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Doctor Q
Oct 31, 2008, 09:52 PM
I want to copy some of the music files from my iTunes library and I want to identify the songs to be copied using an iTunes playlist. For example, I create a smart playlist forKind=Protected AAC Audio File AND Date Added is after 6/30/08
and now I want to copy those .m4p files to another disk as a backup.

I'm not talking about backing up the information in the playlist itself (here are instructions (http://support.apple.com/kb/TA47831) for that). I'm talking about copying the real music files that correspond to the playlist.

Is there a script, Automator action, application, or other way to do this?

Blue Velvet
Oct 31, 2008, 09:55 PM
You can select the tracks in an iTunes window/playlist and drag and drop them from that window, thereby copying them, to the desktop or another drive. :)

Doctor Q
Oct 31, 2008, 10:17 PM
Is that something I can script or automate? I'm thinking of using this kind of scheme for music backups or for shuttling my music to other authorized machines in groups.

Dragging by hand is a good second choice if I can't automate it for a particular playlist name and destination location.

Blue Velvet
Oct 31, 2008, 10:25 PM
Oh, I thought it was just for a one-off event.

This script (http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=backuppurchased) from Doug does something similar, maybe it could be modified for a particular type of playlist, or perhaps there's something else on his site that could do the job.

There are tons of scripts there; check the categories on the left-hand navigation bar. I've used some of his scripts for managing lossless files and libraries before.

Unfortunately, that's the limit of my knowledge. :o

Doctor Q
Oct 31, 2008, 10:38 PM
My question was really about both cases. Thanks, Blue Velvet. I'll look around there.

My favorite of Doug's apps has always been the iTunes Music Store Player (http://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=itunesmsp).