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Wake to chosen iTunes music on machine power-up Apps
I love to wake up to music in the mornings! One day while scheduling my startup in system prefs, I got an idea. If you can open any app at startup, why not a music file?

So I went to my iTunes music folder and dragged an mp3 file to the startup window. Scheduled a startup, and then shutdown my Mac. Upon startup, my Mac opened iTunes playing the song I specified! It opens in the library and continues to play after finishing the specified song; turn off shuffle if you want to continue playing the same album.

Since it won't play from a playlist, I had to find a workaround. I made a "morning" playlist of songs I wanted to hear and then encoded another version of each song, which I then made another playlist with. Then I changed the artist of all songs to "iTunes Alarm." Now when computer starts, it plays from the beginning of "iTunes Alarm" songs. You must have shuffle off to play the songs in order.

[robg adds: There are some additional hints on using iTunes as an alarm clock, but this seems like the simplest method if you shut down your machine every night.]
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Wake to chosen iTunes music on machine power-up
Authored by: 153957 on Apr 26, '04 06:11:55PM

Instead of editing the ID3 tags, you could just un select every other tune in your library:
-Cmd+click on a check box in front of a some in your library
-find the songs you want to hear
-re-check those

it then only plays those selected.

thanks for this hint!

153957 - TheNumberMan - MacFreak

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Wake to chosen iTunes music on machine power-up
Authored by: ewelch on Apr 27, '04 12:25:07AM

I have an even easier way. I found a little program called iBeeZze. ( It can start our Mac, or wake it up, and any time, and well as force scheduled sleep. It will run programs and start iTunes and play any playlist that you want.

I would hate to be without it now. Combine it with Applescript and QuicKeys and it's a very powerful tool for automating anything. I use it to fire up WMP and Audio Hijack to record A Prairie Home Companion on NPR and then add the recording automatically to iTunes. Next time I sync my iPod, the audio program is there and I never have to worry about my Mac not being ready.


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