97 Producing Summary Listings of iTunes Libraries


#97 Producing Summary Listings of iTunes Libraries

If you've used the excellent Mac OS X application iTunes for any length of time, you're sure to have a massive playlist of CDs that you've scanned, downloaded, swapped, or what-have-you. Unfortunately, for all its wonderful capabilities, iTunes doesn't have an easy way to export a list of your music in a succinct and easy-to-read format. Fortunately, it's not hard to write a script to offer this functionality.

The Code

 #!/bin/sh # itunelist - Lists your iTunes library in a succinct and attractive #   manner, suitable for sharing with others, or for #   synchronizing (with diff) iTune libraries on different #   computers and laptops. itunehome="$HOME/Music/iTunes" ituneconfig="$itunehome/iTunes Music Library.xml" musiclib="/$(grep '>Music Folder<' "$ituneconfig"  cut -d/ -f5-  \    cut -d\< -f1  sed 's/%20/ /g')" echo "Your music library is at $musiclib" if [ ! -d "$musiclib" ] ; then   echo " 
 #!/bin/sh # itunelist - Lists your iTunes library in a succinct and attractive # manner, suitable for sharing with others, or for # synchronizing (with diff) iTune libraries on different # computers and laptops. itunehome="$HOME/Music/iTunes" ituneconfig="$itunehome/iTunes Music Library.xml" musiclib="/$(grep '>Music Folder<' "$ituneconfig"  cut -d/ -f5-  \ cut -d\< -f1  sed 's/%20/ /g')" echo "Your music library is at $musiclib" if [ ! -d "$musiclib" ] ; then echo "$0: Confused: Music library $musiclib isn't a directory?" >&2 exit 1 fi exec find "$musiclib" -type d -mindepth 2 -maxdepth 2 \! - name '.*' -print  sed "s$musiclib/" 
: Confused: Music library $musiclib isn't a directory?" >&2 exit 1 fi exec find "$musiclib" -type d -mindepth 2 -maxdepth 2 \! -name '.*' -print sed "s$musiclib/"

How It Works

Like many modern computer applications, iTunes expects its music library to be in a standard location ” in this case ~/Music/iTunes Music Library/iTunes Library/ ” but allows you to move it elsewhere if desired. The script needs to be able to ascertain the different location, and that's done by extracting the Music Folder field value from the iTunes preferences file. That's what this pipe accomplishes:

 musiclib="/$(grep '>Music Folder<' "$ituneconfig"  cut -d/ -f5-  \    cut -d\< -f1  sed 's/%20/ /g')" 

The preferences file ( $ituneconfig ) is an XML data file, so it's necessary to do some chopping to identify the exact Music Folder field value. Here's what the Music Folder value in my own iTunes config file looks like:

 file://localhost/Volumes/110GB/iTunes%20Library/ 

The Music Folder value is actually stored as a fully qualified URL, interestingly enough, so we need to chop off the file://localhost/ prefix, which is the job of the first cut command. Finally, because many directories in Mac OS X include spaces, and because the Music Folder field is saved as a URL, all spaces in that field are mapped to %20 sequences and have to be restored to spaces by the sed invocation before proceeding.

With the Music Folder name determined, it's now easy to generate music lists on two Macintosh systems (or even an iPod!) and then use the diff command to compare them, making it a breeze to see which albums are unique to one or the other system and perhaps to sync them up.

Running the Script

There are no command arguments or flags to this script.

The Results

 $  itunelist  head  Your music library is at /Volumes/110GB/iTunes Library/ Acoustic Alchemy/Blue Chip Acoustic Alchemy/Red Dust & Spanish Lace Acoustic Alchemy/Reference Point Adrian Legg/Mrs. Crowe's Blue Waltz Al Jarreau/Heaven And Earth Alan Parsons Project/Best Of The Alan Parsons Project Alan Parsons Project/Eve Alan Parsons Project/Eye In The Sky Alan Parsons Project/I Robot 

Hacking the Script

All right, this isn't about hacking the script per se, but because the iTunes library directory is saved as a fully qualified URL, it would be most interesting to experiment with having a web-accessible iTunes directory and then using the URL of that directory as the Music Folder value in the XML file....




Wicked Cool Shell Scripts. 101 Scripts for Linux, Mac OS X, and Unix Systems
Wicked Cool Shell Scripts
ISBN: 1593270127
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 150
Authors: Dave Taylor

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