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I have been trying to find a way to access music in iTunes without adding it to the library for a while now. My library is perfectly organized, and I never like having to add random files that I might only listen to once or twice.

Today I ran accross this free program called MusicPublisher that lets you share a folder or an iPod to iTunes via DAAP (the iTunes sharing protocol). This works perfectly for playing files from my many music folders not stored on my iBook's hard drive, or for files I want to listen to once and then delete -- all from within iTunes. Everything is instantaneous, and memory and CPU usage are both very low.

[robg adds: I haven't tested this program, but I have been asked about such solutions before. My prior answer has been to either add, listen, delete in iTunes (a pain), or listen in the Finder (no playlists, etc...). This seems like a much better solution to the problem.]
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Access music in iTunes without adding to library
Authored by: CharlesV on Apr 13, '05 11:35:09AM

The only issue with this is that it appears you have to 'publish' the directory / disk / ipod for it to update the listings. It makes sense that it would, but it would be really nice to just have it look at my downloads directory and auto-share those mp3s i grab.



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Access music in iTunes without adding to library
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Apr 13, '05 12:06:39PM

I just whipped up this script which automatically re-shares your default folder whenever you download something.

You need to save it as a folder action and have UI Scripting enabled in assistive devices. It could be modified to detect file type I'm sure and it may also be possible to have it detect the path of the folder which it is attached to and automatically put it into MusicPublisher's settings. YMMV

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Access music in iTunes without adding to library
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Apr 13, '05 12:52:11PM

I've expanded the script so that it now will automatically tell MusicPublisher to publish the directory to which the script is attached. You can attach it to multiple folders and it will always share the most recent one you've moved a file to. It also hides the application.

Here's the new version.

on adding folder items to this_folder after receiving added_items
	set thePath to POSIX path of this_folder
	tell application "MusicPublisher"
		activate
	end tell
	tell application "System Events"
		tell process "MusicPublisher"
			if (exists of (button "Stop" of window 1)) is true then
				click button "Stop" of window 1
				delay 2
			end if
		end tell
		tell application "MusicPublisher" to quit
		delay 2
		do shell script ("defaults write org.tynsoe.musicpublisher source " & quoted form of thePath as string)
		tell application "MusicPublisher"
			activate
		end tell
		delay 2
		tell process "MusicPublisher"
			click button "Publish" of window 1
			set canHide to false
			repeat while canHide is false
				delay 2
				if exists (sheet 1 of window 1) is false then
					set canHide to true
				end if
			end repeat
			delay 2
		end tell
		set visible of process "MusicPublisher" to false
	end tell
end adding folder items to

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Access music in iTunes without adding to library
Authored by: Spiken on Apr 13, '05 11:58:42AM

If I just want to preview a track I drag it to QuickTime Player in the dock.



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Smart playlists to the rescue.
Authored by: pheed on Apr 13, '05 02:11:50PM
The fact that everything you EVER listen to in iTunes is added to your Library has always annoyed me. The first thing I do with a fresh installation of iTunes is uncheck the box in Advanced Preferences which copies the song into the Library Folder. If I listen to a file just for a laugh, I don't want a copy hanging out on my drive. Of course an entry for that file is still created in the Library list.

Which brings me to an epiphany I had not too long ago. I could filter the "junk" out of the Library by using Smart Playlists. Every song that I care about will ultimately get added to my iPod. So I decided to add the word "iPod" to the Grouping field in the ID tags of the songs. In my experience the Grouping field is almost never used in the real world.

So now I have a Smart Playlist that only includes songs with the word "iPod" in the Grouping field. Auto-sync of the iPod is now much easier and whenever I want to sit at my computer and listen to music (not junk), I just shuffle up the iPod playlist.

Since I've started using this feature I've become addicted to Smart Playlists. I have smart playlists for Comedy, Children's music and Christmas music among others. Eventually when I fill my iPod, I've already created an iPod Overflow list for that purpose.

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Smart playlists to the rescue.
Authored by: JonLaliberte on Apr 13, '05 03:22:58PM

On this note, I have done something somewhat similar. I have a bunch of music that I don't want played normally. So I created a normal playlist called "Songs that suck", then a smart playlist called "Good Library" which only has songs that aren't in the songs that suck playlist. Further I created a Good Library 0 Plays which only has songs I haven't listened to yet. I have that list selected in the party shuffle and using Keyboard Maestro I setup a key combo which runs an Applescript which moves the currently playing track to the "Songs that suck" playlist, then plays the next track. It's working out rather well and in a few weeks I should only have songs I like in the "Good Library".



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Smart playlists to the rescue.
Authored by: leenoble_uk on Apr 13, '05 03:52:00PM

I have a script in my iTunes menu which will allow me to quickly add keywords to any song or selection of songs.
Then I just have a bunch of smart playlists for each of the keywords. You can add as many keywords to the list as you like, I usually have a lot more than shown here:

tell application "iTunes"
	set theAddedCommentList to {"Rock", "Pop", "Folk", "Metal", "Punk", "Kitsch", "Comedic", "Guitar", "Piano", "Instrumental", "Upbeat", "RESET"}
	set these_tracks to the selection of browser window 1
	if these_tracks is {} then
		set this_track to current track
		set these_tracks to these_tracks & {this_track}
	end if
	set theComment to (choose from list theAddedCommentList with prompt ("Select a keyword to add. Current filters: "))
	repeat with the_track in these_tracks
		if theComment is not false then
			set newcomment to (comment of the_track) & " " & theComment
		else
			set newcomment to (comment of the_track)
		end if
		if theComment is "RESET" then
			set newcomment to ""
		end if
		set (comment of the_track) to newcomment
	end repeat
end tell

The script is fairly unrefined as I'm not sure the rest command works.

You should also check out this posting over at codepoetry which has a nice idea for organising your music.

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Smart playlists to the rescue.
Authored by: GalainHH on Apr 14, '05 03:56:17AM

Excellent. I recently switched from normal to smart Playlists and had to edit each song by hand. This Script is a great improvement for this.

Thank you

GalainHH



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Rob, just set the default to open with QT
Authored by: elmimmo on Apr 13, '05 06:42:54PM

I manually set what IMHO should be default in the OS. Select an MP3, go to File > Get File Info, go to the "Open with" section, select Quicktime and click the button reading "change all". Next time, double clicking an MP3 will open QT Player without having it added to the Library.

Do the same for any other sound format that might give you the same gripes (M4A, M4P, AIFF, WAV, etc).



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Same
Authored by: Dale Mox on Apr 14, '05 09:33:57AM

Same here. And I use VLC to read .m3u (playlist files), because quicktime can't handle it.

Dale



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Access music in iTunes without adding to library
Authored by: eggotrip on Apr 13, '05 10:22:24PM

Well I like having the ability to do that, but the primary purpose had already been filled for me with MP3 dock. <url>http://www.softwarium.com/mp3dock.html</url>

Its like when I used my PC version of iTunes I would use Winamp to sample songs. With this it doesn't have as intuitive of a playlist as winamp (if you actually wanted a playlist drag folders with alias of mp3's), but it serves its purpose a little better than the program here. Also, on the site is Air Whisper which is just a floating customizable version of mp3 dock. Both programs are a little less on system resources than itunes so for those who need all the cpu power they can get definately give it a shot.



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