, Traffic, Bob Weir, Temple of the Dog, etc. Really wish iTunes would fall back on album art. -- Byan
  8. I am finding my system for managing and playing music too complicated. I have my library on an external drive connected to a Mac mini so that I can manage the music using iTunes - playlists, ratings etc. But I play the music on Roon. The Mac is connected to a microRendu then to an Arcam iRDAC/A38 Amp and out to KEF LS50s. It seems to me that thus far Roon is not the best place to be doing the management. I’d like a solution like a NAS or Rock or something else that connects directly to my DAC/Amp but still lets me work with my files easily (like iTunes). Any ideas?
  9. I'm running iTunes 12.7.2 on OS 10.11.6 in a MacBook Pro, and I keep my 8 iTunes libraries in a NAS. There's no connection to the internet in this network. Yesterday as I was importing some ripped CD files into the library and initially the files were copied into a library that was not active at that moment. I then quit and restarted iTunes and after re-importing the files some of the songs were placed inside "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media" in folders with the name of the CD and other tracks from the same CD were placed in folders with the name of the CD in the right "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media/Music" folder. I tried to re-import the misplaced files into "/Volumes/MUSIC/Classical, Romantic & Modern/iTunes Media/Music" but was not successful. What's going on here? Has "post Steve Jobs" Apple lost the plot? I've ended up moving the "Music" folder into "/Volumes/MUSIC", deleted the "Classical, Romantic & Modern" library folder and created a new one into which I am importing everything back. It takes ages. I have been trying out the "iTunes - HQPlayer" and the "Proper English Title Capitalization v3.6" scripts but I doubt this was the cause of such a mess... "iTunes - HQPlayer" doesn't work properly so I have removed it from the "Scripts" folder. Has anyone had something similar happen to them?
  10. iCloud has "lost" approx. 7,000 of my 15,800 iTunes items. Apple Support is telling me I should have kept a backup copy somewhere else; only resolution is to manually re-enter the items myself. That's beyond disheartening in many ways. Has this happened to others? Does anyone know of possible solution? iTunes 12.7.2 on MacOS High Sierra (10.13.2)
  11. I use iTunes on my PC which runs Windows 10. My questions have to do with the settings under the Playback tab under Preferences. I know that under the General Tab, I can import CDs using settings such as Apple Lossless Encoder, MP3, and AAC. My questions are: 1. Do the audio settings under the Playback tab just alter sound while the audio track is playing and not alter the audio file itself or its properties? 2. If I make audio adjustments under the Playback tab, will that impact the audio properties or sound quality of audio tracks or their import settings as they are ripped from my CDs or will they permanently alter the audio properties (bit-rate, sample-rate, hertz, etc.) or sound quality of my music files already stored on my computer? I am asking these questions because I intend to put my audio CDs into storage at my local storage unit (which is climate controlled) after I have ripped them to ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Compression). I want to retain and protect the original sound quality from the CDs both so I can create lossy copies from the original source for iPhone and iPad while traveling and so I do not have to dig out the CDs again to regain the original sound quality. Thanks.
  12. My main music library is mostly FLAC, but I like to have AAC copies in iTunes. I found an automatic and free utility to do this, which although not updated in a long time, works fine with High Sierra and iTunes 12. https://github.com/cbguder/FLAC2iTunes
  13. Andreas L

    Delete download

    How do I delete a download once it has been uploaded to the cloud (I use iTunes Match) in iTunes 12.7 on MacOS High Sierra? Just to be clear. I just acquired Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP and I only want it to be stored in iTunes Match and not on my Mac. There used to be a button called "Remove download", but it has disappeared. Thanks for your help
  14. Roosterhound

    Itunes Static

    Hi All, Just recently unpacked my audio system NAD T748 rciever, Onkyo disc player, Paradigm book shelf and Kipsch sub. I had shelved the syetem for a few years due to work and lack of space etc. Just basically listened to on-line music through headphones etc. Anyhow, I'm using a Lenovo Laptop think pad for my I-Tunes library. Seems to be working well but I get intermittent static/clicking only lasts 2-5 seconds and has no set pattern. Any ideas how to clear this up? HDMI is high quality and all other cables are top notch. Thanks
  15. Hi, Is anyone using the (new) iTunes Work/Movement fields? I looks like an improvement but I don't want to start re-tagging some 5K+ tracks to find out that it isn't really that useful... I see that Doug has two scripts that help out a bit but still require a lot of manual intervention: http://dougscripts.com/itunes/2016/08/a-couple-of-work-and-movement-scripts/ Cheers, Ricardo
  16. 17,1 iMac, 10.12.6, iTunes 12.6.2, I have two audio short stories (1+4 or 5 audio files). Both are written by Ernest Hemingway. Both are read by different readers. They were originally audio files, and have been converted to M4A ACC iTunes files. Author, Composer, are the same. Genre is Audiobook. Media Kind is Audiobook. The only things different are the Chapter titles, and the Title of the two stories. I cannot get them to SORT together, in iTunes GRID mode. I have defined both as Audiobooks, both are SORT: Hemingway, Ernest. I try to sort all audiobooks by the author's last name. Most audiobooks sort, but I cannot get the story made of 4 files to sort w other Hemingway audiobook. I have a lot of audiobooks, and all of them sort by author, except one. Quitting iTunes and rebooting has not corrected the database. Is there any other way to refresh iTunes so they will sort correctly by author? Or have I left something out? I don't want to trash the xlt file as I will lose my Dates Added.
  17. Hi all, I haven't posted since this forum moved so hello again! I'm hosting a barbecue on Saturday that is likely to go on well into the night, so I have compiled a playlist of approximately 10 hours of music. I want to make sure that if I need to stop the playback and start it again, I don't want to hear the same tracks already played recently. In conclusion, I'd like to create a Smart Playlist that will only show songs that haven't been played in the last 6 hours. Unfortunately, the "Last Played not in the last" shortest option is 1 day. I considered the "Limit to XX items selected by least recently played" option, however that will mean the music will be skewed towards music I haven't listened to for the longest, which is not what I want, because that ends up grouping lots of a similar artist together and it won't feel very random. I tried entering a fraction for number of days, but it doesn't allow that. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could get this to work? Thanks!
  18. Greetings, I have my music files on an external hard drive and it is exhibiting worrisome signs of age (it's seven years old, getting close to capacity, getting unable to find songs, slow response time, etc) so I am going to replace it with a new, larger one (going from 1TB to 2TB, I have around 800gb of music). I thought about just trying to rebuild the .itl file but I think it's probably best just to replace the thing. My music set-up is: Macbook Pro (2015, Sierra 10.12.5) running latest iTunes (, the iTunes library files like .itl and .xml are located on this Macbook ~~wifi ~~Airport Extreme (also 2015) __USB__external hard drive with music files. (The Macbook Pro connects to my home theater/stereo receiver for playback via HDMI and optical). I have a backup of the external drive and will soon make an additional copy when I get the new drive. So...I would welcome any guidance, ahead of time, on how to do the swap. I have read things like "just point iTunes at the new drive and you're good to go". Being paranoid and not that confident with concepts like "pointing iTunes", I could use some more detailed hand-holding. Do I leave the itl and xml files where they are, as they are? Do I need to make sure the folder/file path to the music on the new drive is exactly the same as on the old one? Any assistance here is truly appreciated. I've seen too many stories of either lost music or duplicated music. (Oh yeah, I don't use the Cloud or Apple Music.) Tim
  19. I've used the iTunes artwork screensaver on my Macs of years and I think it's great, except I've had the same couple of dozen album covers for a looooong time now. How can I have it fetch more? I assume it caches a certain amount of jpegs, but I don't see a way to refresh. Maybe there's a cache file somewhere, or a folder that I don't know about. Any ideas?
  20. I’m trying to use "Shuffle By Grouping" for the first time and I can’t make it work at all. I want to shuffle a playlist so that all songs in the playlist with the same title play together, even from different artists and albums. For instance I want to hear the song "Something" by The Beatles, and Peggy Lee’s cover of that song together. Then I want to randomly jump to another Grouping of songs with the same title, say, St. Louis Blues, and play all of them, and so on. Sort of like Album shuffling if each Album had the same song by different Artists. What I tried: 1 - made a standard playlist called "Originals/Covers". 2 - dragged all the songs that I have versions of by different Artists into "Originals/Covers". 3 - sorted the playlist by Name so all the same Titles are together. 4 - arranged the columns so that the Name and Groupings columns are next to each other. 5 - Made sure all the Grouping fields were empty. 6 - copied the Name Field over to Groupings for each song using one of Doug’s Applescripts. 7 - verified that all the Grouping text was the same for each grouping. What this looks like: NAME----------------------GROUPING---------------------ARTIST Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Adderley, Cannonball Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Arthur Lyman Group Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------Dorsey, Jimmy Love For Sale---------------Love For Sale------------------London, Julie Love Potion #9-------------Love Potion Number Nine---The Coasters Love Potion Number 9----Love Potion Number Nine---The Clovers 8 - set Shuffle to "ON" and "By Grouping" via the Control Menu. 9 - clicked the "crossed arrows" Shuffle button. What happens: A random song plays, but instead of playing the rest of the songs in that grouping iTunes selects another random song. Up Next looks like the songs are shuffled by Song, not Grouping. I’m using 12.3.2 on 10.11.3. So what is wrong here? Thanks in advance.
  21. Hi, Kirk & Company! I’ve done some snooping on various forums about an issue I’m experiencing with iTunes that I have not had issues with before... With the latest update of iTunes, there is ENORMOUS inconsistency with the availability of the “Go to Artist” and “Go to Album” actions in the “Song” menu. By “enormous inconsistency with the availability” I mean that it is almost always unavailable with no apparent reason. Because I am a “keyboard” person, I find it efficient to create keystrokes in Keyboard Maestro for different menu actions in different apps. I created shortcuts for “Go to Artist” and “Go to Album” in iTunes, but they no longer work because those options aren’t available for the majority of songs—despite the fact that most songs are from artists/albums with more than one song in my library. I would understand the lack of availability for these functions for tracks that have no other connections, but not with other songs. There is also no rhyme or reason in regards to compilation status or album artist settings. I know it is not an issue with Keyboard Maestro, because “Go to Artist” or “Go to Album” don’t show up as options when I go to access them in the menu (either “Song” or the right-click drop down menu). This is madness! Please help! Am I missing something? This seems like a really basic (and easy) feature to retain from version to version!!!
  22. hi Similar to something you recently commented on, I like using Apple Music but then buying the cd and ripping lossless onto my home server (I also have iTunes Match). Now the problem is that when I have added the music via Apple Music to iOS or iTunes AND then subsequently rip the CD lossless to my server I end up having problems. I rather do this as I don't wish to lose play count data. Usually what happens is the following: if in iTunes or iOS I have added the album to my library; I typically have downloaded the album to my iOS device but not downloaded the album in iTunes; in iTunes it naturally affiliates such tracks as being in the cloud and matches the tracks as Apple Music; If I then rip the cd (ensuring to match the track details identically) what then happens is that I have two identical items for each track in the album... one the Apple lossless rip and one Apple Music; I then ask iTunes to update the iCloud library; When this process finishes I usually have 1 item in the album per track but the problem is that when I look at the details of the track it shows it is apple lossless and shows the location of the file on my hard drive BUT still references the track as Apple Music. SO FRUSTRATING. Hoping you can help. MM
  23. Hello Acquired a 2nd gen X3 - happy with it in general - but - I think I have a problem of my own making and having a hard time coming up with a solution 1) In order to overcome itunes limitations with Classical music, came up with a naming/tagging scheme of my own - Worked well with my ipod - allowed me to organize music by composer, also identifying each track/movement etc... 2) However, ended up with pretty long directory and file names - ipod/itunes seems to handle it. 3) When copying those files to the X3 storage, problems start - long directory and/or filenames causes the X3 to lock or not play the file. Problem goes away as soon as file is shortened Short of tackling a massive renaming project of almost 2TB of music, want to ask the group if any ideas come to mind on how to deal with this. Used both Dapper and rsync to copy files - both over USB and straight into the SD card (mounted on Mac OS X) - Dapper did some special character substitution, but problem still remained Very general/open question I know - but I am at my wit's end... 1) Any X3 related tweaks I can try? Tried formatting the SD card as NTFS, but the X3 locked constantly - Any other? 2) Any software to automatically truncate will copying? 3) Any other techniques you know? 4) Most importantly, is my naming scheme stupid? :-( Thanks in advance for your kind help... v
  24. Hi, I have a song that I recorded, which I converted from a WAV file to an ALAC file using iTunes. The song plays on iTunes on my Macbook Pro with no problems, whether I play it directly through iTunes or using Audirvana Plus or BitPerfect through my HeadRoom Portable Desktop Amp (PDA). However, when I transfer the ALAC file to either of my two iPod Classics, there are audible clicking and popping sounds present throughout the track. I have rebooted both iPods and their software is up to date. My iTunes software is also up to date. Please note, I am using the same headphones (Denon AH-D5000 for iTunes and iPod playback. The crackling and popping noises occur when I use the headphone jacks on the iPods or when I use my Onkyo ND-S1 dock through my HeadRoom PDA, so this is not a connection problem. I have reconvereted the WAV file to an ALAC file twice using iTunes; the track still plays correctly on my Macbook through iTunes, but the track is still crackling and popping when I put it on my iPod. If I convert the wav file to an AIFF file, it does not pop or click on either iTunes or my iPods. This does not seem logical. There must be an error occuring when iTunes transfers the ALAC track to my iPods; however, I have >7000 ALAC tracks dispersed over 3 iPods and this is the first instance of this error. In summary: WAV to ALAC: clicking and popping on two iPod Classics but not on iTunes. WAV to AIFF: no clicking on iPods or on iTunes. Here is another interesting twist based on a test that I did. If I convert the AIFF file that I made in iTunes from the WAV file to an ALAC file using the program Max rather than iTunes, there are no clicking and popping sounds when I play the Max-created ALAC file with iTunes or on my iPod Classics. I transferred the ALAC file that I made in Max to my IPod using iTunes. This means that iTunes is somehow converting the WAV file to an ALAC file that exhibits no errors when played back with iTunes, but that does exhibit errors when played on either of my iPod Classics. It seems that I've solved this problem. Convert the WAV file to an AIFF file in iTunes and then convert the AIFF file to an ALAC file using Max, but I should be able to convert the wav file directly to an ALAC file in iTunes. Has anyone else had a similar problem? Thanks, Heath
  25. This is my first post here so please bear with me. I have just upgraded my rather elderly iMac G5 with a new MacBook Pro. While I am very computer literate and an audiophile, I have a frustrating problem with iTunes. I imported my iTunes library from a backup disc - the G5 had expired - and while all my iTunes purchased music was fine, all my imported CDs lost the track, album name, artist and cover art data. I had ripped the CDs as full WAV files for quality rather than compressing them. iTunes says I need to reimport the CDs as they weren't imported by iTunes. They were. Fortunately, I haven't really used iTunes much so there are only about a dozen CDs that I would have to reimport. But that's about to change as I plan to buy an asynchronous link for my DAC, rip all my CDs and use my new laptop as a music server to my main system. So I am rather hoping to avoid having this problem again in the future. Of course, it may be that Apple would rather I buy all my music from them to ensure future compatibility. I hope not. Any advice would be much appreciated.