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Search iTunes Music Store via LaunchBar Apps

In the comments to this hint and others, the protocol for an iTunes Music Store search is listed. These protocols will open iTunes and take you directly to the search results page. This works great as a search template in Launchbar 4, and I assume also in QuickSilver and Butler (I haven't tried those). You can only search with a single search term (you can't search for artist and album at the same time, for example), but you can make different templates for artist search, album search, etc., as well as a generic search.

Here's how they should look in LaunchBar:

Generic Search

  itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?term=*
Advanced Searches
 itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?songTerm=*
 itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?artistTerm=*
 itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?albumTerm=*
 itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?composerTerm=*
[robg adds: I'm not sure about QuickSilver, but for Butler, just create new search engines (in the Engines section), and put everything except the * into the Address field for each search. Then go to Configuration and add a new Smart Item: Web Search, pointing to whichever search you want to use and assign it a hotkey.]
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Search iTunes Music Store via LaunchBar
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Apr 28, '04 11:36:15AM
This also works in Sogudi* to launch iTunes with a search of the iTMS. Just place the following as a Sogudi shortcut for
'itms' itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/search?term=@@@
* Another possible Pick O' The Week... http://www.atamadison.com/w/kitzkikz.php?page=Sogudi Enjoy!
 
p.s. Shouldn't Geeklog automagically put a
right here?

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[OT] Geeklog 'signature' comment (sorry! ;-)
Authored by: the_webmaestro on Apr 28, '04 11:38:43AM

Heh! It looks like it did place a <br /> there, but it didn't show up in the PREVIEW. As Emily Litella would say... 'Never mind!'

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Search iTunes Music Store via LaunchBar
Authored by: MightyB on Apr 28, '04 11:42:40AM

You can actually search for song and artist at the same time:

itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?songTerm=*&artistTerm=*

Replace * with song title and artist. Use "+" for space

i.e.
itms://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/advancedSearchResults?songTerm=all+my+life&artistTerm=foo+fighters



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An Even Easier Way To Search iTunes Music Store via LaunchBar
Authored by: Dennis Groves on Apr 28, '04 04:14:15PM
If you happen to be using the latest Launchbar (beta 3) and that would seem quite likely if you have search templates. ;-) If you can bring up the iTunes application via you favorite keystrokes and press the space bar - you can now search the iTunes music store directly (as it were); so the template is really unnecessary.

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An Even Easier Way To Search iTunes Music Store via LaunchBar
Authored by: stokini on Apr 28, '04 06:36:43PM

Wow! I'd totally missed that one. That's very cool.



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