Creating a text file that includes all Artists - Albums from iTunes?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jive, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. jive macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    Any app that exists that will do this? Or Automater script etc?
     
  2. ricksbrain macrumors regular

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    Isn't this what the export function in iTunes is for?
     
  3. Osarkon macrumors 68020

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    The export function does it in a very messy way, it shows the full directory for every single song and you can't really use it to view all your artists. I was wondering about this as well, I can't see the point of the export function:confused:
     
  4. damien341 macrumors member

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    i'm in the same boat. the export function is crappy. i would like to see more database functions, sortings, listings, statistics...
     
  5. bankshot macrumors 65816

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    If you don't mind having all the song names, you could do this:
    • Make a playlist with everything in it
    • Edit view options (Cmd-J) and uncheck everything but Artist and Album
    • Select all (Cmd-A) and copy (Cmd-C)
    • Open TextEdit and paste (Cmd-V)

    If you music files are automatically organized by iTunes, here's one way to get only albums and artists (but it has some drawbacks):
    • Open Terminal
    • Change directories to your iTunes Music folder - if it's the default, then you'll type cd "Music/iTunes/iTunes Music" (quotes are important)
    • Type this command: find . -type d -maxdepth 2 -mindepth 2 > ~/Desktop/iTunes.txt

    This creates a file called iTunes.txt on your desktop, with all artists and albums. Artist and album are separated by the '/' character, and certain special characters in names will be replaced with '_' (underscore).
     
  6. sahnert macrumors 6502

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    not and ideal solution, but...
    if you choose File>Print in iTunes, you can print a list of albumsm sorted by artist. It will show the number of tracks on the album as well as the total playing time. You can print this to pdf and then select all of the text and copy it to a text-editor of your choice.
     
  7. bankshot macrumors 65816

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    Hey, that's pretty nifty. I never knew about it! :cool:
     

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