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Gadgets 11

Published on December 12th, 2005 | by Greg

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iTunes Tweaks, Tips + Contest!

iTunes is a great, free music player from Apple- but it is missing a couple of features that would be helpful. For instance, it lacks the ability to automatically remove duplicate tracks, and in a large music library, you are bound to have quite a few of those. Fortunately, for MacOSX users at least, there are quite a few Applescript programs that you can use to add functions. Check out the library, and especially this script which allows you to eliminate duplicate files.

OK, so it doesn’t work for Microsoft users. But, there is another hole in iTunes (the ability to automatically remove “dead” or missing files) that thankfully does have a PC solution out there. Check out the helpful idleTunes program, a small free utility that allows you to do a few cool things: find artwork for your albums, easily copy playlists to any MP3 device, and export playlists, in addition to the “remove dead tracks” checkbox. It can take a while, but works great- we tested it with the latest version of iTunes, 6.0.1.3.

Finally, iTunes doesn’t have near the number of plugins as some other players (say, Winamp), but it does have this new feature, a way to answer the question “What sort of music do you like?” Jason Freeman has created a method for using the iTunes library to make a short song sampled from your favorite/most played tracks. It’s called the Signature Maker and it works great! We’ve decided to post ours here, and hold a contest- the person who recognizes the most tracks from our signature file and emails us at admin at trulyobscure dot com- will win $10 via paypal! You must guess a track (artist and title), and incorrect answers will not count against you. Good luck, and check out our signature file here .


About the Author

Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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