Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Creating CD song lists from iTunes Apps
If you're burning CDs in iTunes and want to create printable song lists to slide into CD jewel cases, you'll find that the Advanced -> Export Song List menu item doesn't generate anything usable without massive editing. There are two ways to get usable text files out of iTunes for this purpose.

1) The Easy Way.
This seems obvious in retrospect, but I didn't notice it was possible until I had already gotten it solved the hard way ;) Select your playlist in iTunes and use Edit -> View Options to enable only the fields you want exported to your text file (I usually keeps tons of fields visible, but don't need them for CD jackets). Now drag the column headers into whatever order you prefer. Hit Cmd-A to Select All, Cmd-C to copy. Go to BBEdit, Word, or other text app and paste. The pasted data will exactly mirror your visible fields and column orders. Format and print.

2) The Hard Way.
Before I realized there was an easy way to do this, I wrote to macosxhints reader njitkoff to see if there was an AppleScript solution for this. Within an hour, he sent me the following AppleScript, which exports a good default selection of fields to a text file. The nice thing about using the script method is that you can jimmy it to produce exactly the formatting you want, and you don't have to mess with your current arrangement of fields and column orders in iTunes.
tell application "iTunes" to set {theArtists, theNames, theTimes, theAlbums} 
to {artist, name, time, album} of every track of view of front window
set theFile to open for access (choose file name) with write permission
repeat with i from 1 to count theArtists
write ("" & item i of theArtists & " - " & (item i of theAlbums) & " - " &
(item i of theNames) & " (" & (item i of theTimes) & ")" & return) to theFile
end repeat
close access theFile
Take your pick of methods; they both work well!
  • Currently 3.00 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (2 votes cast)

Creating CD song lists from iTunes | 4 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Creating CD song lists from iTunes' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Another idea.
Authored by: chadders on Dec 14, '01 04:13:53AM

If you have Microsoft Excel the Exported song list from iTunes produces very nice neat columns within the spreadsheet, which are easily editable.

Just another idea, for those hat have it.

[ Reply to This | # ]
Another idea.
Authored by: bhines on Dec 14, '01 05:48:13AM

Exactly what i was going to suggest. Excel was made to deal with tab-delimited exports like this. No "massive editing" needed. Though copy-paste is definitely easier :)

[ Reply to This | # ]
iTunes Applescripts Website
Authored by: Buddha on Dec 14, '01 09:48:27AM

There is a great website called with not only a script that does this but dozens of others for iTunes and SoundJam as well...

[ Reply to This | # ]
Re: Creating CD song lists from iTunes
Authored by: chrispar on Dec 14, '01 03:36:09PM

Or go to and you'll see all the hard work has already been done for you!

[ Reply to This | # ]