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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5 Apps
In previous versions of iTunes, to check/uncheck multple selected songs, I would have to use the Enable|Disable Selected Tracks script (visible on this page) from Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes.

I just noticed today that if you right-click (or control-click) one or more tracks, within the context-sensitive menu is an option to Check Selection if the selected tracks are all disabled, Uncheck Selection if the selected tracks are all enabled, or both commands are displayed if the selection is not all checked (or all unchecked). Excellent!

[robg adds: I hadn't noticed this new choice on the contextual menu, and given how its behavior changes based on the status of the selection, I thought it was worth pointing out...]
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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 04, '05 07:59:25AM
Rob and I discussed this this morning. This feature has been available in iTunes since version 4.8, May 9, 2005.

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How do people use the "check" feature?
Authored by: Lectrick on Oct 04, '05 11:31:53AM

I never understood this feature.

If you have songs you don't want to hear (and therefore "uncheck"), why do you bother having them in your library? Or, why not set up a playlist excluding those? (or did I just answer my own question...)

I didn't understand the star system either (how "good" a song is seems to change constantly with the # of listens) until I assigned the following semantic meaning to each number of stars:

***** - Can play at a party, has timeless popular appeal, possibly too cheesy for regular listening
**** - I am in a minority of people who really like this song, but damn it, it is good
*** - Others say this song is good, but I have yet to check it out and have an opinion on it
** - (no meaning attributed yet)
* - There is a problem with the encoding of this song, its tag information, or it is scratchy or otherwise imperfect; fix it (this is how I indicate to my desktop from my iPod which tracks need to be looked at, since the rating synchronizes)

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How do people use the "check" feature?
Authored by: echo on Oct 04, '05 12:08:38PM

I use the uncheck feature to exclude things from importing to my ipod.



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How do people use the "check" feature?
Authored by: SeanAhern on Oct 05, '05 01:13:44PM

The problem with the "uncheck" is that it also prevents songs from being played in playlists and such. The only way you can play an unchecked song in iTunes itself is to directly choose the song.

I really wish Apple would provide a separate flag for "on iPod". Their checkbox serves a dual purpose, unfortunately.



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How do people use the "check" feature?
Authored by: DougAdams on Oct 05, '05 04:01:19AM
If you have songs you don't want to hear (and therefore "uncheck"), why do you bother having them in your library?

(I guess the same could be asked about my carefully preserved piles of MacWorld back-issues I never re-read.) I believe the enabled check box was originally designed for excluding CD tracks from being imported. Likewise, un-enabled library tracks will be ignored when converting or when copying to other devices. It has always been a feature of iTunes (though not SoundJam). Rarely are legacy features removed from an application.

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How do people use the "check" feature?
Authored by: pbekkerus on Oct 07, '05 04:54:25AM

I use the check/uncheck for several reasons:

1. I keep a large library of sound effects, and I never want them played unless I specifically want to use them for something.

2. I own songs that have explicit lyrics that I don't want popping up when my kids play any smart list by genre--like Prince's B-sides, or just about any hip-hop these days. It's also nice to know "Because I Got High" by Afroman won't play in my "Pop" playlist when the in-laws are visiting.

3. I teach music and use iTunes to control a number of accompaniments, and don't want those to show up in a random party shuffle.

4. Just because I own a song doesn't mean I want to hear it. I have lots of concert recordings that I keep for archival purposes, but that doesn't mean I want to listen to them.



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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5
Authored by: Tom Robinson on Oct 04, '05 11:37:30AM

You can also command-click in one of the song check-boxes to select/deselect everything in the current window (same as iCal calendars).



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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5
Authored by: TigerKR on Oct 04, '05 09:27:56PM

Thank you for posting this great little hint, I will surely use it next time I need to check or uncheck hundreds of songs (like I did manually, a day or so ago - so _ much _ time _ wasted)...



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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5
Authored by: interlard on Oct 05, '05 06:29:56AM

Wow. If this feature had arrived sooner, it would have saved my last relationship. The argument went something like this:

GF: How do I uncheck all these songs, so my iPod mini won't try to load them?
me: The only thing you can do is Command-click to check or uncheck everything in the list.
GF: <click> OH MY GOD. It just unchecked EVERYTHING in the list.
me: Yes, that's what I just told you it did.
GF: But that's not what I wanted!! YOU JUST DON'T LISTEN TO ME.
me: Er, no, YOU didn't listen...

You get the picture. Apparently women really ARE from Venus.



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Easily check or uncheck multiple songs in iTunes5
Authored by: morespace54 on Oct 07, '05 07:07:20AM

Off topic but I just discover, last night (sigh), that when you are in the "main songs listing" (i.e. not in any playlists) and you want to know to which playlist this song belong, just right-click (or cmd-click) and in the sub-menu, you will find a selction called "Playlists" which list all the playlists that contain that song...

Ok, everyone knew that (including me) but was I found out is when you select one of those listed playlists it shows you selected playlist whith the song higlited. Now that helps a lot when you want to do some rearrangement!



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